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Shrimp Pesto Crostini

These Shrimp Pesto Crostini are creamy, spicy, tangy, light and flavorful! Makes a great appetizer for entertaining, holidays or a light dinner.

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Holidays are almost upon us and we could all use more appetizers for all the upcoming parties and get togethers. Today, it is a fun Mexican spin on an Italian pesto!

Crunch baguette slices topped with a creamy sea asparagus pesto, fresh corn pico de gallo and spicy shrimp – It is spicy, fresh, flavorful, tangy and delicious.

Main components –

Creamy Pesto – Sea asparagus pesto is mixed with greek yogurt, red pepper flakes and salt.

Spicy Shrimp – Skillet cooked shrimp with flavorful spices like garlic powder, cayenne powder and chili powder.

Corn pico de gallo – Cooked corn, chopped tomato, red onion, cilantro jalapeños peppers and lime juice.

Baguette – Slice French baguette into 1/4-inch slices and toast until golden crisp.

Expert tips

Adjust spiciness based on your taste.

Use fresh or frozen corn

How can we make ahead?

Baguette slices can be toasted and stored in an air tight container for up to 2 days.

Shrimp can be cooked and refrigerated for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Corn pico de gallo can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.

Assemble crostini just before serving.

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Shrimp Pesto Crostini

Shrimp Pesto Crostini

Yield: 15 Pieces
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

These Shrimp Pesto Crostini are creamy, spicy, tangy, light and flavorful! Makes a great appetizer for entertaining, holidays or a light dinner.


  • 1/2 French baguette, cut into 1/4 inch slices

Creamy Pesto

  • 1 - 4 ounce jar Sea Aspargus Pesto 
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt to taste

Spicy Shrimp

  • 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails removed and patted dry
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder (more if desired)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 

Corn Pico de Gallo

  • 1/2 cup cooked corn, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeds removed, chopped (optional)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons lime or lemon juice
  • Salt to taste


Toast Baguette

1. Pre heat oven to 400° F. Place cut baguette slices on a baking sheet, in a single layer.

2. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden in color. Cool completely.

Make Creamy Pesto

Stir pesto sauce, yogurt, red pepper flakes and salt together.

Make Spicy Shrimp

1. In a medium bowl, toss shrimp along with all spices (except vegetable oil), until well coated. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes or up to 2 hours. (If pressed for time, then go ahead with cooking shrimp right away).

2. Heat vegetable oil in a medium skillet, until moderately hot. Add shrimp in a single layer, cook for about 2-3 minutes, turn over and cook for another minute or two or until cooked through. Transfer to a plate.

Make Corn Pico de Gallo

1. Mix all corn pico de gallo ingredients together in a bowl.

Assemble Crostini

1. Spread some creamy pesto on each toasted baguette, top with corn pico de gallo and a shrimp.


Adjust spiciness based on your taste.

Use fresh or frozen corn.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 67Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 301mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g

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