3 seafood recipes to upgrade your summer cookouts

(BPT) – Summer is almost here! Are you ready to have friends and family over for a cookout? It’s time to plan your menu with foods your guests will love.

To make things easier on yourself and your guests, plan to make some snacks, appetizers, and other light bites that are quick and delicious. If you’re looking to whip up dishes that pair well with burgers and chicken or that shine all on their own, try making some seafood creations.

Cooking seafood can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be complicated to create a light, refreshing, protein-packed meal for your family and guests. SeaPak seafood products are delicious and convenient and can be prepared in an oven or air fryer.

1. Jumbo Coconut Shrimp

This classic seafood staple is a simple yet tasty addition to your summer cookout menu. You can enjoy the crisp coconut flake coating this hand-breaded shrimp on its own, dip it in the accompanying zesty marmalade dipping sauce, or use it in other dishes. For example, make some Tropical Shrimp Kabobs with coconut shrimp, zucchini, red onion and pineapple. Brush a teriyaki-style sauce over it, and you’ll have a tasty snack your guests can munch on while they mingle in the backyard.

2. Southern Style Jumbo Shrimp

If you want something savory, try Southern Style Jumbo Shrimp coated in pickle-brined breading with a sweet mustard barbecue sauce. Enjoy them on their own as an appetizer, or try them in a fun recipe. Mini Shrimp Tacos make for an excellent backyard dish. These tiny tacos can be topped with salsa, Sriracha or a creamy orange marmalade sauce. This mix of sweet and spicy takes less than 30 minutes to make but will have your guests talking about your culinary skills for a long time to come.

3. Shrimp Spring Rolls

Shrimp in a spring roll? Your appetizer dreams have come true. Tender shrimp and crispy vegetables are hand-wrapped in a delicate crunchy wrapper, offering your guests a culinary experience of different flavors and textures. They also make entertaining easy and tasty. You can pass a plate of them around while preparing other dishes or set them down for people to pick up as they choose. Spring rolls also pair well with many other dishes — like a Sweet Melon, Avocado and Spinach Salad — for a fun variety of options for guests.

These three recipes are sure to delight your taste buds and help make great memories at your next summer get-together. To learn more about these products and other recipes, visit SeaPak.com.