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What To Serve With Shrimp Cocktail – 15 Delicious Sides

If you’re wondering what to serve with your shrimp cocktail, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I list 15 of the most popular side dishes for shrimp cocktail.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best dishes to serve with shrimp cocktail are cheese straws, mango habanero salad, hushpuppies, and tortilla chips. For party food, you can serve it with lumpia, steak bites, and honey brie crostini. Try panzanella salad, pineapple salsa, and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus for healthier choices.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Cheese straws

These cheese straws are a must-have accompaniment if you plan to serve shrimp cocktail at your next party.

These delicacies are buttery, flakey, and oh-so-crispy.

The Cookie Rookie’s recipe uses two kinds of cheese (parmesan and gruyere) for the ultimate cheesy bite. 

Making these cheese straws is a breeze.

Mango habanero salad

Shrimp cocktail is usually served as an appetizer.

But if you want to make it a complete meal, serve it alongside this mango habanero salad. 

This is a healthy dish, with kale and frisee boosting its nutrient content and the seared scallops adding a hit of protein. 

Everything is tied together with a spicy and zesty habanero garlic citrus dressing balanced by the sweet mangoes and queso fresco.

Enjoy this mango habanero salad for a quick and delicious lunch.

Cheddar cheese hushpuppies

Bring a Southern flair to your shrimp cocktail with a side of these gorgeous hushpuppies. 

Regular hushpuppies are already great, but this recipe jazzes them up by adding jalapenos and cheddar cheese.

These additions give your hushpuppies an irresistible sweet and smoky flavor. 

You just might be able to demolish a whole batch of these cheddar cheese hushpuppies

Pssst… You can whip up a chipotle honey dipping sauce or simply dunk your hushpuppies in the cocktail sauce. 

Tortilla chips

Making Mexican-style shrimp cocktail?

You have to serve it with homemade tortilla chips – it’s the only way. 

You can go the deep-frying route with your chips, but I like to take the easy route by baking them. 

Plus, they’re healthier that way too.

You’ll only need 25 minutes to prep and cook these homemade baked tortilla chips

Honey brie crostini

Looking for some more finger food to go with shrimp cocktail? 

You can’t go wrong making these honey brie crostini. 

They’re creamy and cheesy, with a touch of sweetness. 

Brie and honey pair well together, giving you perfectly balanced flavors on top of a crunchy crostini. 

This honey brie crostini recipe is foolproof – you’re guaranteed perfection even if you’re a beginner in the kitchen.

Creamy lemon and zucchini pasta

Are you planning to have shrimp cocktail as a main dish? 

Make it a well-rounded meal with a serving of this lemon and zucchini pasta. 

This dish’s flavor-packed creamy sauce cuts through the residual heat of your cocktail sauce. 

My favorite thing about this dish is how simple its ingredients are.

Despite its simplicity, this one-pot lemon butter ricotta and zucchini pasta will have you licking your plate.

Baked crab cake balls

Want to add more seafood for your party spread? 

Look no further than these crab cake balls.

You still get that meaty, crabby goodness, just in a bite-sized form. 

You’ll be everyone’s favorite game-day host when your guests get a taste of these baked crab cake balls.

Pro Tip: these morsels are superb with cocktail sauce, but you can also dip them in a sriracha dipping sauce (thank me later).

Onion rings

Sometimes, all you need to round out your meal is a generous helping of onion rings (or maybe that’s just me?).

The great thing about these onion rings is that they’re made in the air fryer.

You’ll still get that same crispiness, just with fewer calories and less mess to clean up.


Skip making a dipping sauce and dip your crispy air fryer onion rings in your shrimp cocktail sauce instead.

Cornbread panzanella salad

Give your panzanella salad a delicious Southern makeover using toasted cornbread.

It’s a simple swap that takes this salad to another level. 

This salad’s flavor combination of tomatoes and corn is classic and irresistible. 

Make your meals more substantial with this cornbread panzanella salad.

Corn ribs

These corn ribs are a great accompaniment to your shrimp cocktail. 

Corn on the cob is a classic partner to shrimp, but you have to admit – it’s not the easiest thing to eat.

That’s why these corn ribs are a great alternative. They’re cut into bite-sized pieces that are super convenient to eat.

With these ‘ribs’, you can still enjoy your corn – just with less mess.

Check out Alpha Foodie for the recipe!

Air fryer potato chips

Shrimp cocktail is typically seen as an appetizer, but it’s also great for a light snack.

Throw a couple of potato chips on the side to add a delicious contrasting element. 

But if you have more time, ditch the bagged potato chips and make them yourself – it’s easier than you think. 

Take advantage of your mandolin and air fryer to make the best guilt-free potato chips

Pork lumpia

Beef up your party table with a platter of pork lumpia. 

These are scrumptious treats stuffed with a flavorful pork filling and deep-fried until extra crunchy.

It’ll be hard to find someone that doesn’t like these. 

They’re even better with a chili dipping sauce, but they taste superb with the shrimp cocktail’s sauce too.

Making pork lumpia shanghai is a labor of love, but so worth it.

Steak bites

Serve shrimp cocktail with these steak bites for a fun surf-and-turf party spread. 

These bite-sized delights are everything you love in a steak – a caramelized peppery crust with juicy and pink insides. 

Each steak cube is topped with decadent blue cheese butter and crispy pepitas, making them even more delicious.

These steak bites are guaranteed to be a hit among all your guests.

Pineapple salsa

Add a refreshing bite to your shrimp cocktail with this pineapple salsa. 

The sweetness of the pineapple is offset by the rest of the ingredients in this salsa.

It gives you the right balance of sweet and savory flavors and a welcome touch of spice. 

This pineapple salsa is a fantastic appetizer.

Prosciutto wrapped asparagus

These prosciutto-wrapped asparagus are a great addition to your party table. 

They’re also great as a light and healthy snack.

They’re a piece of cake to make – you only need two ingredients and 20 minutes.

You’ll struggle to find anything as easy and delicious as these prosciutto-wrapped asparagus.

The best side dishes for shrimp cocktail

  • Cheese straws
  • Mango habanero salad
  • Cheddar cheese hushpuppies
  • Tortilla chips
  • Honey brie crostini
  • Creamy lemon and zucchini pasta
  • Baked crab cake balls
  • Onion rings
  • Cornbread panzanella salad
  • Corn ribs
  • Air fryer potato chips
  • Pork lumpia
  • Steak bites
  • Pineapple salsa
  • Prosciutto wrapped asparagus

What To Serve With Shrimp Cocktail

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your shrimp cocktail.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: shrimp cocktail side dishes, what to serve with shrimp cocktail
Prep Time: 0 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 85kcal


  • 1 portion shrimp cocktail


  • Prepare your shrimp cocktail according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: cheese straws, mango habanero salad, cheddar cheese hushpuppies, tortilla chips, honey brie crostini, creamy lemon and zucchini pasta, baked crab cake balls, onion rings, cornbread panzanella salad, corn ribs, air fryer potato chips, pork lumpia, steak bites, pineapple salsa, and prosciutto wrapped asparagus.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 85kcal

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