Buffalo Shrimp Sliders.

Slider buns stuffed with pan-fried shrimp tossed in buffalo sauce, topped with blue cheese dressing, blue cheese crumbles and thinly sliced celery. The ultimate appetizer for devouring while cheering on your favorite team in the Big Game.

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Today, I’m bringing you another drool-worthy appetizer to whip up for your Big Game parties. These easy sliders have only 5 (!!) ingredients, come together in 15 minutes and are packed with all the best tailgating flavors … mainly buffalo sauce and blue cheese.

Here you’ve got an ordinary combination of flavors used in a fun and finger-food friendly way.

An overhead image of 3 buffalo shrimp sliders with blue cheese

A little bit about these shrimp sliders:

  • Shrimp. This shrimp is frozen, easy peel, shell-on shrimp. These are large, 31-40 shrimp/lb, but use whatever size shrimp you want. You can either thaw the shrimp in the fridge overnight, or run the frozen shrimp under cold water for a few minutes to thaw quickly. These shrimp took me about 5 minutes to peel. If you want to skip this peeling step, purchase pre-cooked frozen shrimp, but you don’t want to cook these again (they’ll get rubbery), so just thaw and toss with buffalo sauce.
    • When purchasing shrimp, look for those that have nothing added to them – no chemicals, preservatives, raised without antibiotics, etc and that they are raised on a certified sustainable farm (if you’re purchasing farmed shrimp).
    • When purchasing “fresh” shrimp at your seafood counter, keep in mind that those shrimp were likely frozen and are now thawed, so you’ll want to use them right away. And if those shrimp smell like ammonia or the shells are slimy, get rid of them, they’ve likely gone bad.
    • We always have a bag of frozen shrimp in the freezer for quick meals or appetizers like this.
    • Shrimp provides an excellent source of protein and a great source of selenium (80% DV) and iodine (30%), which are both helpful in supporting a healthy metabolism. Shrimp are also rich in phosphorous (important for bone health) and Vitamin B12 (important for production of red blood cells and brain function).
  • Buns. These buns are dinner rolls that we got at our local grocery store. You can use slider buns, snowflake rolls, etc. If you can find whole grain ones, even better.
  • Blue cheese. Gotta have blue cheese with your celery. And your buffalo sauce. Use your favorite blue cheese dressing. We used this Simply Dressed one. Then, really for visual appeal, I added some blue cheese crumbles. Totally optional and depends on how much your family and fans like blue cheese.
  • Celery. You gotta have celery with your blue cheese and buffalo. Plus, it adds a veggie to this shrimp slider, so I am all for it. And don’t forgot that great crunch that celery has. Every good sandwich must have crunch!

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This recipe makes 6 sliders. If you’re serving these shrimp sandwiches along with other appetizers, 1 slider is great for 1 person, so this recipe would serve 6 for apps. If you only have a few appetizers and you’re serving a crowd, you’ll want to double the recipe.

These sliders are great for a fun dinner too. This recipe would serve our family of 4 for dinner, along with 1-2 sides. You’ll want to opt for a mild buffalo sauce if you’re serving this to kiddos, unless your kids can handle heat.

An overhead image of shrimp sliders with blue cheese and celery.

We don’t have a favorite brand of buffalo sauce, so use whatever you like. Here’s the medium buffalo wing sauce we used: Moore’s Original Buffalo Wing Sauce.

A bottle of buffalo sauce

Here’s how to make these Buffalo Shrimp Sliders:

Buffalo Shrimp Sliders

Slider buns stuffed with pan-fried shrimp tossed in buffalo sauce, topped with blue cheese dressing, blue cheese crumbles and thinly sliced celery. The ultimate appetizer for devouring while cheering on your favorite team in the Big Game.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword buffalo shrimp
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces 31-40 large raw shrimp, shell on, easy peel frozen and thawed
  • 1 teaspoon organic sunflower or canola oil or other mild cooking oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons buffalo sauce mild, medium or hot, your choice
  • 6 slider buns or dinner rolls
  • 1 head organic celery, divided thinly slice 3-4 stalks for the sliders and then cut the rest into celery sticks for dipping in blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese dressing, plus more for serving use reduced-fat, if preferred
  • 2 ounces blue cheese crumbles
  • ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Peel thawed shrimp. Dry shrimp well with paper towels. Wash your hands after touching raw shrimp.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat until hot. Add shrimp, flipping after about 1 minute (once underside is seared and lightly browned). Cook another 1-2 minutes until shrimp is just opaque and cooked through (don’t overcook!).
  • Remove from heat and toss with buffalo sauce. 
  • Assemble sliders by placing 3-4 shrimp on each bottom slider bun, then topping with sliced celery, dressing and blue cheese crumbles. Add the top slider bun.
     
  • Serve sliders with celery sticks and additional blue cheese for dipping.

Notes

*Frozen shrimp should either be thawed in the fridge overnight or placed under cold running water. Do not refreeze thawed shrimp.
This recipe makes 6 buffalo shrimp sliders. It will easily serve 6 people as an appetizer, if other apps are being served. If you're making these sliders for a meal, it'll serve 3-4 people, as long as you're serving sides with it. 
Recipe can easily be doubled or tripled for serving a crowd. 

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