Beer Battered Shrimp with Tartar Sauce

What’s your favorite appetizer to serve at a holiday gathering or cocktail party? I love having something easy that people can walk around with and mingle. These Beer Battered Shrimp with Tartar Sauce are not only easy, they’re the perfect portable bite.

beer battered shrimp with tarter sauce

When it comes to making appetizers, I love taking the help of the grocery store and combining it with something homemade. These elegant hand held bites are ideal for last minute guests or a light nibble to entertain with.

Party Perfect

Beer Battered Shrimp with Tartar Sauce hits all of the check marks of the perfect party treat. When it comes to serving hors d’oeuvres I always look for something that’s only one or two bites. I love to have different textures and a pop of color. It should be as beautiful as it is tasty.

Using Gorton’s Beer Batter Shrimp as the star of these crispy bite not only saves time, but gives me total control over the quality of the ingredients. I love Gorton’s for their commitment to Trusted Catch™ sustainability and minimal environmental impact. As pioneers in frozen food and always researching new processing methods, their seafood is quality can taste.

The Beer Batter Shrimp are produced with real draft beer giving these shrimp the perfect crispy yet light batter. While they beg to be dipped in something this appetizer combines the shrimp with the perfect tangy and creamy tartar sauce making them ideal for picking up and walking around.

A bright slice of lemon balances the batter while the burst of red pepper drops gives that sweet fresh little bite. Don’t forget the final flourish of herbaceous dill! I think these would be equally at home at a game day gathering or your next cocktail party.

Quick and Easy Beer Batter Shrimp with Tartar Sauce

I promise that this will not only be the easiest appetize you’ll make, but also your favorite go to recipe. Let’s break down the three components.

beer batter shrimp with tartar sauce

The star of this appetizer is of course the shrimp. They’re the only part that require any cooking. You’ll want to preheat your oven to 425 degrees and use a metal pan for baking. To ensure that they are perfectly crispy all the way around, flip them after 10 minutes. These cook up in only 16-20 minutes so while they’re baking you can prepare the tartar sauce.

For the tartar sauce you can either prepare it while the shrimp are baking, or the day before. It has the tang and crunch of cornichon, salty bite of capers, and sunny burst of lemon along with a few other ingredients you probably always have on hand. If you do make it ahead of time, it’ll allow the flavors to mingle and develop a little more but it’s delicious either way.

The final component is the cracker that creates the ideal portable base for these Beer Batter Shrimp with Tartar Sauce appetizers. Use you’re favorite cracker, but think about flavors and texture. You want something sturdy enough to hold the shrimp, but also neutral in flavor. It’s all about that sweet succulent shrimp enrobed in the crispy crunchy savory beer batter mixed with the zesty tartar sauce.

I promised you these were quick and easy! Are you looking for more easy recipe inspirations? Make sure you check out my recipe for Italian Sausage Pot Pie.

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Beer Batter Shrimp with Tartar Sauce

This quick and easy appetizer combines crispy shrimp with a zesty tartar sauce in the perfect portable bite.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer
Servings 4


  • baking sheet


Beer Batter Shrimp with Tartar Sauce

  • 1 pkg Gorton's Beer Batter Shrimp
  • 1 pkg long crackers
  • 1 cup tartar sauce
  • fresh dill
  • lemon slices
  • red pepper drops

Zesty Tartar Sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup cornichon, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp capers, drained
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard


Beer Batter Shrimp with Tartar Sauce

  • Preheat the oven to 425.
  • Place shrimp on a baking sheet.
  • Per package directions, back 16-20 minutes, flipping once after 10 minutes.
  • Layer each cracker with a teaspoon of the tartar sauce.
  • Place crispy shrimp on top of the tartar. Top with a sliver of lemon, red pepper drop, and frond of dill. Enjoy!

Zesty Tartar Sauce

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl. This can be prepared while the shrimp bake, or ahead of time.


For this quick and easy recipe I used Gorton’s Beer Batter Shrimp
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