Paprika & Anise Shrimp Bites

Take your taste buds on a trip to Budapest with this classic Hungarian recipe! The bite-size shrimp snacks are an easy, delicious appetizer.


You can check out the original recipe here:

  • 2 Tbsp bacon fat
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped shallot
  • 1 tsp whole anise seeds
  • 2 lb uncooked extra-large or jumbo shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 1/4 cup semi-dry white wine (such as Riesling)
  • 1 Tbsp sweet paprika
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper


In a large skillet or saute pan, cook the garlic and shallot over medium heat until just softened.

Add the anise seed and cook another minute, then raise the heat to medium high and add the shrimp.

Cook, stirring, until shrimp are almost opaque. Stir in the wine and paprika. Cook 1-2 more minutes until shrimp are cooked through.

Remove from heat, stir in the butter until well mixed. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with crusty bread and a chilled semi-dry white wine. Serve 3-4 as an entree or 8 as an appetizer.