How I make garlic prawn/shrimp canapes or tartlets.

This is a demonstration video recipe for making garlic prawns or shrimp tartlets.

Make this dish next time you cater a party. The recipe is relatively easy and is best prepared a day ahead.

When I made it, the food cost was $0.67 apiece now the food cost is closer to $0.77 a piece.

Prepare the Bechamel Sauce

Start by making the bechamel sauce with a dash of white wine, well seasoned and thick.

It is best to make the white wine sauce a day ahead and use it cold.

Therefore the cooked prawns can be cooled quickly.

Cook the shrimp or prawns

1st, blanch the cleaned shrimp or prawn pieces in a hot pan with garlic butter or oil for 1 minute.

Cook on each side just to set the colour without overcooking.

Then place the blanched prawns into the cold white wine sauce and into a refrigerator to stop the cooking process.

Cut up the chilled, defrosted pastry.

Next, cut pastry sheets into approximately nine pieces, 3×3″ or 75mm x75mm.

Place the pasty sheets into a spayed (with oil to make it non-stick).

File the pastry bases.

Garlic prawn canapes getting sauced.

Top with parmesan cheese.

Adding parmesan cheese to canapes

Fill the pastry bases.

Place cold shrimp/prawn into a pastry pocket and top with the sauce, shallots and cheese.

Have the garlic shrimp canapes ready to go into a hot oven 20-25 minutes before service.

Do not cook the tarts too early, as seafood does not hold well when cooked as the protein shrinks and squeezes out all the moisture.

Fresh seafood is delicate and rewards you with beautiful flavour if handled well.

Bake the savoury tarts.

Cook for around 15-20 minutes in a moderately hot oven, 180 deg C or 350 deg F

Serving hot garlic prawn canapes

Spoon out the tarts and serve

These savoury canapes take about 15 minutes to turn golden brown and heat through. Allow 2 pieces per person as an appetizer.

I would allow eight portions of this size per customer for a light meal or cocktail party.

When working with seafood, remember that it is very high in protein, shrinks, loses moisture, and goes tough when overcooked.

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Garlic Prawn Tart, Garlic Shrimp Appetizer Recipe

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Skill Level Beginner
Standard Prep Time 9 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Standard Total Time 24 minutes
Cuisine Australian, French
Dollar Range $0.01 – $1.00
Food Cost $0.77 a piece


  • Canapes Pan muffin pan small
  • Scales
  • Canapes Scoop, Ice Cream Scoop
  • Stainless Steel Bowl
  • Chef Knife


  • 20 g butter unsalted
  • 6 g garlic crushed
  • 180 g prawn peeled, 20 g each
  • 10 ml canola oil spray
  • 200 g puff pastry store-bought
  • 100 ml white sauce cold
  • 30 g Parmesan cheese shaved
  • 5 g shallots sliced

total food cost

Total Ingredient Cost $6.93

Preparation Time Estimate

Minutes 9


Catering for 9 pieces


  • Preheat your oven to 180°c/350°f or 10% less if a fan-forced oven.
  • Spray canapes pan with canola oil. Push the pastry into the tray holes.
    10 ml canola oil
  • Cut each sheet into 9 even size squares.
    200 g puff pastry
  • Blanch prawns in garlic butter, then chill.
    20 g butter, 180 g prawn
  • Fill each pastry base with 2 cooked shrimp or prawns, about (20 grams or t-spoon) mixed with then white sauce.
    6 g garlic, 100 ml white sauce
  • Sprinkle each tartlet with shaved parmesan cheese. Top with shallots.
    30 g Parmesan cheese, 5 g shallots
  • Cook for 15 minutes until golden brown or less with a fan-forced oven.

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White sauce recipe link – Bechamel white sauce recipe link

Make the white wine sauce the day ahead.
Recipe tip – Blanch the shrimp or prawns in garlic butter and chill before placing them into the canape bases.

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Serving: 50gCalories: 171kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 7gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 139mgPotassium: 94mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 49IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 73mgIron: 1mg
Keywords Prawn, Shrimp
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