50+ Easy Appetizer Recipes for Any Occasion

Appetizers are a great way to start a meal, or they can be enjoyed on their own as a snack. Whether you’re hosting a party or simply looking for something to nibble on, there are plenty of easy appetizer recipes that you can make at home.

In this blog post, we’ll share 50+ of our favorite easy appetizer recipes. From classic dishes like chips and dip to more unique creations like bacon-wrapped dates, there’s something for everyone on this list.

Here are some favorite tips for making easy appetizers:

  • Use pre-made ingredients whenever possible. This will save you time and effort.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors and ingredients. There are endless possibilities when it comes to appetizers.
  • Make a big batch of appetizers and freeze them for later. This is a great way to have easy and delicious appetizers on hand when you need them.

Our Favorite Easy Appetizer Recipes

Crostini dipped into melty goat cheese.
This baked goat cheese appetizer is super simple to throw together at the last minute with just 3 ingredients! Chevre is baked in marinara sauce until hot and bubbly – Perfect for spreading on crostini.
Baked Goat Cheese Appetizer
Cooked bacon wrapped dates in white serving bowl next to small bowl of almonds.
Bacon Wrapped Dates with Almonds make a quick and easy appetizer that's a definite crowd pleaser.
Bacon Wrapped Dates
Side view of Avocado bites wrapped in prosciutto on wood cutting board.
Prosciutto Wrapped Avocado Bites are the perfect party appetizer. They’re an easy to make, no-bake finger food and come together in under 10 minutes!
Prosciutto Wrapped Avocado Bites
Crackers spread with blackberry goat cheese on serving platter with honey wand and blackberries.
Why not whip up this sweet and savory Blackberry Goat Cheese appetizer for your next party?  This elegant appetizer is easy to make with just 5-ingredients!
Blackberry Goat Cheese Appetizer
Overhead shot of small bowl of tapenade on grey plate with crostini scattered about.
This easy Olive Spread recipe comes together in just 10 minutes in your food processor or blender. It's amazing as an appetizer for parties, served as part of a charcuterie board, or used as a sandwich spread.
Olive Spread
Overhead shot of baked brie in puff pastry with red currant fruit spread.
This Baked Brie in Puff Pastry with Jam is a perfect appetizer for the holidays and is made with just FOUR ingredients. Serve this delicious baked brie as an appetizer for Thanksgiving or at your holiday dinner table.
Baked Brie in Puff Pastry
Sausage bites arranged on grey plate with small bowl of mustard sauce.
Sausage Bites are simmered in white wine & served with a creamy, spicy mustard dipping sauce. They’re a delicious party appetizer that cooks up quick.
Sausage Bites with Spicy Mustard Dipping Sauce
Shrimp, lemon wedges and cocktail sauce arranged in tray with cocktail forks.
Learn How to Boil Shrimp for shrimp cocktail, party snacks, and more! This easy cooking method is practically foolproof and fun to customize.
Learn How To Boil Shrimp
Crostini topped with brie, basil and prosciutto arranged on grey plate next to honey wand.
These Brie & Prosciutto Crostini with Honey make the perfect, easy to prepare party appetizer that's made with just a handful of ingredients.
Prosciutto Brie & Honey Crostini
Finished air fryer salmon bites on plate with sesame seeds and green onions, and a spoonful of chipotle crema.
These Air Fryer Salmon Bites strike the perfect balance between crispy, juicy, and downright delicious! Seasoned with a smoky-spicy dry rub and cooked quickly in the air fryer, they’re always a popular snack to serve at parties or a protein to top on grain bowls, salads, and tacos.
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Blistered shishito peppers served on a black plate with lemon wedges.
These Blistered Shishito Peppers are the perfect finger food. They’re so easy to make too. Lightly seasoned and slightly smoky, you’ll find that most are mild… one out of every ten might surprise you. 
Blistered Shishito Peppers
Hummus in bowl topped with macadamia nuts and parsley.
Macadamia Nut Hummus puts a Hawaiian spin on the traditional chickpea spread– It’s rich, creamy, tangy and perfect for slathering on sandwiches or serving as an appetizer dip with vegetables.
Macadamia Nut Hummus
Overhead closeup of steak bites in skillet topped with garlic bits and parsley.
Garlic Butter Steak Bites with Creamy Mustard Dipping Sauce are the perfect appetizer to serve at your next party or serve them up for dinner with a couple sides. The best part? They’ll be on your table in under 15 minutes!
Garlic Butter Steak Bites
Overhead shot of tahini yogurt sauce in bowl topped with pomegranate seeds and with pita dipped into it.
This creamy Middle Eastern Yogurt Sauce will quickly become your new favorite quick & easy go to. Drizzle it over grilled salmon, serve it with lamb kebabs or shawarma, or use it as a yogurt dip for veggies.
Tahini Yogurt Sauce
Plate of filet mignon bites ready to be served.
These Filet Mignon Bites with Creamy Horseradish Sauce are the perfect elegant appetizer to serve at your next party. Tender bites of filet mignon are wrapped in bacon and served with a thick and tangy horseradish sauce.
Filet Mignon Bites
Bowl of guacamole on tray with chips.
This fresh and vibrant Guacamole recipe is so easy! Mix it up in minutes for a creamy dip, a delicious topping for nachos, or to serve on Taco Tuesday.
Guacamole
Grana padano wrapped in prosciutto and topped with fig jam.
These bites of Prosciutto Wrapped Grana Padano with Fig Preserves are the perfect party snack. This easy to make, no-bake finger food comes together in under 10-minutes.
Prosciutto Wrapped Grana Padano
These Fennel & Salami Bites are a perfect holiday appetizer. It only takes 3 ingredients to create these delicious bites! | platingsandpairings.com
Thin sliced fennel is topped with salami and nutty parmesan cheese for an easy-to-prepare, three-ingredient appetizer that’s sure to impress.
Salami Topped Fennel
Whipped feta dip in bowl topped with olives, pine nuts and olive oil. Served with pita.
Whipped Feta Dip is seriously addicting! Whipped together with oil, greek yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, and cream, feta cheese transforms into a light and airy Mediterranean dip. Serve it at parties, celebrations, or enjoy it all for yourself!
Whipped Feta
Overhead close up of ham & cheese pinwheel.
These Ham and Cheese Pinwheels are an easy & elegant appetizer or brunch idea. Given a bit of tang from dijon mustard & taken over the top with “everything” bagel seasoning.
Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
Mushroom pate on grey plate.
This Mushroom Pate recipe is the perfect addition to a vegetarian charcuterie platter.
Mushroom Pate
Pasta chips on plate with small bowl of dipping sauce.
Pasta Chips are the latest TikTok food trend. Made with cooked pasta that's coated with parmesan, garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Then air fried (or baked in the oven) until crispy, crunchy & delicious!
Pasta Chips
Overhead shot of serving tray of toasted ravioli with bowl of marinara sauce.
Air Fryer Ravioli. Coated in a cheesy, breadcrumb mixture and then air fried until crispy and delicious! Serve this yummy appetizer with marinara sauce or alfredo sauce and enjoy! 
Air Fryer Ravioli
Cooked potstickers in air fryer basket.
This Air Fryer Potstickers recipe teaches you how to easily cook store-bought frozen dumplings in the air fryer without any excess oil.
Air Fryer Potstickers
HEAD OF ROASTED GARLIC IN SMALL SERVING DISH.
This Roasted Garlic recipe is one to keep in your back pocket at all times! The soft caramelized garlic cloves can be used to make almost anything, like soups, pasta, and sauces, extra delicious.
Roasted Garlic Recipe
Hamachi crudo arranged on grey plate topped with lemon slices and serrano peppers.
Hamachi is a type of flavorful yellowtail fish that is often served raw as nigiri and sashimi-style sushi. Use it to make this simple Hamachi Crudo appetizer.
Hamachi
Close up of baked chips in basket.
These Baked Tortilla Chips are made using store-bought corn tortillas. Just cut them into wedges, season them with Mexican spices, spray with oil and bake for a perfectly crispy, dippable chip!
Baked Tortilla Chips
Bowl of chipotle salsa in serving tray with chips and limes.
This 5-Minute Chipotle Salsa comes together easily with the help of your blender. It's a great sauce for tacos or dip for tortilla chips!
Chipotle Salsa
Hands holding bowl of hummus topped with whipped feta & chili oil.
Never choose between hummus or whipped feta again! This Hummus with Whipped Feta and Chili Oil is a party-ready dip that features layers of whipped feta cheese and homemade classic hummus. The spicy chili oil on top cuts through the richness and explodes with flavor!
Hummus with Whipped Feta
Overhead shot of greek nachos arranged on plate with toppings.
These Greek Nachos with Hummus are topped with crumbly feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, pepperoncini, Kalamata olives and a tangy tzatziki sauce. They make a perfect party appetizer!
Greek Nachos with Hummus
Pan con tomate on board next to tomatoes and flaky salt container.
Pa Amb Tomàquet (or Pan Con Tomate) is a simple but delicious tapas recipe made with only 5 ingredients! It's like a Spanish version of bruschetta in the best way possible with toasty bread, garlic and fresh grated tomatoes.
Pan Con Tomate
Overhead shot of greek yogurt ranch dip in bread bowl next to small orange peppers and watermelon radish.
Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip made with only 3-ingredients is perfect for snacking or parties. Make it in just 15-minutes with a ranch seasoning packet and serve with your favorite veggies for dipping!
Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip
Stuffed crab deviled eggs on dark background topped with sesame seeds, avocado, radishes and cucumber.
Crab Deviled Eggs are an easy, delicious variation of the classic recipe. It's like your favorite California Roll in deviled egg form. The creamy yolks are combined with wasabi for a spicy kick, then they're topped with crab, avocado and cucumber. 
Crab Deviled Eggs
Bowl of smoked salmon dip with piece of crostini dipped into it.
This homemade Smoked Salmon Dip with Cream Cheese is so refreshing, creamy, and delicious! It’s made with 8 simple ingredients like fresh herbs, lemon, sour cream, and rich smoked salmon for an irresistible dipping experience.
Smoked Salmon Dip
This incredible mushroom tart makes a fabulous appetizer! It starts with puff pastry, gruyere cheese, and caramelized shallots glazed in balsamic.
Balsamic Glazed Mushroom Tart
These garlic Caprese crostini melts are a crowd-pleasing appetizer with the classic Caprese flavors of mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil. Finished off with a tangy balsamic drizzle!
Caprese Crostini
Sausage balls are a classic American appetizer that are especially popular around the holidays. The Cajun twist on this recipe can’t be beat!
Creole Sausage Balls
This is our appetizer love language: cheesy and baked to crispy-capped perfection, meet the best stuffed mushroom recipe ever.
Stuffed Mushrooms
These spicy jalapeño poppers filled with crispy bacon, cream cheese and parmesan are so simple and craveable you’ll be looking for any excuse to make them.
Jalapeño Poppers
These Roasted Zucchini Rolls with Guacamole are best served as a light appetizer or with a side of fish for lunch or dinner.  All you need is zucchini, guacamole, and a few herbs and spices. It really doesn't get easier than that!
Roasted Zucchini Rolls with Guacamole
Vietnamese summer rolls with chicken are fresh, light, and healthy. This Asian summer snack takes less than 20 minutes to make and easier than you think.
Vietnamese Summer Rolls
Cranberry Brie Bites are quick and easy to make with flaky puff pastry, gooey melty brie, and sweet cranberry sauce. The perfect holiday appetizer.
Cranberry Brie Bites
Homemade chili nachos are crispy, cheesy, delicious, and flavorful. This modern twist on a Mexican classic is the best way to use up any leftover chili.
Chili Nachos
The options are limitless with these Individual Charcuterie Cups. Grab some plastic cups and load them with meat, cheese, and garnishes.
Individual Charcuterie Cups
These Melon Basil Prosciutto Skewers are a delicious, fresh appetizer to serve at all of your summer gatherings! They are paleo and gluten free!
Melon Ball Prosciutto Skewers
This easy stromboli recipe is SO delicious!! It’s made with ham, salami and two different cheeses. This recipe is simple, tasty and easy enough for everyone!
Stromboli
Chili Lime Sunflower Seed Dip is creamy, tangy, fresh and flavorful. Sunflower Seed dip is made from wholesome ingredients including raw sunflower seeds, a whole large carrot, olive oil and fresh citrus juice. 
Chili Lime Dip
These homemade mini pizza bagel bites are just as more-ish as they sound! Once you know how to make bagel bites, you’ll want to rustle up this bite size pizza snack all the time. They’re a great lunch, snack or appetizer. Give these easy DIY pizza bagels a try!
Mini Pizza Bagel Bites
Take your meat and cheese to go with these quick & easy Charcuterie Skewers. Perfect for beach trips, cookouts, or anytime you need a protein-packed snack!
Charcuterie Skewers
Spinach and Brie Triangles: baked brie triangles with sweet honey and a dust of sea salt…such an easy appetizer that everyone always loves!
Spinach and Brie Triangles
Peach Burrata Parmesan Crostini with hot honey: These look and taste fancy, but are so simple to make – and so amazingly GOOD!
Peach Burrata Parmesan Crostini
This easy and fresh watermelon skewers recipe is perfect for a summer BBQ or meal. This may become one of your new fav summer appetizers.
Watermelon Feta Skewers
This flavorful bread dipping oil will only take you 5 minutes to make and it’s so full of flavor you’ll want to drizzle it on more than just bread.
Bread Dipping Oil
Make the most irresistible fiery snack in under 10 minutes! This Spicy Edamame with Garlic is insanely addicting and fool-proof.
Spicy Edamame

How to Make Ahead and Store

Many of these appetizer recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

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Side view of Avocado bites wrapped in prosciutto on wood cutting board.

50+ EASY Appetizer Recipes

Whether you're hosting a party or simply looking for something to nibble on, there are plenty of easy appetizer recipes that you can make at home. Try these Prosciutto Wrapped Avocado Bites. They're an easy to make, no-bake finger food and come together in under 10 minutes!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

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Instructions

  • Wrap each avocado slice with half a slice of prosciutto. Drizzle with balsamic glaze. Serve. 
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Nutrition

Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 519mg | Fiber: 6g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 10.1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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