How to Make Seafood Pinwheels Appetizers in No Time

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Seafood Pinwheels – A cream cheese mayo and cocktail sauce, loaded with crab meat and shrimp, mozzarella cheese, and finely chopped tomatoes.

Crab and Shrimp Pinwheels Recipe

If you are a seafood lover, then you are in for a treat!

This blog post is all about a simple pinwheel appetizer that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

The combination of tangy cream cheese mayo and cocktail sauce blend, crab meat, cocktail-sized shrimp, mozzarella cheese, and finely chopped tomatoes makes this appetizer a seafood lover’s dream.

Seafood Pinwheels

You can whip up these cream cheese pinwheels in no time and freeze them for later, making them a perfect party snack or upscale appetizer.

Keep on reading to find out how to make these seafood pinwheels!

Why You Will Love The Seafood Pinwheels Recipe

  • Can serve as an appetizer or a main course – perfect for entertaining, tailgating, family gatherings, potlucks, and more!
  • A delicious and easy-to-make appetizer that will tantalize the taste buds of seafood lovers
  • The cheesy, creamy blend of cream cheese, mayo, and cocktail sauce with crab meat, shrimp, and mozzarella cheese will please even picky eaters
  • Only eight simple ingredients to create a restaurant-quality appetizer
  • Ideal for parties or special occasions – can be made ahead of time and frozen for convenience
  • Bursting with flavors: tangy Mayo and Cocktail Sauce mixed with juicy tomatoes and sweet crabmeat make a perfect treat
  • Fresh & healthy alternative to traditional fried snacks – no frying pan needed!
  • An impressive dish that looks beautiful on any table setting
Seafood Pinwheels

Servings: 24

Prep time: 15 minutes

Chill time: 1-2 hours

What You Need to Make The Seafood Rollups

  • Cream cheese softened
  • Mayonnaise
  • Seafood cocktail sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Crab meat drained
  • Small cocktail-sized shrimp
  • Roma tomato, finely diced
  • Flour tortillas

For exact measurements, please see the printable recipe card below.

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How to Make Easy Crab and Shrimp Rollups

Gather: First, gather all your ingredients: tortillas, cream cheese, mayonnaise, cocktail sauce, crab meat, cocktail-sized shrimp, mozzarella cheese, and chopped tomatoes.

Mix: Next, mix the cream cheese, mayonnaise, and cocktail sauce together in a bowl. This mixture will be the base spread for your pinwheels. Grab a tortilla and spread the mixture on one side, leaving a bit of space around the edges.

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Add: After you have the base spread, it’s time to add your seafood. Grab a handful of crab meat and sprinkle it on top of the mixture, followed by cocktail-sized shrimp. Make sure to spread them evenly across the tortilla. You can also add some finely chopped tomatoes on top to give it an extra pop of flavor.

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Roll: Now comes the fun part! Roll the tortilla as tightly as possible, making sure it’s secure. Repeat the process with the remaining tortillas.

Chill: Once you have all the tortillas rolled up, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and place them in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours, or until ready to serve.

Cut: Once ready to serve, remove the tortilla rolls from the refrigerator, slice them into one-inch pieces, discard the ends (or eat them), and arrange them onto a platter to serve.

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Enjoy!

Seafood Pinwheels

Storage:

Cover and refrigerate any leftovers. These can get soggy, so I keep them for a max of one day.

Seafood Pinwheels Notes: 

  • It might be easier to add the crab meat right into the cream cheese spread.
  • I suggest using a serrated knife to cut the pinwheels. My bread knife is my favorite for this.

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Printable Recipe Card and Nutritional Values

Seafood Pinwheels

How to Make Seafood Pinwheels Recipe in No Time

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Seafood Pinwheels – A cream cheese mayo and cocktail sauce, loaded with crab meat and shrimp, mozzarella cheese, and finely chopped tomatoes.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup seafood cocktail sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz can crab meat, drained
  • 4 oz can of small cocktail-sized shrimp
  • 1 Roma tomato, finely diced
  • 4 large flour tortillas

Instructions

  1. Add the cream cheese, mayonnaise, and cocktail sauce to a small bowl and stir to mix well.
  2. Dice the tomato into fine pieces.
  3. Spread ¼ of the mixture over each of the tortillas.
  4. Sprinkle ¼ of the mozzarella cheese over each tortilla, then add some crab meat and shrimp, and finally the diced tomatoes.
  5. Roll the tortillas up tightly, then cover them in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1-2 hours, or until ready to serve.
  6. Once ready to serve, remove the tortilla rolls from the refrigerator, slice them into one-inch pieces, discard the ends (or eat them), and arrange them onto a platter to serve. CRAb and shrimp pinwheels

Notes

Notes: 

  • It might be easier to add the crab meat right into the cream cheese spread.
  • I suggest using a serrated knife to cut the pinwheels. My bread knife is my favorite for this.

Storage:

Cover and refrigerate any leftovers. These can get soggy, so I keep them for a max of one day.

Nutrition Information
Yield 24 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 106Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 20mgSodium 164mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 4g

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Seafood Pinwheels Final Thoughts

They are so easy to make, and you can prep them ahead of time and freeze them until you are ready to serve them.

These cream cheese pinwheels are perfect for parties, special occasions, or as an upscale appetizer.

They are cheesy, creamy, and bursting with flavors.

So, next time you are looking for a delicious and easy party snack, give these seafood pinwheels a try!

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