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40 High Protein Appetizers

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Here are 40 delicious, high protein appetizer recipes – from the classics like chicken wings and deviled eggs to protein dips and meat on a stick.

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How to Add More Protein to Appetizers

If you’re heading to a party and want to up your protein intake to feel satisfied and prevent over eating, here are a few tips and tricks:

  1. Replace sour cream based dips with Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt has a very similar taste but much more protein. You could simply mix a dip mix with greek yogurt and call it a day.
  2. Use cottage cheese. Did you know that blending cottage cheese gives it a creamy texture? You could use this in place (or go half and half) with yogurt for dips. Another delicious way to use cottage cheese is to add it to recipes that call for cream cheese. I like to do half and half (half cream cheese, half cottage cheese).
  3. Adding a little extra protein at a time to your favorite appetizers. There are probably plenty of recipes you don’t want to change, and that’s fair. Why not add to it? Add some nuts as a topping, add cooked chicken if it makes sense, beans to nachos, etc. I also like to add almond flour to breading for a crunch with a little extra protein and healthy fats.
  4. Swap beef for chicken. Snacking on nachos? Swap out beef for chicken, if it makes sense in the recipe. They’re both high in protein but chicken has less fat. This will have your macros a little higher in protein.
  5. If at a party, focus on the higher protein appetizers. Yes, we all love a good dip and crackers but add some of the high-protein snacks to your plate and some veggies too. This will keep you full thanks to the protein and fiber.

High Protein Appetizers

Whether you’re looking for a crunch from veggies and dip or an easy meat on a stick option, these high protein appetizers have you covered.

I have dips, meat based appetizers and everything else in between curated for you.

Texas Caviar
Texas Caviar is a tangy and refreshing dip packed with wholesome veggies, beans, and lentils. Perfect to scoop up with your tortilla chips!
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Bacon Deviled Eggs
Bacon Deviled Eggs. Not your typical deviled eggs. Because yes, bacon makes everything special.
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Cajun Boiled Peanuts are protein-packed, spicy, flavorful snacks with a unique taste that you will fall in love with again and again. #cajunboiledpeanuts
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Baked Mussels with Cheese and Garlic
Simple and easy-to-make baked mussels with cheese recipe filled with garlic cream cheese topped with melted cheddar cheese!
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Spicy Tuna Bites
Spicy Tuna Bites make a healthy snack or lunch option and will satisfy your rushi cravings. Serve on top of cucumbers or over rice!
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Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls (Goi Cuon)
Traditional Vietnamese fresh spring rolls (goi cuon) consist of pork, shrimp, lettuce and herbs wrapped in soft chewy rice paper. Learn the authentic way to make these beautiful spring rolls. They are great as a refreshing appetizer or even a light meal. Your guests will be impressed!
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Ceviche De Camaron Sonora Style | by
Ceviche De Camaron is one of the ultimate healthy Mexican dishes. Fresh seafood + lots of “good for you” veggies, can’t get better than this!
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Spicy Honey Garlic Shrimp (Easy and Quick)- Kathryn’s Kitchen
This honey garlic shrimp recipe is the best and the perfect combination of spicy and sweet! Ready in about 30 minutes for an easy recipe!
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Air Fryer Frozen Coconut Shrimp – The Littlest Crumb
These crispy air fryer frozen coconut shrimp take only 10 minutes to make! Straight from the freezer into the air fryer. Easy & delicious.
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Air Fryer Tempeh (Sweet & Smoky)
Air Fryer Tempeh is a quick and delicious way to prepare tempeh! Marinated in a smoky maple glaze, it’s high in protein and great anytime.
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High Protein Dip Recipes

Everyone loves a good dip. Here are some high-protein dips that will satisfy your snacky side while keeping you full.

There is even a greek yogurt based dessert dip for you to serve with chocolate covered apples, berries, and other fruit.

What to serve with protein dip:

Dill Pickle Hummus
This recipe for Dill Pickle Hummus is a must for your next party or potluck. It's delicious and made with ingredients you probably already have.
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Buffalo Cauliflower Dip with Chicken
This Buffalo Cauliflower Dip with Chicken is perfect for game day with a side of tortilla chips or celery sticks!
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Balsamic Beet Hummus Recipe
This healthy balsamic beet hummus recipe is a vegan holiday appetizer perfect for party snacks or for dipping crackers while watching TV.
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Healthy Tzatziki Sauce Recipe (Cucumber Dip) | Randa Nutrition
This high protein healthy tzatziki sauce recipe is a healthy dip for vegetables, pitas, or a sauce for rice and chicken. The best part? It’s easy to make.
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Vegan Mexican Chili Cheese Dip- Veggies Don’t Bite
Forget the unhealthy fat laden dips of the past. This vegan chili cheese dip has all the flavor plus healthy benefits! Only whole foods in this vegan queso!
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Easy 10 Minute Vegan Bean Dip
This is a quick and easy bean dip you can make in 10 minutes, with no cooking involved! It’s also vegan and can be made ahead of time, perfect for easy entertaining!
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Healthy Mexican Corn Salad: Tasty Street Food At Home
This esquites-style Mexican corn salad is my healthy answer to indulgent street food. High in protein and super tasty!
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Crunchy Spicy Chicken Salad
This Crunchy Spicy Chicken Salad is the ULTIMATE chicken salad with an addicting combination of flavors in every bite. Serve in a sandwich, wrap, or with crackers for dipping!
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Healthy French Onion Dip
A Healthy French Onion Dip Recipe everyone will love! A delicious low calorie, low fat Greek Yogurt Onion Dip- perfect for snacking!
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Salmon Cream Cheese Dip – EASY Appetizer!
Super creamy dip loaded with salmon, feta, and fresh basil for a light and easy appetizer! Serve this Salmon Cream Cheese Dip with crackers or baguette for an elevated dinner party.
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Bison Cheeseburger Dip
Apart from the bun, this really is a bison cheeseburger in dip form and takes only 30 minutes from start to finish!
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Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Dip – Love from the Table
This healthy peanut butter Greek yogurt dip is a delicious dip to serve with fresh fruit, pretzels or veggies. With only four simple ingredients, this super easy recipe is a great snack that will come together in a matter of minutes. Lightly sweet and creamy, this is sure to become a family favorite…
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Gingerbread Dessert Hummus Dip | Randa Nutrition
If you’re looking for a healthier dessert dip, you’re going to love this Gingerbread Dessert Hummus Dip! Made with an extra protein and fiber boost!
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Meat Appetizer Recipes

From chicken wings to bacon-wrapped deliciousness to cream cheese pinwheels and roll ups. Here are some meat appetizers that you and your guests will love.

In addition to meat based appetizers I like to have sauces available for dipping.

  • Peanut Sauce: Mix peanut butter, soy sauce, lime juice, garlic powder, and a little toasted sesame oil.
  • Hoisin Mayo: Mix together mayo and hoisin sauce. Garnish with sesame seeds. I use this on the banh mi burgers and it’s delicious.
  • Store bought thai chili sauce.
  • Honey mustard.
  • BBQ sauce.
  • Salsa. You could try this air fryer homemade salsa.
Honey Hot Wings (Baked & Airfryer Instructions)
Honey Hot Wings are a crispy, crunchy snack for a crowd. Learn how to make them in the oven and your air fryer!
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Air Fryer Lemon Chicken Bites
Air Fryer Lemon Chicken Bites with marinated chicken thighs air fried to golden crispy! No breading and starch and totally lemony delicious!
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Cranberry Turkey Roll Ups | EASY Holiday Appetizer or Healthy Lunch Option!
Do you love turkey pinwheels? These cranberry turkey roll ups are a great option for a holiday appetizer or a healthy turkey wrap as lunch!
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Maple Bacon Wrapped Pork Bites with Dipping Sauce
These bacon wrapped pork bites are so easy to make and are packed with flavor! You get sweetness from the maple syrup and saltiness from the bacon making them such a great appetizer to serve at your next party!
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Smoked Salmon Cucumber Appetizer Bites
Smoked Salmon Cucumber Appetizer Bites are a beautiful appetizer for the holidays or a get together. Thinly sliced english cucumber is topped with goat cheese, chives and smoked salmon.
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Prosciutto Asparagus Stuffed Chicken – Oven & Air Fryer
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Stuffed Chicken is a perfect healthy appetizer or main dish made in the oven or air fryer.
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Lox Appetizer Platter Tutorial
Check out the tutorial to create a gorgeous delicious Lox Appetizer Platter in under 30 minutes! Use homemade lox (recipe inside) if you are on a budget!
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Healthy Broccoli Cheddar Turkey Meatball Poppers
Easy healthy broccoli cheddar turkey meatball poppers with caesar or ranch dressing. Made in the oven or air fryer for healthy appetizer, dinner, meal prep.
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Keto Bang Bang Shrimp
Keto bang bang shrimp is a crispy, creamy, and spicy dish inspired by Bonefish Grill. Make low carb bang bang shrimp with just 2.2g net carbs in only 15 minutes.
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Grilled Lamb Lollipops with Tzatziki Sauce
These Grilled Greek Lamb Chop Lollipops With Tzatziki Sauce are a classy appetizer perfect for entertaining! Serve them with an easy homemade tzatziki sauce and your guests will be raving for weeks!
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Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
These delicious bite-size Bacon Wrapped Shrimp are the best quick and easy appetizer, perfect for game day, holidays, and special occasions. Made with juicy shrimp wrapped in crispy bacon and brushed with a sweet and spicy honey Cajun glaze.
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Baked Chicken Wings
These baked chicken wings are coated in a homemade spice rub, then roasted to crispy perfection. A simple appetizer or meal option.
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Mexican Meatballs
Juicy baked Mexican Meatballs are made with ground turkey and Tex Mex spices. Serve albondigas as a healthy appetizer, in soup, or as a main!
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Air fryer lemon pepper chicken wings
These air fryer lemon pepper chicken wings are extra crispy, ready in 30 mins, and tossed in the best lemon pepper sauce!
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Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies with BBQ Glaze
This easy recipe for bacon wrapped little smokies sausages is oven baked until golden brown and glazed with barbecue sauce.
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Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick – The Short Order Cook
Teriyaki chicken on a stick is an easy family favorite recipe that is low-carb and gluten-free. The grilled kebabs are tasty and healthy.
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Baked Crab Cakes Recipe
These gluten free healthy oven baked crab cakes are so easy! Not only are they low carb but they're also paleo and Whole30 recipes as well. Whether you make them as appetizers or as a healthy dinner recipe, you're going to love them.
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