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Shrimp Melt with Capers and Old Bay Seasoning

Shrimp melts are everything you love about tuna melts, but better because—duh—they’re made with shrimp. And capers. And Old Bay seasoning.


  • Lunch
  • Dinner
three open faced shrimp melts topped with fresh tomato slices and fresh chives on a tray surrounded by potato chips

Shrimp and Capers and Sharp Cheddar and Good Bread. What More Do You Need?

Nothing. Clearly, these shrimp melts are the end all, be all of shrimp recipes. And we should know, we have tried a lot of shrimp recipes! In fact, this shrimp salad sandwich is easily the best shrimp sandwich we’ve ever encountered. Why? Well, a few reasons:

  • Shrimp. OK, this is a pretty obvious one, but shrimp makes everything better. Loaded with protein and—thanks, pre-cooked shrimp!—so fast, shrimp is a weekly dinnertime staple for us, and we think it should be for you, too.
  • Old Bay seasoning! It’s common knowledge that seafood and Old Bay seasoning are best friends—all we did was take Old Bay and sprinkle it generously into our shrimp salad recipe, along with...
  • Capers! These briny, pickle-y little buds (yes, they’re buds!) team up with a little squeeze of fresh lemon juice to give our mayonnaise-based shrimp salad recipe just the lift it needs. Their sharpness also plays well with the sharp cheddar that makes our shrimp melt, well—melty!
  • Tomato. What it is about fresh tomato slices that is just so good with hot melted cheese? Their sweet juices run into the shrimp salad as you bite into the shrimp melt and make for a delightfully messy, totally indulgent meal.
mayo, capers, shrimp, shallots, celery and old bay seasoning in a glass bowl for shrimp melts
ingredients for shrimp melt mixed together in a glass . bowl
thick slices of rustic bread on a baking sheet
thick slices of crusty bread topped with shrimp mixture and tomato slices on a baking sheet
shrimp melts topped with grated cheese on a baking sheet
four open faced shrimp melts on a baking sheet topped with fresh chives

Shrimp Melts for All!

Because we cook these shrimp melts on a baking sheet in the oven, it’s really easy to make a lot of them. For a casual lunch with friends or even a low-key dinner party—they go surprisingly well with a bottle of bubbly!—these hearty, toasty, melty hot sandwiches are absolute perfection. All you need is about ten minutes, and a good appetite. Here’s how to make our shrimp sandwich recipe:

  1. Whip up a batch of shrimp salad. We bet you know how to make tuna salad, and shrimp salad comes together in the same way. Along with classic tuna salad ingredients like mayo, celery and capers, this shrimp salad recipe takes on a lobster roll-vibe thanks to some Old Bay, Worcestershire sauce, and fresh lemon juice. (Tip: you can usually find already-cooked shrimp in the fresh fish case at your local grocery store.)
  2. Toast the bread! You’ll be tempted to skip this step—”the bread will toast when we put it under the broiler to melt the cheese!” you say you yourself—but don’t. We’re asking a lot of these slices of bread, and we need them to be as sturdy as possible. A good, quick toast helps them to hold up under the weight of shrimp salad and all that melty shredded cheese.
  3. Assemble! Mound the shrimp salad on top of the toasted bread slices, top with tomato slices, then crown the whole thing with mountains of shredded sharp cheddar cheese.
  4. Melt! Pop the shrimp melts under the broiler until the cheese is molten and bubbly.
  5. Devour! Dig in as soon as they’re cool enough to eat. If a hushed silence fills the room as everyone gobbles their shrimp melts, don’t be surprised—just know you’ve nailed it.
four shrimp melts on a sheet pan topped with fresh chives

Tools You’ll Need:

shrimp melts on a parchment lined tray surrounded by potato chips
side of shrimp melt showing melted yellow cheese

Shrimp Recipes for When You Max Out on Shrimp Melts

As if that would ever happen. But just in case it does, here are three of our favorite ways to serve shrimp:

Move Over, Tuna Melt.

There’s a new melt in town, and it’s made with SHRIMP. Therefore, it’s the best sandwich ever, and there’s just no going back. Let us know how you liked this shrimp salad sandwich recipe. Snap a photo of your cheesy shrimp sandwich and maybe even a video of the beautiful people you feed it to. Tag us on Instagram using @themodernproperand #themodernproper. Happy eating!

three open faced shrimp melts surrounded by potato chips
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Shrimp Melt with Capers and Old Bay Seasoning

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time:  15 min
  • Cook Time:  10 min
  • Calories: 426


  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons minced celery
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1 pound cooked shrimp, tails removed, roughly chopped
  • 4 1-inch-thick slices of artisan bread (we like sourdough)
  • 8 ¼-inch-thick slices of tomato (from 2 tomatoes)
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese


  1. Turn the oven on to broil.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, lemon juice, Worcestershire, Old Bay, celery, shallot, and capers. Fold the shrimp into the mixture until evenly distributed.

  3. Place bread on a baking sheet and broil until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Flip the bread and toast for another 2 minutes.

  4. Divide the shrimp mixture evenly between the toast. Top each with 2 slices of tomato and sprinkle with the cheddar. Return to the oven and broil until the cheese melts and begins to brown.

  5. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories426
  • Protein36 g
  • Carbohydrates24 g
  • Total Fat21 g
  • Dietary Fiber2 g
  • Cholesterol245 mg
  • sodium1006 mg
  • Total Sugars4 g

Shrimp Melt with Capers and Old Bay Seasoning

Questions & Reviews

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  • Elenita

    Best way to reheat shrimp melts

    If you've already assembled the let on the bread it probably will not reheat that well, the bread will be soggy. If you expect left overs we would suggest only assembling how many sandwiches you need. Then when you are ready for left overs gently reheat the shrimp in a medium heat fry pan with a little bit of oil and assemble the sandwich and finish under the broiler. Hope you enjoy Elena!

  • Emily

    I wanted to try something different tonight, and I’m so glad I chose this! It’s basically an adult grilled cheese but the capers give it a really unique taste.

    Since I didn’t have precooked shrimp I cooked them up in a pan with butter and lots of garlic 10/10 recommend

    Thank you Emily, we are so happy you loved it!

  • Ainslie

    I am a self proclaimed home chef and foodie. This recipe is so delicious! I had everything on hand last time I made it except the old bay seasoning which I found a recipe for online. Totally 5 stars! I wouldn't change a thing! The capers just add that over the top flavour! Whenever I make this my hubby says, "Babe, these are "bleeping" amazing!!
    Thank you so much!!!

    Thank you Ainslie! We are so happy you and your husband love them!

  • Randie

    I don’t think I’ve ever tried a recipe that had no reviews, before this one, but I thought I’d take a chance. Very flavorful, even though I doubled the shrimp but only used half the Old Bay. I didn’t change anything else, but I did substitute some lower fat options and it still turned out great. Will definitely make it again, or even alone, just as shrimp salad.

    Thank you! We're so grateful that it's got a great review like this one now!