This Shrimp Christmas Tree will be the star of the show on your Holiday table! Impress your friends and relatives with your cool creation!


Christmas Shrimp Tree with breaded shrimp, cheddar cubes, and tomatoes

I had no idea that my Shrimp Christmas Tree would be such a success after I have posted our Christmas Dinner pictures in many groups.

Xmas Shrimp Tree

It is a stunner in real life, I must admit it and you would want to make this tree after I share these detailed instructions and what I have learned from making a few of these.

The idea came to me after I was thinking about what to make this year and remembered my  Chicken Salad Christmas tree and how successful that recipe has been and how many variations you can make.

Imagination has no limit! 

Christmas Shrimp and Scallop tree

I’m sure you can find many Shrimp Trees when you try Googling, BUT most of them use STYROFOAM from the Craft store as a base. I didn’t want to do this. It’s not best for food since you can pull out a bit of styrofoam when you pull out the toothpick.

I wanted an ALL-EDIBLE tree!

I needed a solid base for it. We went shopping to a grocery store and we thought that cabbage and a long cucumber will do the trick, lol

IT WORKED! It looks a bit “sexual” naked but it gets the job done, lol

So here it is underneath!

Cucumber and Cabbage base

How to make a Shrimp Christmas Tree:

These are the ingredients you will need to construct the Shrimp Christmas Tree. I took these pictures from my first tree experiment.

Ingredients for the Shrimp Christmas Tree

You will need a Long Cucumber for the project. Size does matter here, LOL, and cabbage for the base.

Slice cabbage in half and with a carving knife carve a hole so the cucumber fits securely. You may need a few adjustments.

TIP: if you mess up and make a larger hole, just insert a few small carrot sticks. Still all Edible!

With my first Shrimp tree, I’ve used a Cooked Shrimp ring from Publix and the small Scallops I had on hand.

I think Larger Shrimp and especially these Breaded Shrimp from Costco stand out more. But, it’s a matter of preference here. You decide! 

Shrimp and Scallops

Now that the ingredients are ready, let’s start assembling. 

Party sticks

You will need toothpicks or party sticks for this project.

Tip: You will need short toothpicks for the cabbage part and longer ones to reach the cucumber part.

Artisan Lettuce

You can use this type of lettuce or curly kale as the one I’ve done on Christmas.

curly kale

Start attaching the leaves.

Shrimp Tree assembly 1

Or Curly Kale.

Curly kale assembly

Your preference here. I think both look beautiful, agree?

Shrimp Tree Assembly lettuce

Now attach Shrimp, Scallops, Tomatoes, Salad Peppers…

Attach shrimp, scallops, tomatoes

It’s beginning to take shape!

Shrimp Christmas Tree ready

It looks Pretty Spectacular, don’t you think? 

Developing a recipe is not easy, it takes time to experiment and see what works. I might have an idea in my head but in reality, it doesn’t always work. This one did so well as you can see!

Use the same idea and make Deli Meats and Cheeses tree, Fruit Tree, Olives Tree… you get the idea.

Black Forest Ham and Cheddar Cheese Tree from our New Year’s Table!

Black Forest Ham and Cheddar Cheese Tree from our New Year's Table

You can make it a day before and store it in the refrigerator, lightly wrapped in plastic wrap.

So have fun creating and decorating your own Shrimp Christmas Tree

Happy Holidays!

Shrimp Christmas Tree ready

Shrimp Christmas Tree

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This Shrimp Christmas Tree will be the star of the show on your Holiday table! Impress your friends and relatives with your cool creation!

Ingredients

  • Cooked Shrimp
  • Lettuce or Curly Kale
  • Colorful tomatoes
  • Cheese cubes
  • Colorful salad peppers
  • Parsley
  • toothpicks
  • cabbage
  • cucumber

Instructions

    1. Slice cabbage in half and with a carving knife carve a hole so the cucumber fits securely. You may need a few adjustments.
    2. Attach lettuce leaves to the cabbage and cucumber with toothpicks.
    3. Attach Shrimp, Tomatoes, Salad Peppers with toothpicks.
    4. To cover the toothpicks sticking out, cover them with small tomatoes or cubed cheese.
    5. Decorate as you like.
    6. Enjoy your creation.

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog and star rating. Tag me on Instagram or Facebook @craftycookingbyanna or share in on Pinterest! Thank you for your support!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Skip to Recipe