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It will only take you a few minutes to stir this dip together when company drops in or you need to take an easy-to-make snack to a party.

cream cheese shrimp dip topped wit whole shrimp and onions

Our Special Treat, Cold Shrimp Dip Recipe

Being a stay-at-home mom raising 6 kids, our grocery budget was tight most of the time, and seafood was not high on the meat list when shopping. However, I did figure out that I could indulge a bit and make this creamy shrimp dip when shrimp went on sale. 

I only needed a cup of cooked shrimp to make enough of this creamy shrimp spread for the whole family to enjoy.

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Here’s Your Grocery List Ingredients

ingredients for shrimp dip
  • Shrimp: I used leftover cooked shrimp for this recipe. However, you could buy already-cooked frozen shrimp or boil fresh shrimp and peel them. You only need a cup for this recipe. 
  •  Cream cheese: This is an important step; allow the cream cheese to soften to room temperature or soften it in your microwave. 
  • Mayonnaise: Use a good-quality mayonnaise like Duke’s. Also, don’t use Miracle Whip; it’s too sweet for this shrimp spread. 
  • Green onion: For this recipe, thinly slice all of the white and green parts of each one. 
  • Seasoning: Old Bay Seasoning is the key to bringing out the shrimp’s great “I feel like I’m at the beach” flavor.

📝 Note: You can find the full recipe with ingredients and measurements in the recipe card located at the bottom of this post.

How to Make Shrimp Dip

number one
  • Prepare your shrimp by cooking and shelling them. 
  • Place the shrimp in a food processor and pulse for a few seconds until it is cut into small pieces. Set it aside for now.
shrimp in food processor
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  • Add the softened cream cheese, mayonnaise, chopped shrimp, Old Bay, green onions, and other seasonings in a bowl. Whisk or beat with a large spoon until the mixture blends into a creamy, smooth consistency.
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  • Once the ingredients are all blended into a creamy mixture, transfer the shrimp dip to a serving bowl. Top with a few whole shrimp and diced green onion.
cream cheese and sour cream whipped together

Variations

  • Meat: You could substitute the shrimp for a cup of crab meat or smoked salmon.
  • Spice: If you enjoy spicy food, stir in some cayenne pepper or a few shakes of your favorite hot sauce or tabasco.
  • Crunch: You can add diced celery or chestnuts.

Serving Suggestions

  • For a fun and unique way to serve this dip, hollow out a round loaf of Hawaiian bread to make a bowl. 
  • For an easy snack night, fill a bowl with the shrimp dip and serve it on a tray filled with crackers, cucumber slices, carrots and celery sticks, baguette slices, or thick potato chips. 
  • For a more elegant presentation, consider serving the crab dip in small phyllo cups or as a topping for crostini.

I made this shrimp dip recipe early in the morning and then shot the photos. So, the grandkids asked if they could have it for breakfast. Yes, this is what happens when your Gigi is a food blogger!

grandkids enjoying shrimp dip for breakfast

What To Do With Leftovers

According to the FDA, leftovers should be refrigerated within 2 hours of serving. If you are outside and the temperature is above 90°F, then leftovers should be refrigerated within 1 hour. When storing, place the leftovers in a shallow, airtight container to allow for quick cooling. Leftovers can be safely stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

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Cold Shrimp Dip With Cream Cheese

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 2 tablespoons each
Looking for an easy and delicious party dip? Try my family's cold shrimp dip made with cream cheese, Old Bay, a touch of mayo, and seasonings all blended together to make an easy-to-scoop cold party appetizer.

Note: Be sure to read through the recipe’s post for tips and details about this recipe.

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Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Prepare your shrimp by cooking and shelling them or use already cooked leftover shrimp.
    1 cup shrimp
  • Place the shrimp in a food processor and pulse for a few seconds until it is cut into small pieces. Set it aside for now.
  • Unwrap the cream cheese and place it in a medium bowl microwave-safe bowl. Set the microwave to soften, checking it every 30 seconds or so. If you do not have a soft setting, heat the cream cheese at 20% power for 30 seconds intervals. The goal is to have the cream cheese very soft but not melted. This will help make your dip creamy and smooth.
    8 ounces cream cheese
  • Add the mayonnaise, chopped shrimp, Old Bay, green onions, and other seasonings to the bowl of softened cream cheese. Whisk or beat with a large spoon until the mixture blends into a creamy, smooth consistency. Try to beat out any lumps of cream cheese.
    ½ cup mayonnaise, ⅓ cup green onions, 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Transfer the shrimp dip to a serving bowl. Top with a few whole shrimp and diced green onion.

Notes

Variations
  • Meat: You could substitute the shrimp for a cup of crab meat or smoked salmon.
  • Spice: If you enjoy spicy food, stir in some cayenne pepper or a few shakes of your favorite hot sauce or tabasco.
  • Cruch: You can add diced celery or chestnuts.
Serving Suggestions
  • For a fun and unique way to serve this dip, hollow out a round loaf of Hawaiian bread to make a bowl. 
  • For an easy snack night, fill a bowl with the shrimp dip and serve it on a tray filled with crackers, cucumber slices, carrots and celery sticks, baguette slices, or thick potato chips. 
  • For a more elegant presentation, consider serving the crab dip in small phyllo cups or as a topping for crostini.
Serving: 2tablespoons, Calories: 111kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 41mg, Sodium: 107mg, Potassium: 68mg, Fiber: 0.1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 219IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 27mg, Iron: 0.2mg
Course: Appetizer
Author: Gina Dickson

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