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Shrimp Dip Recipe

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This Shrimp Dip Recipe will remind you of the retro shrimp dip you had as a child or is often served at parties, New Years Eve or Christmas celebrations. This dip is creamy with a hint of spice. Canned salad shrimp, cream cheese, mayo, hot sauce, spices and chives make this such a rich, delicious appetizer. 

Shrimp Dip Recipe in light blue bowl with spoon.


Have you been in one of those situations where you are so busy preparing food for a party or holiday that you don’t have much time to put together the appetizer? 

We have all been there! 

Today’s Shrimp Dip Recipe is a quick and easy dip you can make in under 10 minutes.

I serve it cold bu you could easily create a hot shrimp dip by topping it with some Parmesan cheese or sharp cheddar cheese and baking it until bubbling. 

When I think of shrimp dip I think of a retro recipe that you might have seen as a kid on the table at a Christmas Eve celebration. 

It is a great appetizer for game day, your next party or a holiday celebration! 

I love delicious dips that I can whip up easily. This recipe uses canned shrimp but you can use fresh, cooked shrimp that is chopped too.

Shrimp is something we eat often in our house whether it is this Shrimp Creole Recipe, Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp or this Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta my house is a fan!

Shrimp Dip Recipe ingredients.

  • SALAD SHRIMP: This is great with canned tiny shrimp, but you can also use small cooked shrimp and just chop them smaller. 
  • CREAM CHEESE: Regular cream cheese works great but feel free to use whatever you would like. 
  • MAYONNAISE: You can also use sour cream instead.
  • LEMON JUICE AND ZEST: You will use one fresh lemon- the juice and zest from it. 
  • CHIVES: If you don’t have chives you can use green onion. 
  • HOT SAUCE: I prefer Slap Yo Mama but any southern hot sauce in a bottle is fine.
  • GREEN AND RED PEPPER: This gives some nice crunch and texture to the dip along with color. 

Shrimp Dip Recipe with hot sauce.


If you use canned shrimp this dip is so easy and comes together in under 10 minutes.

If you choose to use fresh shrimp you will have to cook them and let them cool and then chop them up. Either way- this is an easy appetizer option! 

In a medium mixing bowl, mix the cream cheese, mayonnaise, lime juice, zest, parsley, chives, Slap Yo Mama hot sauce, and garlic powder.

Shrimp Dip Recipe with mixer.

Add the red and green pepper and the shrimp and stir.

Shrimp Dip Recipe mixed in bowl.

Sprinkle a few of the tiny shrimp on top and a dash of hot sauce.
Serve with chips or crackers.

Shrimp Dip Recipe mixing in bowl.


This dip is great either way- cold or heated up. I tend to serve this one cold but you can easily make this a hot dip.

If you want to eat a hot shrimp dip I suggest topping it with some cheese or breadcrumbs for an added layer of texture and flavor. I like Parmesan cheese or other types of cheese like mozzarella or cheddar cheese. 

Then I suggest baking it for about 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees F or until it is bubbling. 


You can store this dip in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

I do not suggest freezing this dip because of the cream cheese and mayo.

Shrimp Dip Recipe with spoon.


SPICE: If you don’t like hot sauce or don’t want the dip to be spicy you can use cocktail sauce instead. 

If you like spice try using a cajun seasoning or creole seasoning to create a cajun shrimp dip. You could also use crushed red pepper flakes or chili sauce. 

SHRIMP: I used canned shrimp but you can use fresh, cooked shrimp and just chopped it up. 

HERBS: Fresh herbs really make this dip extra tasty. You can use parsley, cilantro, parsley or chives. 

CHEESE: Cheese is another nice addition, especially if you are creating a warm shrimp dip. Try adding pepper jack, sharp cheddar, Parmesan cheese or mozzarella cheese. 

VEGETABLES: Additional vegetables are a great option in this dip. Try corn, chopped jalapeños or poblanos for spice or celery. 

Shrimp Dip Recipe with crackers.


  • Tortilla chips or potato chips

  • Pita bread or pita chips

  • Crusty bread

  • Crackers

  • Pretzels

  • Crunchy vegetables like carrots or celery

Shrimp Dip Recipe with logo.


Shrimp Dip Recipe

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 - 8 ounce cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise {or use sour cream or 1/2 sour cream and 1/2 Greek yogurt}
  • Juice and zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon minced chives {or sub in green onions}
  • 1 Tablespoon parsley, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Slap Yo Mama hot sauce or hot sauce of your choice
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup green pepper, diced
  • 1/3 cup red pepper, diced
  • 3 - 4 ounce cans salad shrimp, drained (save a few for garnish) or use fresh, cooked shrimp that are chopped


    1. In a large mixing bowl, mix the cream cheese, mayonnaise, lime juice, zest, parsley, chives, Slap Yo Mama hot sauce, and garlic powder.
    2. Add the red and green pepper and the shrimp and stir.
    3. Sprinkle a few shrimp on top and a few dashes of hot sauce.
      Serve with chips or crackers.
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