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This Cream Cheese Shrimp Dip recipe is a simple creamy dip that is easy to make and serve. Just chop up pre-cooked shrimp and mix the ingredients together. It’s a great appetizer for your next party!

For more easy seafood appetizers, try my Smoked Salmon Dip or Crab Dip.

Creamy shrimp dip in a small dish surrounded by baby carrots and Triscuit crackers.
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Why I Love This Recipe

  • No Cooking Needed – Buy pre-cooked shrimp and this simple seafood dip is so easy to mix up – no oven required!
  • Less than 10 Ingredients – Most of them are straight from the pantry!
  • Crowd Favorite Appetizer – This easy dip will disappear fast!
  • Easy Appetizer – Take just 10 minutes to prepare!

Ingredients

Less than 10 simple ingredients are needed for this appetizer recipe – and they’re all easy to find at any grocery store.

  • Cream Cheese – Make sure to soften to room temperature.
  • Mayonnaise – You can use whole fat or low fat mayo.
  • Cooked Shrimp – Finely chopped and then chilled.
  • Green Onion – Finely sliced.
  • Lemon Juice – Fresh is best, but the kind in a bottle is fine too.
  • Soy Sauce – I used low sodium. Feel free to use Worcestershire sauce instead for a more bold flavor.
  • Shrimp Cocktail Sauce – I love my easy cocktail sauce recipe, but you could easily use bottled instead.
  • Hot Sauce – Use your favorite, such as Tobasco or Frank’s Red Hot.
  • Finely Chopped Parsley – For garnish

How To Make a Cream Cheese Shrimp Dip

See recipe card below for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Just mix all the ingredients together and serve!

  1. Beat Cream Cheese and Mayo – In a large bowl, use an electric mixer on low speed to beat the softened cream cheese until smooth. Add the mayo to the cream cheese mixture and stir until combined.
  2. Stir in Remaining Ingredients – Stir in the remaining ingredients (minus the parsley garnish). Be sure to give it a taste and adjust any flavors.
  3. Serve – Transfer into a serving bowl and sprinkle the top with fresh parsley to garnish. Serve with your favorite crackers, crostini, bread, or veggies for dipping.
Chopped up shrimp on a cutting board.
Chopped shrimp and cream cheese in a clear glass bowl with a black mixing spoon.
Blended cream cheese dip with chopped shrimp.

Recipe FAQs

Can this shrimp dip be made in advance?

Yes this dip can be made the day before and stored in the fridge in an airtight container. It’s best to give it a good stir right before serving.

What is shrimp dip made of?

This cold shrimp dip is cream cheese-based and has fresh chopped shrimp, green onion, lemon juice, and even a little hot sauce to add a tiny amount of spice.

What shrimp should be used to make a cold shrimp dip?

You can use any cooked shrimp to make the dip. I love to use shrimp cocktail from the grocery store to save time and it even comes with the cocktail sauce that is used in the recipe.

Serving Suggestions

I love to serve this dip with various dippers, such as crackers, bread, tortilla chips, vegetable sticks (carrots, celery sticks, bell peppers), or even pita chips.

Triscuits (as show in the pictures) are my favorite cracker for this dip because it’s nice and sturdy. Wheat Thins or Ritz crackers are great too. Choose your favorite or mix and match for a variety of textures and flavors.

Hand holding a cracker with a creamy dip.

Storage

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Remember to give it a good stir before serving if the dip has separated or settled.

Creamy dips like this one tend not to freeze well due to the cream cheese content, as it can change in texture when thawed. It’s best enjoyed fresh or stored in the refrigerator for a few days.

Pro Tips

  • Room Temp Cream Cheese – Starting with room temperature cream cheese is important. If you use chilled cream cheese, the base will not be as smooth and the other ingredients will not mix in as evenly.
  • Mixing – I like to use an electric hand mixer for the cream cheese and mayo so it gets super smooth, but switch to a spoon for when you add the rest of the ingredients so you don’t overmix the shrimp.
  • Chopped Shrimp – Chop your shrimp as finely as you like, you could even give them a quick pulse in the food processor.
  • Variation – For a tangy zing add a teaspoon of lemon juice of some lemon zest.

More Cold Dip Recipes

Recipe
Cream shrimp dip and a triscuit cracker.

Cold Shrimp Dip

5 from 2 votes
Whip up a creamy Cream Cheese Shrimp Dip in minutes! It's a perfect party appetizer made with pre-cooked shrimp. Easy and delicious!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cups cooked shrimp finely chopped and chilled
  • 1/2 cup green onion finely sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon shrimp cocktail sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • Optional: finely chopped parsley for garnish
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Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, use an electric mixer on low speed to beat cream cheese until smooth.
  • Add the mayonnaise and continue mixing until fully combined.
  • Stir in the shrimp, green onion, lemon juice, soy sauce, cocktail sauce and hot sauce until well incorporated.
  • Transfer into a serving bowl and top with fresh parsley to garnish. Serve with your favorite crackers, bread or veggies for dipping.

Notes

Yield: about 2 cups; 8 1/4-cup servings.

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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