Shrimp Dip

This Shrimp Dip is one of the easiest and best appetizers you’ll ever make. It’s thick and creamy, and full of clean shrimp flavor. My mom’s shrimp dip recipe is a Christmas Eve tradition for our family, and also makes appearances on game days and many other gatherings all year long!

 

My parents hosted Christmas Eve for my mom’s side of the family for many, many years. And my mom’s Shrimp Dip quickly became an annual tradition, right alongside the homemade oyster stew and hand-cranked vanilla ice cream.

Some of the best memories I own are Christmas Eve memories. As a kid, our house was filled with energetic cousins, all of whom could also be called friends. Along with our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, we played games for hours: Spoons, Farkle, and a variety of marbles, dominoes, and card games. We filled the house with so. much. awesome. laughter.

This recipe is one of the easiest and best appetizers you’ll ever make. And you can prepare it ahead of time, leaving it to rest its merry little self in the refrigerator until your guests arrive. It’s thick and creamy, and full of clean shrimp flavor. We enjoy this dip on Christmas Eve and all year ’round!

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Shrimp Dip with Canned Shrimp

I keep tiny canned shrimp in our pantry at all times, just for this shrimp dip recipe.

Besides that, all I need is: cream cheese, mayo (absolutely do not use Miracle Whip!), fresh green onion (I love the brightness this adds!), garlic salt, and black pepper.

You just can’t go wrong with shrimp dip with cream cheese. Right?!

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The simple list of ingredients for this cold shrimp dip lets the shrimp flavor come through beautifully.

I’ve often thought, “What can I add to this recipe to improve it?” Because it feels just “too simple”. But it really needs nothing more.

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Make this for game day.

Or girls night.

Or just because.

And if you enjoy this on Christmas Eve, it’ll be just like we’re celebrating together. You. Me. And my mom’s shrimp dip. Cheers!

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Mom’s Shrimp Dip

This dip is one of the easiest and best appetizers you'll ever make. It's thick and creamy, and full of clean shrimp flavor.
Yield: almost 2 cups of dip
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 can (4 oz.) tiny shrimp, drained and rinsed
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c. mayonnaise (do not use Miracle Whip!)
  • 1/3 c. finely chopped green onion, plus a bit more for sprinkling over the top
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Set aside a few of the nicer looking shrimp, then chop up the rest.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese and mayonnaise until well blended. A blender works best, to get the mixture nice and smooth. Then stir in the chopped shrimp, green onion, and garlic salt.
  3. Transfer dip to a small serving bowl and top with reserved whole shrimp and additional green onion. Sprinkle a bit of freshly ground black pepper over the top. Serve with crackers and/or veggies. This can be prepared several hours ahead of time and refrigerated.

Notes

from Mom's recipe box

Nutrition Information:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 70

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Shrimp Dip from afarmgirlsdabbles.com - This cold shrimp dip recipe is one of the easiest and best appetizers you'll ever make. It's thick and creamy, and full of clean shrimp flavor. Make it for the holidays, game day, or any other gatherings all year 'round! - #shrimp #dip #appetizer #creamcheese #mayonnaise #cannedshrimp #canned #gameday

 

Shrimp Dip from afarmgirlsdabbles.com - This cold shrimp dip recipe is one of the easiest and best appetizers you'll ever make. It's thick and creamy, and full of clean shrimp flavor. Make it for the holidays, game day, or any other gatherings all year 'round! - #shrimp #dip #appetizer #creamcheese #mayonnaise #cannedshrimp #canned #gameday

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(This post was previously published in 2012. Photographs and some of the text were updated in 2018.)

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