This cold Shrimp Dip is an easy appetizer recipe with just a few ingredients. It’s thick and creamy, and full of clean shrimp flavor!

bowl of cold shrimp dip

Mom’s Shrimp Dip is an Annual Tradition

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!

green onions, cream cheese, mayo, tiny shrimp, black pepper, and garlic salt

Shrimp Dip with Canned Shrimp

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

Besides that, the only things I need are: 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?!

A couple more of our favorite dip recipes: Baked Reuben Dip has all the flavors of the famous Reuben sandwich that we love, deconstructed into a dip. Dill Pickle Dip is super fun with cream cheese and dill pickles. And my aunt’s Layered Creamy Chili Shrimp Dip is festive and fantastically delicious!

blue pottery bowl of shrimp dip

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.

blue bowl filled with cold shrimp dip, plus baguette crackers for dipping

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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A few more dip recipes from my friends!

blue bowl of dip with shrimp

Mom’s Shrimp Dip

Yield: almost 2 cups of dip
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

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.


  • 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


  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.


from Mom's recipe box

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 130Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 184mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

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blue bowl of dip with shrimp

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