Shrimp Dip

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!

cold shrimp dip appetizer in a blue pottery bowl with crostini on the side

CLICK HERE to save recipe to Pinterest!

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!

cold shrimp dip appetizer ingredients

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!

cold shrimp dip appetizer in a blue pottery bowl with crostini on the side

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.

cold shrimp dip appetizer in a blue pottery bowl with crostini on the side

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!

Like this Shrimp Dip? Pin it!

cold shrimp dip appetizer in a blue pottery bowl with crostini on the side

A few more dip recipes from my friends!

Mom’s Shrimp Dip

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

Recommended Products

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 130 Total Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 23mg Sodium: 184mg Carbohydrates: 1g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Nutritionix. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #afarmgirlsdabbles.

cold shrimp dip appetizer in a blue pottery bowl with crostini on the side

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

We participate in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. See our disclosure policy for more info.