This easy Shrimp Dipping Sauce recipe is a quick, flavorful condiment for all your favorite shrimp, fish and seafood. A riff on Louisiana-style remoulade, the sauce is creamy and perfectly spiced, and features a squeeze of fresh, bright lemon juice!

A jar of shrimp dipping sauce with a spoon in it shown in front of a bowl of blackened shrimp.


 

Easy Shrimp Dipping Sauce

This Shrimp Dipping Sauce is the answer to all my shrimp dipping dreams! It’s a quick and easy recipe inspired by Louisiana-style remoulade sauce. With a creamy, tangy mayonnaise base, it’s packed with flavor from spices plus a bit of ketchup, stone ground mustard, and Louisiana-born Tabasco sauce. A squeeze of fresh lemon is the perfect bright touch that plays so well with all kinds of shrimp, fish, and seafood!

Why I Love This Dipping Sauce for Shrimp

We make a LOT of shrimp around here. So I like to keep this dipping sauce on hand at all times. Here’s why I think you’ll love it, too:

  • Creamy & flavorful. It’s hard to resist a creamy, yummy dip. And this one hits all the marks. It’s super flavorful, SO GOOD!
  • Versatile. There’s no need to think “shrimp only” with this recipe. You can use this dipping sauce with any fish or seafood, as an alternative to ketchup for French fries, or as a sandwich spread.
  • Quick & easy. This quick homemade condiment is made with easy pantry ingredients so it’s a great go-to, especially when you need a last-minute sauce/dip.
  • Adaptable. Plus, you can easily adjust the recipe to fit your own tastes!
ingredients to make shrimp dipping sauce

Recipe Ingredients

Here’s an outline of the ingredients needed to make this dipping sauce for shrimp. Check the printable recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredient amounts.

  • Mayonnaise – Mayo is the base of the remoulade. It adds richness and creaminess to the dip. Use good-quality mayo for the best flavor.
  • Ketchup – This well-loved condiment gives the sauce its classic subtle orange color and adds a bit of rich sweetness and acidity.
  • Stone ground mustard – A classic addition to remoulade. If you can find creole mustard, even better! 
  • Lemon juice – Freshly squeezed lemon juice offers bright acidity. 
  • Tabasco hot sauce – Tabasco adds a touch of spice and a deeper flavor. Feel free to add as much or as little as you like. You could substitute some cayenne pepper if you don’t care for the flavor of Tabasco. 
  • Sweet paprika – This adds an earthy, red pepper flavor to the sauce. Use smoked paprika if you prefer a smokier flavor.
  • Garlic powder – This adds more earthy flavor, plus it pairs well with lemon and paprika. 
  • Salt & pepper
A glass jar holds shrimp dipping sauce with a spoon sticking out of it.

How To Make Shrimp Dipping Sauce

This is a super easy sauce to make – all you need to do is whisk all the ingredients together! Find the detailed instructions in the recipe card lower down.

  • Combine. Add all the ingredients to a bowl, then whisk to combine. That’s it!
A jar of shrimp dipping sauce with a spoon in it shown in front of a bowl of blackened shrimp.

Tips & Variations

You can make adjustments to this recipe to change up the flavor if you wish. Here are a few ideas for you:

  • Add layers of tanginess. For another layer of creamy tanginess, swap half of the mayo for sour cream.
  • Use homemade mayonnaise. If you like to make homemade mayonnaise, by all means, use that!
  • Try vinegar. Swap the lemon juice for another acid like champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar.
  • Toss in fresh herbs. Try adding fresh minced herbs (about 1-2 tablespoons) such as parsley or tarragon. Minced Green onions would also be good.
  • Swap in seafood seasoning. To streamline this recipe even more, substitute 2 teaspoons of seafood seasoning (such as Old Bay) instead of the spices on the ingredient list.
  • Spicy or not. You can easily adjust the amount of Tabasco sauce in this shrimp dipping sauce to suit your preference. It’s fine to omit it altogether if you don’t like the heat or the flavor. Or use your own favorite hot sauce.
A hand holds a spoon to dip into a bowl of shrimp dipping sauce.
A hand dips a piece of blackened shrimp into a bowl of shrimp dipping sauce.

Serving Suggestions

Here are a few serving options, to make good use of this easy condiment.

A white bowl holds creamy shrimp dipping sauce.

Proper Storage

Enjoy this sauce as soon as you make it, or keep it to use another time. Here’s how to store shrimp dipping sauce:

  • Fridge – Place the shrimp dipping sauce in an airtight container such as a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid and store it in the fridge for up to 1 week.
  • To serve – Offer the sauce chilled from the fridge or let it come to room temperature first. If you want to loosen it up a bit, whisk in a little bit of lemon juice.

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A hand dips a piece of blackened shrimp into a bowl of shrimp dipping sauce.

Shrimp Dipping Sauce

Yield: 24 servings
prep time: 5 minutes
total time: 5 minutes
This easy Shrimp Dipping Sauce recipe is a quick, flavorful condiment for all your favorite shrimp, fish and seafood. A riff on Louisiana-style remoulade, the sauce is creamy and perfectly spiced, and features a squeeze of fresh, bright lemon juice!
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup good quality mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco hot sauce or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon sweet paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon Morton kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper

Instructions

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 33kcal Carbohydrates: 0.4g Protein: 0.1g Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0.01g Cholesterol: 2mg Sodium: 95mg Potassium: 7mg Fiber: 0.1g Sugar: 0.2g Vitamin A: 28IU Vitamin C: 0.4mg Calcium: 1mg Iron: 0.04mg
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Spoonacular. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.
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