Easy Shrimp Dip

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Shrimp Dip will disappear off the appetizer table faster than you can say “Let’s eat!” It’s creamy and lusciously cheesy, with lots of juicy shrimp chunks and everybody’s favorite seafood seasoning, Old Bay!

It is a great appetizer to bring to holiday parties (or for game day) and much like jalapeño popper dip, nobody can get enough!

Shrimp dip in a pot with Ritz crackers on the side

What’s In Shrimp Dip?

Great ingredients yield great results every time, and this cream cheese shrimp dip has all the best things in it!

  • Shrimp: Of course this recipe starts with shrimp! You can use canned shrimp, but obviously it will taste even better if you use fresh shrimp. Cook it up however you like (butter and cajun seasoning is a great option). A shrimp ring will work as well.
  • Cheese: Cream cheese and sharp cheddar cheese are my favorite choices for this dip!
  • Flavors: Some fried onions, a dash of hot sauce and lemon juice add a flavor boost!
  • Spices: Follow the recipe below or add your favorites, cajun seasoning, old bay, garlic powder, dill weed!

Left image is ingredients for shrimp dip in a glass bowl and right image is shrimp dip with shrimp and shredded cheddar in a bowl

How To Make Shrimp Dip

Prep time for this recipe is really quick, just minutes

  1. Gently saute onion in butter to soften the flavor (or use green onions)
  2. Beat cream cheese & mayo with spices until fluffy.
  3. Fold in cooked, chopped shrimp and part of the cheddar.

Spread into a baking dish. Top with remaining cheddar and bake according to recipe below.


This recipe is so easy, so delicious, and you can modify it to suit your preferences.

  • Serve it as a cold shrimp dip
  • Add roasted garlic for a sweet garlicky shrimp dip.
  • Stir in chopped artichokes, spinach, or red bell peppers.
  • Try making a shrimp and crab dip for hot shrimp dip that has the best of both worlds

My Favorite Dippers For Shrimp Dip

  • Homemade Crostini
  • Pretzels of all shapes and sizes!
  • Triscuits, nom, nom! Or Ritz, or bagel chips.
  • Veggies to keep it low carb! You won’t believe how fast that raw broccoli vanishes!

Got Leftovers?

Leftovers will keep in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. Just place in an airtight container. I don’t recommend freezing this dish, it doesn’t defrost well.

To Reheat Spread it into a small baking dish and add a bit of extra cheese on top and bake until heated through, about 15-20 minutes.

Perfectly Cheesy Dips

Shrimp dip in a bowl with a Ritz cracker and shrimp
4.91 from 11 votes
Review Recipe

Easy Shrimp Dip

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 6
Author Holly Nilsson
It's creamy and lusciously cheesy, with the taste of dill and everybody's favorite seafood seasoning, Old Bay!


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup onion diced
  • 1 pound shrimp peeled, cooked and chopped
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 dashes hot sauce
  • ½ teaspoon dill weed
  • ½ teaspoon old bay seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook onion in 1 tablespoon butter until tender but not browned, about 5 minutes.
  • Beat onion, cream cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice, hot sauce, dill weed, old bay seasoning, and garlic powder with a mixer until fluffy.
  • Fold in shrimp meat and ¾ cup of the cheddar cheese.
  • Place in a small baking dish and top with remaining cheese. Bake 18-22 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Broil if needed.

Recipe Notes

If using raw shrimp, season with your favorite seasonings (I love cajun seasoning) and cook in butter over medium high heat until just cooked and pink, about 3-4 minutes. Remove tails if needed and chop.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 349, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 33g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Cholesterol: 130mg, Sodium: 518mg, Potassium: 97mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 813IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 204mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword shrimp dip
Course Appetizer, Dip
Cuisine American
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Ingredients for shrimp dip in a clear bowl and shrimp dip in a bowl with a title
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  1. Going to try this recipe but says2 tablespoon of butter and you use 1 tablespoon so what do you do with the other one??

    1. Sorry for the confusion Ivy. The second tablespoon is used to cook uncooked shrimp (in the notes). I’ve updated the recipe.

  2. Made it tonight!
    Used both green and white onion.
    Added cayenne and paprika to raw shrimp and a few more dashes of hot sauce to the mixture..
    Here in South Tx we like our heat 4 stars