Shrimp Dip with Cream Cheese (Best Cheesy Recipe)

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Shrimp Dip with Cream Cheese is an irresistible combination of shrimp and cream cheese in a delectable dip! This retro recipe will surely be the best choice for a great appetizer at your next holiday party or game day get together. 

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This cream cheese shrimp dip not only has a fantastic taste but is also easy to prepare.

All it takes is a handful of simple ingredients and a few straightforward steps, and you’ll have a scrumptious shrimp dip ready to be devoured.

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Why You’ll Love Hot Shrimp Dip with Cream Cheese

There are countless reasons why you’ll absolutely love this hot shrimp dip with cream cheese!

One of the best things, it’s incredibly delicious, easy-to-make, and the perfect choice for serving at your next party.

The combination of the warm,  base mixed with deliciously tender shrimp is bound to make your taste buds sing. 

This dip pairs well with a variety of dippers, including:

  • Butter crackers
  • Baguette slices
  • Fresh vegetables – like celery sticks
  • Pita chips or potato chips

This hot shrimp dip is an easy appetizer recipe that receives rave reviews much like our buffalo chicken dip. 


Let’s dive into what you’ll need to make this recipe and how to select the best shrimp for your dip.

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Selecting the Shrimp

Whether you use canned shrimp or fresh tiny shrimp, always make sure they are peeled and deveined. If using fresh shrimp, choose a deveined option to save on prep time and make this the absolute best shrimp dip.

Now, let’s take a look at the ingredients and how they contribute to this incredible dip:

  • Cream cheese: room temperature block of cream cheese is easy to mix in, creating a creamy dip.
  • Mayonnaise: contributes to the smooth consistency and adds savory flavor
  • Sour cream: thickens the dip while adding a tangy taste
  • Parmesan cheese: brings a salty, nutty flavor
  • Mozzarella cheese, divided: provides a perfect melt and creaminess
  • Dried dill and chives: adds a lovely aromatic and fresh flavor
  • Garlic powder and onion powder: elevates flavors, adds depth to the dip and a nice garlicky taste.
  • Hot sauce: adds heat and depth to your dip
  • Shrimp: lends a delicious seafood flavor. Pat them  dry with a paper towel before adding to the mixture.
  • Green onion and fresh parsley: contributes freshness and color

Now, you have all the necessary ingredients to create a truly scrumptious easy shrimp dip recipe!

shrimp dip mixture in a bowl

Equipment Needed

Are you excited to make a delicious shrimp dip with cream cheese? Great! Before diving in, make sure you have the right equipment on hand.

Don’t worry, the list is short and sweet, and you likely already have everything you need in your kitchen.

  • Mixing Bowls: Grab a couple of mixing bowls in various sizes.

    You’ll need them to combine the cream cheese with other ingredients and also to mix the shrimp into the dip.
  • Electric Hand Mixer or Whisk: To attain that smooth, creamy texture that everyone loves, either an electric mixer or a good old-fashioned whisk will do the trick.
  • Spatula: A rubber spatula is perfect for folding the shrimp into the cream cheese mixture and scraping the sides of the bowl to make sure every bit of deliciousness makes it into your dip.
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Steps to Create the Perfect Dip

Preparation Steps

You’ll love making this scrumptious shrimp dip with cream cheese! To get started, gather all your ingredients and pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine everything except 1/2 cup mozzarella and the shrimp. Give everything a good mix until it’s well combined.

Be sure the shrimp is dry by patting it off on paper towels. Stir the shrimp into your creamy mixture until it’s evenly distributed. 

Then, transfer this delicious concoction to a 3-cup baking dish.

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Cooking Steps

Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese over the top of the dip. This will create a perfectly gooey, cheesy topping. 

Place the baking dish in your preheated oven and bake it for 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the dip is slightly bubbling.

To achieve a bubbly and lightly browned top, switch your oven to the broil setting and broil for an additional 2-3 minutes.

Garnish with sliced green onions and chopped parsley.


One of the great things about this shrimp dip with cream cheese is that it’s very versatile.

You can customize the original recipe by adding your favorite seasonings, such as garlic, lemon juice, cocktail sauce, or even some spicy chili sauce for an extra kick. 

How about adding some spiciness to your dip?

Swap the regular shrimp with spicy cooked shrimp or consider adding a dash of hot sauce or a pinch of cayenne pepper to the mixture.

In case you’re looking for a completely different taste profile, turn your shrimp dip into a Mexican fiesta!

Swap the lemon juice for lime juice, add a teaspoon of ground cumin, and throw in some diced jalapeños or green chilies.

To elevate the dish even further, garnish your dip with chopped cilantro, and serve it alongside tortilla chips.

baked shrimp dip

Storing Your Shrimp Dip

Are you excited about making that delicious shrimp dip with cream cheese? Well then, let’s make sure it stays fresh and tasty for as long as possible!

Follow these simple storage tips to ensure that you get the most out of your shrimp dip.

 If you want to prepare the dip ahead of time, shrimp dip can be refrigerated until you’re ready to serve it.

Remember to place it in the fridge while it’s still relatively fresh to help preserve its quality.

Store your shrimp dip in an air tight container for the next two to three days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I prepare the dip in advance for a party?

Absolutely! Preparing your shrimp dip with cream cheese ahead of time is a great way to save yourself some stress on the day of your party. In fact, chilling the dip in your refrigerator for a few hours or even overnight helps the flavors to meld together, making it even more delicious when it’s time to serve

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Hot Shrimp Dip

Donna Elick
Hot shrimp dip is an incredibly tasty appetizer that will leave your guests wanting more. Serve it for game day or holiday celebrations!
5 stars from 1 review
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 5 2 1/2 cups


  • 1 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried chives, or 2 Tbsp fresh
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce, adjust based on spice preference
  • 4 ounce canned cocktail shrimp, (or fresh)
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Place cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, seasonings and hot sauce in a bowl and mix well.
  • Stir in the shrimp and then transfer to a 3-cup baking dish.
  • Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese over top of the dip.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and it is bubbling slightly, then turn the oven to the broil setting and broil for 2-3 minutes until top is bubbly and lightly browned.
  • Remove from the oven, garnish with sliced green onion and chopped parsley and serve.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 488cal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 759mg | Sugar: 3g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 324mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published October 2021, updated and republished December 2023

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