I received a gift card to facilitate the creation of this creamy shrimp dip recipe from Cost Plus World Market®; all opinions are my own.
When you think of a shrimp dip appetizer, does a block of cream cheese with cocktail sauce and canned shrimp spooned over it come to mind? It doesn’t have to. There are other ways to enjoy shrimp and cream cheese that’s fresh and delicious![alert-announce]Summer Outdoor Party Recipes: Grilled Caprese Pesto Sliders Appetizers, Roasted Bell Pepper and Chipotle Sliders, Easy and Creamy Shrimp Dip Appetizer, Spinach Strawberry and Feta Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing, Sparkling Lemonade, barbecue chicken, grilled asparagus, and Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Grilled Pineapple and Toasted Coconut – also view our Outdoor Entertaining Ideas: Relaxing Coastal Theme party post [/alert-announce]
Shrimp Dip – Fresh and Easy
This recipe is super easy and since I buy my shrimp already deveined, it’s not difficult at all. Just remember to shell your shrimp before you cook them. I forgot to this time (I wondered why they had legs) so I did it after cooking but I placed them back in the pan and swirled them around to pick up all the yummy goodness of the oil and butter from the pan.
You can save a little money deveining your own, there are plenty of how-to devein videos online, but I’m a vegetarian who cooks meat for the hubby and one less interaction with it is worth the few pennies to have someone else take care of it. Plus, if I did it I’d likely end up cutting out good shrimp meat and that’d be a crime.
Shrimp Dip – Seasoning and Presentation Ideas
The flavor in this recipe comes from Old Bay Seasoning which is hugely popular back east but harder to find on this coast. Weird since Seattle is such a huge seafood port. I did taste this dip before the shrimp was added and it was delicious! I’m a huge fan now of this spice that evidently everyone else knew all about but was keeping a secret! It also tints the dip and gives it a pleasing pink tinge.
I placed this is a fabulous Sea Urchin bowl from World Market (part of their Sea Life Collection – they’re on sale now – $9.58 for two). It’s the PERFECT size for an appetizer shrimp dip and will be a bowl that gets a lot of use in my kitchen; however, it’s beautiful enough to sit on a desktop to collect lose pocket objects, jewelry, or hold potpourri.
I used it to serve this dip at our BBQ and it looked fabulous and fit right into the theme. I’m told it was fabulous, I can only attest that before the shrimp was added I was happily making my way to the bottom of the bowl with carrot and celery sticks.
- ½ pound deveined and peeled shrimp, cooked and chopped (about 11 large)
- 1 Tbls Olive Oil
- 1 Tbls Butter
- 2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning, divided
- 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
- ¼ c mayonnaise
- 1 tsp lemon juice, fresh
- dash salt and pepper
- 2 tsp of fresh dill weed, divided
- ¼ cup chopped green onion
- ¼ cup chopped celery
- In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil and butter until melted over medium heat. Add peeled and deveined shrimp and sprinkle with 1 tsp of Old Bay Seasoning. (Note: the pictures show that I forgot to peel the shrimp before cooking. I realized my mistake and shelled them them back in the pan for a moment to coat them with the seasoning in the pan - oops!)
- Cook until pink - about 2 minutes per side. Remove from heat an allow to cool. Once fully cooled, chop the shrimp into bit-sized pieces.
- In the bowl of food processor, add cream cheese, mayonnaise, 1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix until creamy.
- Stir in 1 tsp chopped dill weed, green onion, celery, and chopped shrimp meat.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving (can be made a day ahead).
- Remove from refrigerator and stir. Top with reserved dill weed and serve with crackers, vegetables, or place on cucumber rounds.
Do you have a favorite fresh shrimp dip recipe? It’s OK if you love the cream cheese and cocktail version – I love it too (without the shrimp) at Christmas!
I just love a great Shrimp Dip and your recipe looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
Thanks for posting this week at the #WWDParty.
Oh my goodness, Connie! Delicious! Thank you bunches for linking up and partying with us!
You’re so kind, thank you! I will admit, it’s pretty fabulous 🙂
I never heard of shrimp dip before but I know my son would love it.
Look like a great dip recipe. But I can’t east shrimp. I would have to try making with another ingredient.
This looks great and love how straight forward it is to make.
I’m all for easy recipes that taste good. This one sounds like it fits the bill and then some. 🙂
Oh this is a good dip to try! Nice presentation too with veggies and crackers for easy dipping!
You’re so sweet to add shrimp when you don’t even eat it. I’m glad you tasted it beforehand!
I cook meat for the family all the time. I’ve learn to make things I can eat by pulling out a portion before the meat is added or I’d starve 🙂
I love shrimp. This sounds really good. I will have to have a try of it. I LOVE that bowl! That is a great find and is so appropriate to present your dip in.
Isn’t the bowl amazing! I think it’s going to hold a candle or sea shells on a new bookcase I’m getting. I adore it!
J love shrimp and this looks like a delicious appetizer! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks! It was fabulous without the shrimp so I’m guessing it was amazing with it!
I love shrimp but never had shrimp dip before. I don’ t even know how to make a dip. Glad I found your easy and yummy recipe. I will have to try it.
It’s so easy! About 15 minutes and you’re done and it’s fantastic!
I am loving that bowl! I could use it for so much stuff!
Right! It’s gorgeous!
This looks delicious! My husband would love this.
Wow, I wouldn’t ever think of using shrimp as part of a dip. Very creative and yummy!
It’s pretty amazing and so easy. Everyone has requested it for our next party already.
That bowl is really classy! Makes for a great presentation piece!
I love easy apps like this for when I host parties. Thanks for the awesome recipe!
This sounds so good! I love shrimp and that bowl is too cute!
I bought the bowl and decided the dip needed to have seafood – how often does one plan the menu based on the bowl? 🙂
That sounds wonderful! I bet it is tasty on cucumber rounds. I am pinning this one!
I agree! Someone suggested cutting the rounds thicker, like and inch thick and then hollowing out the center. That sounds like way too much work for me, but interesting 🙂