Grandma’s Shrimp Dip

Grandma’s Shrimp Dip is a huge family favorite passed down through the generations- it’s quick and easy to throw together and everyone always begs for the recipe!

shrimp dip

Grandma’s Shrimp Dip

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One area that my family is very serious about is Grandma Eve’s Shrimp Dip. We take no prisoners when it comes to this. It would always make an appearance at our Christmas Eve celebration, and every single one of us would happily dive in. If you were late? Too bad. This shrimp dip is so good that it was every man for himself, no apologies, no regrets.

This will be our first Christmas without Grandma. While the things I’ll miss most of all are her gorgeous smile, the pure joy she exuded when watching her grandkids play and her affinity for all that fantastic holiday eating, I’ll also miss her iconic shrimp dip. While it’s seriously easy to make, no one makes it quite like Grandma did!

That being said I hope you’ll make this and feel the love the Eva always put into it. It comes together super quickly and easily and is always a major hit at any occasion, regardless of the season!

shrimp dip recipe

Tips for making Grandma’s Shrimp Dip Recipe

  • Make your life easier and buy your shrimp precooked. That way you won’t have the hassle of having to cook and chill the shrimp, you can just chop them up and throw this dip together in record time!
  • Grandma often left a few pieces of shrimp whole to garnish the top of the dip and once in a while she would hide a couple pieces of whole shrimp inside the dips as well, which was always a sweet jackpot moment for whoever happened to scoop that up!
  • The key to getting the perfect dip is to taste it and adjust the seasonings to your taste. This is important with any savory recipe but especially this one.

shrimp dip with cream cheese

Frequently asked questions about making shrimp dip with cream cheese

  • Is shrimp dip gluten free? It sure is!
  • Can you make shrimp dip ahead? Yes, it needs to be refrigerated prior to serving and can absolutely be made the night before serving.
  • How long does shrimp dip last? This will last a couple days covered in your refrigerator.
  • What goes with shrimp dip? I like to serve this with potato chips, but it also goes well with tortilla chips or even sliced baguette.
  • Can shrimp dip be frozen? I wouldn’t recommend freezing it.
  • Could I substitute crab for shrimp? Yes! This would make an awesome crab dip recipe as well!

crab dip recipe

Helpful tools:

  1. Mixing bowl
  2. Stand mixer or Hand mixer
  3. Spatula
  4. Chef’s knife
  5. Cutting board
  6. Measuring cups
  7. Measuring spoons
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Grandma's Shrimp Dip is a huge family favorite passed down through the generations- it's quick and easy to throw together and everyone always begs for the recipe! Perfect for the holidays!
Grandma's Shrimp Dip

Grandma's Shrimp Dip is a huge family favorite passed down through the generations- it's quick and easy to throw together and everyone always begs for the recipe!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Shrimp Dip
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Eve Repp
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounce container sour cream
  • 1/4 cup onion, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 4 drops tabasco sauce or the hot sauce of your choice
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 pound deveined frozen shrimp, thawed and chopped (or more if you want)
  1. In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese, sour cream, onion, celery salt, tabasco sauce, garlic powder and mayonnaise until well combined. 

  2. Taste the mixture and adjust seasonings to taste.

  3. Stir in shrimp.

  4. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

  5. Serve with chips.

Cold Shrimp Dip

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  • Reply
    Jennifer Boyce
    May 18, 2020 at 3:35 pm I've made this a few times now and everyone loves the dip. Thank you for sharing your recipe!
  • Reply
    Holly P
    November 14, 2020 at 8:54 pm I want to make this recipe but I don’t eat raw onions. How much onion powder would you substitute? I can’t tell you how hard it has been growing up and living in the deep south and not eating onions!
    • Reply
      Jessy Freimann
      November 17, 2020 at 7:51 pm Hi Holly! No problem, you can totally use onion powder. Start with 1/2 teaspoon and taste it. Add more if needed. The other option would be to soak the onions in cold water for 10 minutes and dry well before adding. That will tone down the super harsh onion flavor that tends to come with raw onions. Enjoy!

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