Easy Shrimp Dip With Cream Cheese

Quick and easy shrimp dip

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Prep: 7 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 7 mins
Servings: 10 servings
Yield: 2 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
84 Calories
7g Fat
3g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10
Amount per serving
Calories 84
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 319mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 75mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This quick and easy shrimp dip takes just a few minutes to fix, and it is a delicious dip to serve with crackers, chips, or vegetables. 

The combination of cream cheese, sour cream, and Italian dressing mix are flavorful, but it doesn't take anything away from the flavor of the shrimp. Chopped fresh parsley adds color to the salad, but it's entirely optional.

You can use other seafood in this easy dip recipe or add some chopped toasted pecans, chopped roasted red peppers, or chopped chives for extra color and texture. See the variation ideas below the instructions.


  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

  • 1 (1 1/2-ounce) envelope Italian dressing

  • 1 (4-ounce) can small shrimp, drained and coarsely chopped

  • Salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • A few dashes of hot sauce, to taste, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for shrimp dip
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  2. Combine the cream cheese and sour cream in a medium bowl. Beat the mixture until smooth and creamy.

    Combine cream cheese and sour cream
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  3. Beat in the lemon juice and Italian dressing mix.

    Beat in lemon juice
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  4. Then stir in the shrimp. Taste and add salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. 

    Stir in shrimp
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  5. If desired, stir in 1 or 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped parsley.

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  6. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.

    Cover and refridgerate
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  7. Serve with chips, vegetables, or assorted crackers.


  • Serve as a filling to stuff raw celery sticks or small hollowed-out tomatoes.

Recipe Variations

  • Substitute 4 to 6 ounces of drained and flaked crabmeat for the chopped shrimp.
  • Substitute a tin of smoked oysters for the chopped shrimp. Fold them into the dip mixture along with the salt and pepper and optional parsley and hot sauce.