Surprise Shrimp Dip

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Recipe: #28705

November 13, 2017

"The copy in my recipe box is looking very faded, a good time to add this dip to my recipes seeing it at my fingertips come holidays, special occasions and gatherings. I have used thawed frozen cooked shrimp as well as canned crab with equally good results. Serve with an assortment of your favorite crackers."

Original is 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (161.9 g)
  • Calories 276.7
  • Total Fat - 18.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 10.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 71.8 mg
  • Sodium - 743.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 14.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.1 g
  • Sugars - 6 g
  • Protein - 13.1 g
  • Calcium - 325.1 mg
  • Iron - 0.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 21.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

In medium sized bowl mix cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise, spread over a 10 or 12 inch platter, I use a clear glass cake server

Step 2

Scatter shrimp over the cheese mixture, add a layer of sea food sauce then add a layer of shredded cheese, top with a scattering of green pepper, green onion and diced tomato

Step 3

Cover and chill until serving time

Step 4

Serve with assorted crackers and serving spoons for spreading


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • If using frozen cooked shrimp, thaw completely before adding to the recipe.
  • For extra flavor, try using seafood cocktail sauce with a hint of spice.

  • Substitute cream cheese with Neufchatel cheese for a lower fat option. The benefit of this substitution is that it provides a slightly lighter and healthier option for those who are watching their fat intake.
  • Substitute shrimp with canned crab for a more cost-effective option. The benefit of this substitution is that it saves on costs while still providing the same great flavor and texture.

Vegetarian Variation Replace the shrimp with a can of black beans, drained and rinsed. Add 1/4 cup of diced red onion and 1/4 cup of diced red pepper. Omit the seafood cocktail sauce and use salsa instead.

Sweet Potato Fries - Sweet potato fries are a delicious and healthy side dish that pairs perfectly with the Surprise Shrimp Dip. They are easy to make and are a great way to add a bit of sweetness to the savory dip. Plus, they are packed with vitamins and minerals, making them a great addition to any meal.

Coleslaw: Coleslaw is a classic side dish that pairs perfectly with the Surprise Shrimp Dip. It adds a crunchy texture and a cool, creamy flavor that complements the dip. Plus, it's a great way to add some veggies to the meal and it's easy to make.


Q: What type of cheese should I use?

A:I recommend using packaged shredded mozzarella cheese for the best results.

Q: What is the best way to melt cheese?

A:The best way to melt cheese is to slowly heat it on a low setting, stirring often until it is completely melted.

1 Reviews


Made for the Pick Me Tag Game & served last night as part of a starter course to dinner & games nite guests, I made 2 minor chgs. I used red bell pepper because that's what DH bought & I subbed leek & dry chives for the green onions rarely found here in Iceland. Comments were favorable - DH adored it & our 2 guests liked it a lot, but I felt the ingredient amts were a bit off target. IMO the 1 cup cocktail sauce & 2 cups cheese made those flavors dominate the shrimp flavor I wanted to be stronger. I will make this again, halve those ingredients & then adjust to taste pref by gradually adding more as I feel the need. I may even try using a bit of Old Bay Seas I favor using w/shrimp. Thx for sharing this recipe w/us. (A pic will post later today) :-)


review by:
(2 Sep 2018)

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Fun facts:

The Philadelphia cream cheese used in this recipe is a product of the Kraft Foods Company, which was founded by celebrity entrepreneur and philanthropist, Milton S. Hershey.

The Hellmann's mayonnaise used in this recipe was created by Richard Hellmann, a German-Jewish immigrant who opened a delicatessen in New York City in 1905.