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Spicy Shrimp Dip

Spicy Shrimp Dip is so creamy and cheesy and makes a great appetizer for New Year’s or game day. It’s full of diced shrimp and flavored with both cajun seasoning plus red pepper flakes for plenty of spice.

Spicy Shrimp Dip


I am a huge lover of shrimp and I recently made the move to Charleston, SC and live just a few miles from the coast and a fabulous fresh seafood store. So be preapred for lots and lots of shrimp recipes. The shrimp I get here are so fresh and delicious, it would be a crime to not cook them at least once a week.

Creamy and cheesy Spicy Shrimp Dip

This shrimp dip is full of diced shrimp so it’s best to use very fresh shrimp if possible. If not I would buy frozen shrimp and be sure to defrost them and then blot them well with paper towels to get rid of any excess moisture.

A combination of cream cheese and mayonnaise makes this dip supremely creamy. And lots of mozzarella cheese plus some Parmesan cheese give it lots of gooey cheese flavor. I like how well mozzarella melts in a dip, but you could also use Monterey Jack cheese or a combo of Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese.

I like to serve Spicy Shrimp Dip with toasted baguette slices or tortilla chips. This dip really packs the flavor and if you are a fan of shrimp, you will have a hard time pulling yourself away from it. It will be a hit at your next party!

Baked Spicy Shrimp Dip

Watch the video below to see how to make Spicy Shrimp Dip

Spicy Shrimp Dip

Spicy Shrimp Dip

Spicy Shrimp Dip is so creamy and cheesy. It's full of diced shrimp and flavored with both cajun seasoning plus red pepper flakes for plenty of spice.
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 25 minutes
TOTAL: 40 minutes


  • 1 1/4 pounds fresh medium shrimp, peeled and deveined (If desired leave the tails on 3 shrimp to put on top of the dip)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 3 green onions, white and green parts sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Creole or cajun seasoning, divided
  • 1 (8-ounce) pacakge cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease an 8x8-inch baking dish.
  • Set the 3 shrimp with tails left on aside and cut remaining shrimp into bite-sized pieces. (I cut each shrimp in 3 to 4 pieces).
  • Add butter to a large nonstick pan and place over medium-high heat.
  • Add red bell pepper and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add green onion, shrimp (including the 3 whole shrimp) and garlic. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning. Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes. Shrimp will cook more in the oven so you want it just barely cooked through or even slightly undercooked. Transfer mixture to a bowl to cool slightly. Return the 3 whole shrimp to the pan to cook a little longer if they need it. You want them fully cooked.
  • In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Use a wooden spoon or hand-held electric mixer to mix until smooth.
  • Add remaining Creole seasoning, crushed red pepper flakes, shrimp mixture, and both cheeses and hand mix together.
  • Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Garnish with the 3 whole shrimp and serve.
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Appetizer

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52 thoughts on “Spicy Shrimp Dip”

  1. I’ve made this recipe many different times and it always turns out SO DELICIOUS. Everyone that has tried it absolutely loves it!

  2. My family can’t get enough of this dip. It is our go to for appetizers. I made it exactly as the recipe states.

  3. This is the most amazing crowd pleaser recipe. I am requested (and made to promise) to bring this appetizer to almost every event I’m invited to! Sometimes I think I get invited just because of the spicy shrimp dip! Fabulous recipe!

  4. This dip is delicious!!! We had it warm the first night and cold the next day, it was just as good cold!! I used Old Bay Seasoning since I had that on hand.

  5. This recipe is absolutely delicious. I added some jumbo lump crab meat. It is wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

  6. I’ve made this half a dozen times, everyone loves it. Going to be making it for a crockpot potluck for the first time. My thoughts are to sauté the shrimp until done and then add them in last minute. Then use the shells to make a reduced stock which can be added to the cheese mixture to make sure the shrimpy flavor is there.

  7. Every time I share prepare this dish for an event, it is an instant hit. People always ask for the recipe!

  8. T Singleton

    This was great! I made some minor modifications based on our tastes. I used 1/4 diced yellow onion in lieu of green onion, and added 4x creole seasoning, as well as added jumbo lump crab meat. It was DELICIOUS!

  9. Toby Newsom-Perkins

    Love this. I wanted to make something different on a Sunday afternoon. I tried it today and it was fantastic!

  10. I made this to serve for playoff football game. Absolutely delicious. Added a little more Cajun season to spice it up! THIS WAS A BIG HIT! Go Texans!

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