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Cheesy Shrimp Dip makes a delicious hot appetizer that your guests will literally devour in seconds! This cream cheese shrimp dip actually combines three different types of cheesecream cheese, shredded mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese—with a sautéed shrimp scampi.

Serve this deliciously creamy hot shrimp dip with pita chips, assorted crackers, or even a sliced and toasted baguette.

This easy shrimp dip recipe is made with a half pound of fresh shrimp, but you can add more if you would like your dip to be chunkier.

Looking for a little inspiration for your next holiday party menu? This is IT—this baked shrimp dip is SO easy, SO cheesy, and SO delicious!

Cheesy Shrimp Dip with two large shrimp as garnish

Cheesy Shrimp Dip

You may have read in my last newsletter that I recently had eye surgery to repair a macular hole. These last six weeks I’ve been recovering and just the last week or so have started to feel normal.

Prior to my surgery, I hadn’t really done anything to get ready for the holidays, so I’m feeling particularly behind this year!

On top of that, I’m headed to St. Louis the week after Thanksgiving to stay with my daughter and help with our new grand baby that’s due to arrive soon — you just don’t even know how excited we are to meet our grand baby!!

With all that, I love EASY and SIMPLE holiday recipes like this Cheesy Shrimp Dip. This is one of the recipes that I’ll plan to prepare while I’m in St. Louis celebrating Christmas away from home.

This year I may be a little distracted with the new baby, so easy recipes are a good choice for me!

Cheesy Shrimp Dip in white baking dish


  • Fresh shrimp— Purchase from the seafood counter already peeled and deveined to save yourself some prep time. Medium-size shrimp is fine for this recipe.
  • Garlic—for flavor
  • Fresh lemon juice—to brighten up the dish
  • Green onions—for flavor
  • Cream cheese—I use the low-fat variety. Be sure to let it soften adequately to make mixing up the dip easier.
  • Shredded Parmesan—not grated, you want some texture from this cheese
  • Shredded mozzarella—or you could use fresh mozzarella
  • Mayonnaise—give it some tang
  • Sour cream
  • Butter
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • Smoked paprika—for garnishing

How to devein shrimp

In the event you are starting with shrimp that needs to be peeled and deveined, follow these steps to remove the shells and the vein using a small paring knife.

  1. Use the tip of the paring knife to score the shrimp along the back.
  2. Look for the dark vein, which is a long black string running the length of the shrimp.
  3. Use the tip of the knife to gently lift up the vein and pull it out.

How to make shrimp dip with cream cheese

  1. Start with a half pound (or more) of fresh shrimp that has been peeled and deveined. Give it a rough chop leaving some big chunks—we want this dip to be meaty and hearty.
  2. Make the scampi. Sauté the shrimp in butter with garlic, fresh lemon juice, and green onions until the shrimp are pink. Now, you could stop right here and just soak up the scampi with a big piece of crusty bread. I mean, really, this buttery shrimp is delicious!
  3. Add the cream cheese to the pan and stir until it’s all melted. Then, add in the remaining cheeses and two tablespoons each of mayo and sour cream.
  4. Once all the cheese is melted and the mixture is creamy, pour it into a lightly greased baking dish and sprinkle with more Parmesan cheese and smoked paprika. Bake in a 350-degree oven until hot and bubbly.
  5. Before serving, garnish the hot dip with a few sliced green onions or fresh chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley, if you like. This will give the dip a touch of freshness and finesse.
  6. Serve the shrimp dip with crackers, toasted baguettes, or pita chips.
Cheesy Shrimp Dip on a cracker

More cheesy dip recipes

Cheesy Shrimp Dip with baguettes

Let’s cook!

One thing I love about this hot appetizer is that it can be mixed up ahead of time. Just do all the stove top steps in the recipe, then cover and refrigerate. 

Thirty minutes before your party guests arrive, pop the dip into a preheated oven and bake until hot and bubbly. Now, tell me, how can you go wrong with a warm cheesy dip?!

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Cheesy Shrimp Dip in white baking dish

Cheesy Shrimp Dip

Cheesy Shrimp Dip makes a delicious dinner party appetizer. Serve hot and bubbly with pita chips, a sliced and toasted baguette, or assorted crackers.
4.37 from 99 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 172 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 pound medium fresh shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2-3 green onions sliced
  • 1 (8-oz.) kg. plow-fat cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch cracked black pepper
  • Smoked paprika for garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Coarsely chop shrimp. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add shrimp, garlic, and green onions and cook just until the shrimp are pink, 2-3 minutes. Stir in lemon juice.
  • Reduce heat to low and add cream cheese, stirring until melted. Add sour cream, mayo, Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses and stir until combined.
  • Season with salt and pepper, then spoon mixture into a 1-quart baking dish and sprinkle top with paprika.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, or until lightly browned and bubbly, Serve with pita chips or crackers.


To mix this dip up ahead of time, follow all the stove top steps in the recipe, then cover and refrigerate. When ready to cook, preheat oven, remove from the refrigerator and bake uncovered as directed.


Serving: 8ServingsCalories: 172kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 12gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 276mgSugar: 2g
Keyword appetizer, cheese, dip, shrimp
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  1. What I be able to make this recipe in a crockpot just throw it all together and put it in the crockpot , I wouldn’t use raw shrimp I would just use cooked shrimp.

    1. Hi, Monica! Thanks for pointing out that I didn’t include the number of servings on the recipe card (I’ve just now updated it!). This recipe will serve 8 people 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    The is my 2nd time trying this. My neighbour and kids so loved it I had to make again. It’s so so delicious!! Thanks for your recipe and can’t wait for your new post!!

  3. 5 stars
    This is a delicious recipe!!!! I spiced it with up with some mild chopped chiles and mild chopped jalepenos.
    So Yummy ~a big Hit at our Mexican Fiesta!!
    Mary in Oregon

    1. Hi, Kellie! You can certainly make up the dip the day ahead and wait to bake it until just before you are ready to serve.

  4. I made this tonight as the main protein for my parents’ dinner. I am allergic to shrimp, so I am always concerned about the flavor when I prepare it for the ‘rents. They loved my version of your recipe. Thanks so much for sharing! I had to make substitutions using what I had on hand as follows:

    – Brie for cream cheese
    – Gouda for mozzarella
    – Red onion for green

    I was too lazy to mince the garlic so it was sliced and allowed to simmer in the butter with the red onion. (I added some olive oil to keep the butter from burning.)

    No mayonnaise, since I didn’t have any and dad doesn’t eat it anyway.

    Lastly, I put the smoked paprika on top in the final 10 minutes of cooking because I almost forgot to add it. 😉

    I was very concerned about the amount of liquid but the flavorful broth was one of my mom’s favorite parts. We have agreed to put it in the dinner rotation whenever there is shrimp in the house. 🙂

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