This hot Louisiana Shrimp Dip is delicious and super easy to make. Juicy shrimp are cooked with traditional Creole flavours, cream cheese, sour cream, green onions and bell peppers to make this warm dip. It is the perfect appetizer for parties and is a sure fire crowd pleaser. Serve it at your super bowl gathering or your Mardi gras party. This hot shrimp dip is perfect for any occasion when people are together and they want a delicious creamy snack.
This hot shrimp dip is great for a party as it serves a crowd, tastes delicious and because this is hot you feel more like you have eaten a meal. (I can’t really explain this one – or maybe it is because I pretty much ate half of this bowl all to myself #notevensorry)
How to make shrimp dip with cream cheese and sour cream
- Cook the bell peppers and green onion in butter until softened
- Add in the shrimps and garlic
- Season generously with creole spices
- Add cream cheese and sour cream
- Simmer until warm
- Add lemon juice
- Garnish with green onion
The recipe takes about 15 minutes.
Can I make Hot Shrimp Dip in advance?
I have had success with keeping the shrimp dip refrigerated overnight and then heating it up before a party but the shrimp weren’t quite as succulent.
To make this in advance I now cook the dip without the shrimp and keep that refrigerated. Then on the evening when I want to serve, I heat the dip up, fry off the shrimp in a little butter and stir them though the hot dip.
To keep the dish warm, I have used the candle warmers designed for keeping food warm at the table, and also suspending the bowl of dip into a slow cooker with a couple of cups of hot water in it.
Can I serve this dip cold?
You sure can! I would suggest serving it at room temperature as when it is straight from the fridge the cream cheese in it, makes it quite hard. It is more of a spread than a dip.
But 30 minutes after you remove it from the fridge it starts to soften.
It isn’t as soft and luscious as when hot, but it is as delicious 😀
What to dip into Hot Shrimp Dip
You are going to want to eat a lot of this dip as it is so delicious!!!
So the vehicle you choose for getting it into your mouth is important.
For a healthier route (and for those on Keto/ low carb diets)
- celery batons
- carrot sticks
- bell pepper strips
- chicory leaves/endive leaves
- cucumber sticks
- snow peas
Or go for more substantial vegetables. These will all need to be blanched in boiling water for 2 minutes and then shocked in ice water. This keeps them bright green (save from the cauliflower) and crisp-tender.
- broccoli florets
- asparagus spears
- green beans
- cauliflower florets
For those looking for a more carb heavy option
- toast points (get my step by step guide here.)
- ritz crackers
- french baguette
- fingerling potatoes (boiled until fork tender and sliced lengthways)
Where can I buy Creole Seasoning?
A quick search on Walmart website shows a great choice of Creole seasoning blends. Just check the salt content and salt your dip accordingly.
But if you have the time, then I make my own Creole seasoning, it is quick to make and keeps for weeks/months in the pantry. Plus you can adapt it to your own tastes.
I know I have had a few comments to say my creole seasoning is missing cumin. But for me that takes in a a cajun direction. Similar but not quite the same. All that being said, if you can’t get creole seasoning or are a big lover of cumin and cajun flavors then cajun seasoning works well here too.
If you are a shrimp lover then why not check out one of my other favourite shrimp recipes!!!! Steamed Shrimp with Old Bay cocktail sauce. So good!!
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Hot Louisiana Shrimp Dip
- 3 green onions/salad onions
- 1 red bell pepper/red capsicum
- 1/2 stick butter
- 1 lb raw shrimp (peeled and cleaned) (see note 1 for sizes)
- 2 crushed garlic cloves
- 1 cup cream cheese
- 3 tbsp sour cream
- 1 tbsp creole seasoning (See note 2)
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- salt to taste
- Chop the spring onion and red capsicum into small dice/rings. Reserve the green part of the spring onion for later.
- Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat.
- Add the vegetables to the butter, stir to coat and then cook over a medium heat for 4-5 minutes until softened.
- Chop the shrimp meat into small chunks. Either in half or thirds if your shrimp are jumbo.
- Add in the prawns and garlic, stir well and cook for 2 minutes until the prawns have turned pink.
- Stir in the cream cheese, sour cream and creole seasoning.
- Bring to a simmer and then cook for 2 minutes until everything is thick and creamy.
- Stir in the lemon juice and parsley then check the seasoning.
- Serve garnished with the reserved spring onion greens and a little extra parsley.
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Disclosure: This post was first published in April 2017. It has been updated with more relevant information
Mardi Gras is this coming Tuesday, which makes sense as it is always on a Tuesday and as such is always followed by a Wednesday….and not any old Wednesday.
We are talking Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent.
A time to give something up, so why not go out with a bang and eat plenty of butter and cream cheese and sour cream and all things good and yummy 😉
So with it being Mardi Gras tomorrow, in true New Orleans style I am sharing a hot shrimp dip. This baby is super rich and creamy and will serve a crowd, so it is perfect if you are having a Mardi Gras celebration. The perfect dish before you start lent!
This hot Louisiana Shrimp Dip is definitely my definition of all things yummy!! I mean, just look at it!!! Rich, creamy, packed with chunky pieces of shrimp and perfect for dunking your bread into. Go for some bread with a bit of crunch and your tastebuds will thank you!
Mardi Gras always reminds me of the Darius Rucker song “Craziest thing that she’s ever done”.
I know it is only mentioned once, but it is the first thing that pops into my head when someone says Mardi Gras!!!
Now I know I have mentioned Mardi Gras a lot, but really I am doing this hot Louisiana shrimp dip a disservice.
He should not be reserved for once a year!!! This is perfect for a party, as a game day snack, for dipping into whilst you enjoy a drink with the girls, for dipping into whilst you enjoy a drink to celebrate you made it through the day (wait is that just me?????)
Perfect for any time you want something, rich, cream and completely yum!!!!