Mardi Gras Hot Louisiana Shrimp Dip #sundaysupper

Succulent juicy shrimp, cooked with traditional creole flavours and luscious creamy cheese and cream. This hot dip is delicious and super simple to make.
Succulent juicy shrimp, cooked with traditional Creole flavours and luscious cream cheese and sour cream. This hot Louisiana Shrimp Dip is delicious and super simple to make.
Perfect for Mardi Gras! Or any gathering throughout the year!!!!

Black bowl filled with a creamy hot Louisiana shrimp dip.

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 😉

Black bowl with handles filled with a creamy Hot Louisiana shrimp dip with bread on the side.

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!

Bread being dunked into bowl of Hot Louisiana shrimp dip.

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!!!

Anyway, after that brief interlude 😉 lets get back to shrimps and butter and cheese and yumminess! Scoop this onto some bread, munch down and call it a party!!! It really is so creamy and delicious and served hot, so it feels much more substantial some how. Can’t really explain that one, but bread and dip usually feels like a snack but somehow because this is hot you feel more like you have eaten a meal. (Or maybe it is because I pretty much ate half of this bowl all to myself #notevensorry)

Close up of the Hot Louisiana shrimp dip, showing shrimp, capsicum mixed in the creamy dip.

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!!!!

Overhead shot of the black bowl of Hot Shrimp Dip. Shows the garnish of spring onions.

I make my own Creole seasoning, but you can buy some great blends in the stores. Just check the salt content and salt your dip accordingly.

If you are a shrimp lover then why not check out one of my other favourite recipes!!!! Steamed Shrimp with Old Bay cocktail sauce. So good!!

White plate with cooked shell on prawns with a bowl of Old Bay Cocktail sauce on the side.

Succulent juicy shrimp, cooked with traditional creole flavours and luscious creamy cheese and cream. This Hot Louisiana Shrimp Dip is delicious and super simple to make. Perfect for Mardi Gras. From #sundaysuppers

Succulent juicy shrimp, cooked with traditional creole flavours and luscious creamy cheese and cream. This Hot Louisiana Shrimp Dip is delicious and super simple to make. Perfect for Mardi Gras. From #sundaysuppers

Succulent juicy shrimp, cooked with traditional creole flavours and luscious creamy cheese and cream. This Hot Louisiana Shrimp Dip is delicious and super simple to make. Perfect for Mardi Gras. From #sundaysuppers

Enjoy x

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Black bowl with handles filled with a creamy Hot Louisiana shrimp dip with bread on the side.
3.75 from 184 votes

Hot Louisiana Shrimp Dip

Succulent juicy shrimp, cooked with traditional creole flavours and luscious creamy cheese and cream. This Hot Louisiana Shrimp Dip is delicious and super simple to make.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Creole
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 184 kcal


  • 3 spring onions
  • 1 red bell pepper/red capsicum
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1.1 lb raw shrimp (peeled and cleaned)
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 3 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tbsp creole seasoning (See notes)
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste


  1. Chop the spring onion and red capsicum into small dice/rings. Reserve the green part of the spring onion for later.

  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat.

  3. Add the vegetables to the butter, stir to coat and then cook over a medium heat for 4-5 minutes until softened.

  4. Chop the shrimp meat into small chunks. Either in half or thirds if your shrimp are jumbo.

  5. Add in the prawns and garlic, stir well and cook for 2 minutes until the prawns have turned pink.

  6. Stir in the cream cheese, sour cream and creole seasoning.

  7. Bring to a simmer and then cook for 2 minutes until everything is thick and creamy.

  8. Stir in the lemon juice and parsley then check the seasoning.

  9. Serve garnished with the reserved spring onion greens and a little extra parsley.

Recipe Notes

I use my own Homemade Creole Seasoning blend. You can get the recipe here.

Nutritional information excludes any bread/crackers.

Nutrition Facts
Hot Louisiana Shrimp Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 184 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 21.8%
Vitamin C 22.6%
Calcium 10.4%
Iron 7.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Reply

    This looks amazing. Perfect for any celebration or holiday.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Anne, it is a great dish to add to a buffet table 😀

  2. Reply

    I’m loving all the cheesy seafood goodness that’s in this dip. It’s on the must make list! Can’t wait to try it.

    1. Reply

      It is definitely cheesy cheesy heaven 😀

    • Jill
    • March 17, 2018

    I love the theme of this collection – so many good recipes to check out. Your dip sounds amazing too!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Jill 😀

  3. Reply

    Oh my this dip looks and sounds absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to try this at home!

    1. Reply

      It is so perfect for a party. It is always the thing that goes first.

  4. Reply

    A good hearty family dish. Loving that serving bowl.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Jacqueline, I bought it in a local kitchen shop 😀

  5. I can’t wait to try this dip and I’m thinking the NCAA tournament sounds like a great excuse!

    1. Reply

      Definitely!!!!! I will take any excuse to make good food 😀

  6. Reply

    OMG, I love creole spices! I love that you use shrimp in this dip. The gooey cheese must taste so good with a creole punch of spice!

    1. Reply

      It is just a flavor explosion and then warm cheese….oh I might need to make this again tonight. I do just love it!

  7. Reply

    This is so mouthwatering! And I agree not to be kept just for Mardi Gras.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Rebecca 😀

    • Jessica
    • March 17, 2018

    This is positively delightful! We love spice and shrimp in this house. A winner for sure.

    1. Reply

      Oh YEAH 😀
      So happy to heat that Jessica 😀

    • Lauren
    • December 12, 2017

    Hi there. I’m just a little confused. After doing a search for shrimp dips, your recipe and website displayed and showed a 5/5 stars from 54 votes. Which is why I decided to give it a look. On your site, however, it’s rated 3.68 from 89 votes. I think I’m still going to give it a try, but I’m sure you see why there’s some confusion.

    1. Reply

      Hi Lauren, I am not sure why the ratings would be different. I wonder of google takes into account pinterest ratings? Or only looks at the ratings that come with comments?

      I hope you love the recipe 😀

    • Heather
    • December 11, 2017

    Hi! I just finished making this for my mother-in-law’s birthday party later today. It was all I could do to stop myself from diving right into it. I know this will be a hit with the family. Definitely a keeper!

    1. Reply

      Oh Heather, thank you, I hope it is a hit at the party 😀

    • Julie
    • October 17, 2017

    Oh man, I almost shed a tear when I listened to Darius. I had a dear friend that told me all about him years before he broke out as a solo singer. She would go to clubs and bars that he sang in regularly. I lost her to cervical cancer 2 years ago. So seeing and listening to Darius made the tears pop up.
    Anyway, this recipe looks delish and I’m going to give it a try. If it’s as good as it looks I’ll be making it for Thanksgiving!

    1. Reply

      Firstly my sympathy on the loss of your friend. Cancer is such an awful awful disease!!! And it affects so many people’s lives. I lost my Mum to secondary breast cancer over 25 years ago. I hope one day that we find a cure!
      I am sorry to bring tears to your eyes, but happy that you have a lovely memory of your friend. Darius has such a fabulous voice, I bet she had the best time listening to him.

      I do hope you love the recipe, I think it would be perfect for any party. It is certainly a crowd pleaser whenever I serve it!


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    • Sonia
    • August 9, 2017

    This dip looks delicious, I will try it.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Sonia, I hope you love it as much as we do 😀

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    • Susan Hayes
    • April 28, 2017

    No one calls them prawns in Louisiana. They are just shrimp! Lol The dip looks and sounds delish.

    1. Reply

      Haha, I love that 😉

      Thank you 😀

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    • Caroline
    • April 8, 2017

    This looks delish and isn’t even all that bad, especially for those of us on keto diets. 417 Kcals and only 7g of carbs split 4 ways (use celery to dip it up) and if you stick wit 10 servings, it’s 167/3g. The macros aren’t right, (too much protein) but still …

    1. Reply

      So happy that it fits with your diet 😀
      Celery would be so good dipped in this. I love celery dipped in most things (even peanut butter!!!)

    • Leslie May
    • March 30, 2017

    Hi, let me know how to get the cookbook

    1. Reply

      Hi Leslie, do you mean my soup cook book?
      You can get it here
      Enjoy x

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  14. This is a perfect party appetizer but I’m not waiting for the next Mardi Gras to make it! We love cajun food and can’t wait to give this one a dip!

    1. Reply

      I agree, some foods just need to be enjoyed all year round!
      Hope you love it 😀

  15. Reply

    I think I could probably live on dips. And this one looks amazing. I can’t wait to try it.

    1. Reply

      I feel exactly the same about appetisers!!!!
      Thank you 😀

  16. Reply

    Wow….this sounds amazing……on my to try list, for after Lent, of course.

    1. Reply

      I hope you enjoy it x

  17. Reply

    So I have never been to Mardi Gras but it’s definitely on the bucket list. However, I do love me some southern comfort creole food (product of growing up in the south… haha) and this dish sounds absolutely delish! Definitely making this for our next party!

    1. Reply

      It isn’t something we had really even heard of growing up in the UK, it wasn’t until I moved to Australia and more people seemed to talk about it!
      I think it must be an amazing experience.
      Hope you love the dip 😀 x

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    • Tara
    • February 28, 2017

    Such a gorgeous dip! Those flavors sound incredible!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Tara, they work so well together 😀

  19. Reply

    Hi Claire. Just set this down in front of me with a nice glass of wine and I’d be very happy. I’ve been scoring jumbo shrimp at really good prices lately. You did not say to cut the shrimp into pieces, but I think I would at least cut mine in half.

    1. Reply

      That is a good point Dorothy, I will change the recipe. I bought what we call prawn meat, and they are usually chopped up already.

      I think a glass of wine and a basket of bread and you and I could chat the night away!!! x

    • Karly
    • February 28, 2017

    I need allll the Mardis Gras food immediately. I mean seriously, how can one resist the spice, the seafood and the sassiness!?

    1. Reply

      Hehe, I am in complete agreement!!!!!
      I can never resist food 😉

  20. Reply

    That looks so rich and creamy! Perfect for a party.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Denise 🙂

    • Tina
    • February 27, 2017

    This looks divine! I’d actually love to make this and put it on my toast in the morning for a hearty hearty brunch.

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      Ooooh now that is a great idea. But I knew it would be as you are the breakfast/brunch queen. YUM!!!!

  21. Reply

    Mmmmm! I am ready to go out with a nice helping of this! I could use a little moderation after the holidays, but I definitely need to make this first!

    1. Reply

      Enjoy x
      p.s I think moderation is over rated 😉

  22. Reply

    This looks so incredibly delicious – the only problem is I wouldn’t want to share!

    1. Reply

      Hahaha, Caroline I think we could be good friends 😉
      I’ll make us a bowl each 😉

  23. Definitely Mardi Gras worthy! Love it.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Sarah

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    • Christie
    • February 27, 2017

    This looks incredible! I’m with ya on the heating it up makes a meal. Like heating it up makes it a casserole or like a stew? I can’t explain it either. Definitely going on the to make list.

    1. Reply

      It is a hard one to explain isn’t it!!!
      I hope you love it 😀 x

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  39. Reply

    Oh my Claire, this dip sounds just amazing! Although I would have to sell a spare kidney to afford 500g of prawns here in England lol. I think I’ll just have to make a teeny tiny portion instead as a special treat for us come payday. Off to search out your creole spice mix – I love making my own too like you know but I don’t have a creole mix in my spice drawer – yet!

    1. Reply

      Hehe, yes I remember the price of seafood over there. We are quite lucky with our prawns here.
      This makes a lot of dip!!! I serve it as a party snack and think it would easily serve 10 people if you have a couple of other dips.
      I think you could happily do a quarter of it, it is very rich so you don’t need a lot 🙂

      1. Reply

        p.s My creole seasoning isn’t on the blog yet, but I took photos of it yesterday so will be getting it up tomorrow.

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