Grandad’s Shrimp Dip

Every year, for as far back as I can remember, we’ve spent Christmas Eve at my grandparents home. While I thoroughly enjoyed stuffing myself with baby onions, mini pickles and tiny quiches, the highlight of the evening was always Grandad’s Shrimp Dip. Upon arriving at my grandparents house, I’d kick my shoes off and race – socks slipping and hair flying – into the living room, where a glass bowl heaped with dip sat on the coffee table. I would dig through the bowl for shrimp and shove salty, dip laden chips into my little mouth as fast as I could.

This year, our tiny apartment was the place of honour for the Smith family Christmas Eve gathering. Sadly, Grandad passed a couple days before Christmas, which makes me all the more thankful for holiday traditions that are passed from one generation to the next. I will proudly carry on the shrimp dip tradition and, in the process, share this delectable recipe with you.


Grandad and I

Note: For those of you who are looking for something super healthy and instagram photo worthy – this recipe is not for you. (There is no angle from which to take an appealing picture of this appetizer – believe me, I’ve tried!) But, for those shrimp lovers looking to splurge a little on a dangerously addictive dip – dig in!

My husband thinks I should make this post funny because apparently people don’t like shrimp dip. But trust me. This post doesn’t need to be funny. This shrimp dip can stand on it’s own.


– 1 Package of phil. cream cheese
– 2 tbls cream
– 2 1/2 tbls mayonnaise
– 1/3 cup ketchup
– 3 tspns lemon juice
– 3/4 tspn celery salt
– 8 dashes worchester sauce
– Pre-cooked Fresh Baby Shrimps as desired (the more the better…)

Let cream cheese soften. Mix all ingredients (except shrimp) together in a glass bowl until smooth. Add shrimp. Keep refrigerated until ready to eat.

Notes about shrimps: I prefer to purchase pre-cooked, peeled and deveined, baby shrimp to avoid having to cook and prep them. I also enjoy fresh shrimp (rather than frozen or canned). If you’re using larger sized shrimp, you may want to consider chopping them into bite sized pieces; otherwise, add the baby shrimp whole.

Serve dip with plain, salted potato chips or crackers.


  1. For ease, I bought pre-cooked baby shrimp from the fresh fish area in Safeway. I made the dip, let it chill and then added the shrimp right before serving. Since it’s a cool dip I didn’t worry about heating the shrimp up. (Unless you’re using frozen ones, then they’ll definitely need to be thawed first).


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