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Shrimp Dip (+Video)

This retro Shrimp Dip is always a hit at parties. Canned shrimp, cream cheese, chili sauce, mayo, seasoning and green onions. Delicious!


I mentioned in a recipe post (for Salmon Patties) a few weeks ago that I was working on sharing some of my Mom-in-law’s most popular recipes. These were the recipes everyone wanted her to bring to all their get togethers. Chris started making this shrimp dip in the 70’s and it soon became a favorite amongst friends and family. It’s so easy to make and the flavors go surprisingly well together.

Easy Shrimp Dip Appetizer recipe (served in a white bowl and topped with sliced green onions).


I think what I love most about these classic recipes is that they are super affordable. My mother-in-law only ever used the canned shrimp and salmon. The canned shrimp are tiny shrimp that require no de-veining, removing of tails or additional cooking. You just chop them up. Plus, this is way more affordable and tastes great. And if you need a last-minute dip, you can make this fast without planning ahead.

a bowl of shrimp dip with a chip dipped into it.


  • cream cheese
  • mayonnaise
  • lemon juice
  • chili sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • dried minced onion
  • canned tiny shrimp
  • sliced green onions
cream cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice, chili sauce, Worcestershire sauce, dried minced onion, can tiny shrimp, sliced green onions.


In a medium bowl beat together the cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth.

mayonnaise and softened cream cheese mixed together in a clear bowl.

Add the lemon juice, chili sauce, Worcestershire sauce and dried onion. Beat until smooth.

chili sauce, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and dried onion flakes added to mayonnaise and cream cheese mixture in a mixing bowl.

Chop up the shrimp into chunks. Stir chopped shrimp into the cream cheese mixture.

diced tiny shrimp added to cream cheese mixture in a bowl.

Garnish with sliced green onions. Keep chilled. Serve with potato chips (or your favorite cracker.)

Easy Retro Shrimp Dip recipe served with ruffles potato chips.


Shrimp Dip (+Video)

This retro Shrimp Dip is always a hit at parties. Canned shrimp, cream cheese, chili sauce, mayo, seasoning and green onions. Delicious!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10


  • 8 ounce block cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • cup mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 Tablespoons chili sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 4 ounce can tiny shrimp
  • sliced green onions, for topping (optional)


  • In a medium bowl beat together the cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth.
  • Add the lemon juice, chili sauce, Worcestershire sauce and dried onion. Beat until smooth.
  • Chop up the shrimp into smaller chunks. Stir chopped shrimp into the cream cheese mixture.
  • Garnish with sliced green onions.
  • Keep chilled. Serve with potato chips (or your favorite cracker).


YouTube video
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American


Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 355mg | Sugar: 2g

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  1. 5 stars
    This old standby always comes through! I’m thrilled to find this recipe making a comback! A little Old Bay never hurts! Frozen “salad shrimp” are great for this recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    Very tasty. I did add tsp Old Bay and 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes which added little kick only put 1 Tbsp mayonnaise along with 1/3 cup sour cream. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thank you so much!! My mom and sister and I used to make this so much in the 70’s!! I’ve Googled the ingredients from time to time, to see if it would pop up, with no luck. I think it was because we used to include a packet of French Dressing Mix. (which they sure don’t make anymore) I love the idea of Chile Sauce, or even as someone else suggested, some zesty cocktail sauce. We used to add some chopped bacon and green onion. It’s so good!! I’m going to make this ASAP!!!

    1. 5 stars
      I just made this recipe and used fresh chopped red onion instead of dehydrated onion..gives it a bit more taste.

  4. My former M-I-L made shrimp dip for every party back in the 70s and I always loved it but lost the recipe years ago. Thanks for bringing this back!!

  5. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe! The only thing I do different is I use a pound of shrimp and I use a heaping tablespoon of calabrian peppers in oil. This is a keeper. wow! wow! and wow! Thank you for sharing!

  6. 5 stars
    I have been making this since the 60’s but never used Chili sauce in it. And I always have grated a yellow onion directly into the bowl I am make this in. That way there are no big onion pieces or flakes for your teeth to trip over. Everyone really loves this stuff. Also, it you have any left over – put on English Muffins and top with a little shredded cheese. Then under the broiller for about 5 minuts. Yum!!!

  7. 5 stars
    I love shrimp dip! I’ll have to try your recipe. The recipe I have doesn’t have cream cheese but uses Knox gelatin and Campbells’ tomato soup instead of chili sauce (very 60’s as well). The good thing about my recipe (and the two look the same) is that my family enjoys it every Halloween because I put it in a skull mold and flip it out! Everyone always laughs about how “gross” it looks and then they gobble it up. There are never any leftovers. Yum! I love recipes like this. They’re fun and remind me of growing up in the 70’s.

    1. My mom made it the way you do but I can never find the recipe and she can’t remember how she made it. I loved it. I will try this one to see how it ranks against it ????

      1. We had recipe called SHRIMP MOLD. It uses 1cream cheese at room temp cut it up with 1 tomato soup heat in microwave. Blend add 1cup mayo,3/4c gr. onions or blend raw onion by taste. Add canned shrimp drain and rinsed or use salad shrimp cooked or any cooked shrimp about 1cup. Mix all together.

  8. 5 stars
    My mom made this in the 60’s and until she couldn’t anymore, every New Year’s Eve. But hers contained cottage cheese. No mayo. But I bet mayo is good too. Thanks for posting