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Spicy Cajun Shrimp Dip Recipe

Cajun shrimp dip is one of those dishes that is not only great for dipping, but it also tastes good drizzled over meat or veggies. This recipe is such a crowd-pleaser, making it perfect for game day get-togethers, Super Bowl Sunday, or any other festive event such as a Mardi Gras celebration!

cracker dipped into bowl of cajun shrimp dip

In the ever-changing food world, new recipes that can delight your taste buds and make you want more gets stronger. Although the flavors might be foreign to anyone who didn’t grow up with cajun or creole foods, once you try them, there’s a good chance you’ll love them.

Easy but Delicious Cajun Shrimp Dip

This cajun recipe is always a crowd pleaser. Serve it with a variety of crackers, breads, and fresh veggies.


Here are the items you’ll need to make this yummy cajun shrimp dip:

  • 1/2 cup chopped cooked shrimp 
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup softened cream cheese (the creaminess of the cheese is key)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning (or Creole seasoning) for that authentic Louisiana shrimp dip taste
ingredients for cajun shrimp dip

You can substitute or add any of the following ingredients to make it suit your taste:

  • Half teaspoon of honey or your favorite sweetener to balance the heat
  • Finely chopped bell peppers (red or green peppers)
  • Green onions
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Pepper jack cheese
  • Minced garlic cloves
  • Sprinkle of garlic powder or onion powder
  • Splash of Worcestershire sauce
  • Shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, pepper jack, or any type of cheese you prefer)

I typically purchase frozen cooked shrimp. However, you can start with raw shrimp, but cook it first. I haven’t used canned shrimp, but if that’s all you have access to, go ahead and use it. My version with the frozen shrimp turned out absolutely delicious!

How to Make Cajun Shrimp Dip

Begin by combining the sour cream and softened cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. You want to have a very smooth cream cheese mixture. This creamy cream cheese helps set the base for our dip.

cream cheese and sour cream mixed in a bowl

Stir in the cajun seasoning (or creole seasoning for a spicy cajun or creole shrimp dip twist) and lemon juice until well combined. The lemon juice not only adds a zesty flavor but also helps in achieving the perfect balance of taste.

Gently fold in the chopped shrimp, making sure each piece is evenly coated with the spicy Cajun seasoning. For those who enjoy a bit of texture and color, adding small pieces of red bell pepper and green onions at this stage is a great idea.

chopped shrimp added to the cream cheese mixture

Cover the shrimp mixture and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. This step allows the flavors to meld together for a consistently flavorful dip.

bowls of cajun shrimp dip and crackers

Serve with a side of baguette slices, tortilla chips, pita chips, Ritz crackers, low-carb almond flour tortillas, or even this cheesy mozzarella bread for dipping. The combination of the spicy shrimp dip with these crunchy elements is irresistible.

bowl of cajun shrimp dip with a plate of crackers

Serving Suggestions and Tips

This Cajun shrimp dip recipe is versatile. For a hot Cajun shrimp dip variation, spread the mixture into a baking dish and sprinkle with extra parmesan and cheddar cheese. Bake at medium heat until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown. Serving this warm dip at your next party or family gathering is sure to get lots of compliments!

For those who enjoy a lot of heat, add small amounts of cayenne or a few dashes of hot sauce to deliver what you crave. However, always make sure people are warned about the spice level so you don’t have people coughing and grabbing their throats.

How to Store Leftover Cajun Shrimp Dip

Leftover dip can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to three days. Before serving again, let it come to room temperature to bring back the creaminess it had when you first made it.

dipping a cracker into a bowl of cajun shrimp dip

Cajun Shrimp Dip – More Than Just a Recipe

The Cajun Shrimp Dip is more than just a recipe. In fact, it’s a way to experience the heart of cajun cuisine. It delivers a little bit of Louisiana at the snack or dining table. Whether you’re hosting a Mardi Gras party, celebrating Superbowl Sunday, or just looking for a delicious addition to your lunch buffet, this dip is sure to be a family favorite.

Its easy preparation, combined with the ability to tweak the spice level and types of cheese, makes it a versatile and favorite addition to anyone’s snack table. So give this delicious dip a try for your next event!

Yield: 10 servings

Cajun Shrimp Dip

cajun shrimp dip in a bowl beside crackers

Serve this spicy cajun shrimp dip with crackers, breads, or veggies at your next party or get-together!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1/2 cup chopped cooked shrimp
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup softened cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning (or creole seasoning)


  1. Combine sour cream and softened cream cheese in a medium bowl until smooth. 
  2. Add the cajun seasoning and lemon juice. Mix well. 
  3. Fold in the chopped shrimp.
  4. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour before serving.


Balance the heat with a half teaspoon of honey or your favorite sweetener.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 83Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 37mgSodium 426mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 3g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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