Easy Shrimp Scampi Dip is full of flavor and baked to creamy perfection. This crowd winner is simple to make with cooked shrimp in only 30 minutes.
Forget the cold chip dip and serve this warm, creamy and completely flavorful easy shrimp scampi dip instead. It’s delicious – with chunks of shrimp, lots of garlic and just the right amount of seasonings.
INGREDIENTS FOR SHRIMP SCAMPI DIP
- Cream Cheese – regular or light cream cheese are both fine for this recipe.
- Old Bay Seasoning – a must-have for any seafood dish. If you don’t have it, use table salt with a pinch of celery seed and paprika if you have it.
- Grated Parmesan Cheese
- Parsley -we used fresh parsley but one teaspoon dried parsley can be substituted in the dip.
- Cayenne – I love to add a pinch of cayenne to most dips, but bringing on the heat is totally optional. Add more or less to your tastes.
- Sour Cream – both full fat and light sour cream make incredible chip dip.
- Garlic Powder – any dried garlic spice, be it powder, flakes or dried chopped garlic, are great for chip dip.
- Cooked Shrimp – buy fresh or frozen shrimp that’s already cooked. You can also use canned shrimp.
- Onion Powder – this workhorse spice is a common seasoning made from ground, dehydrated onions.
Start by adding all the ingredients except the shrimp and half of the parmesan cheese, into a medium mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Stir in the shrimp until well distributed.
Spread the mixture into a lightly greased small baking dish, smoothing the top. Sprinkle with the remaining parmesan cheese.
Bake in 375 degree oven for 20 minutes until bubbling around the esges, then broil on High for 1 – 2 minutes until golden and brown spots begin to appear on the top.
Serve with a variety of dippers like pita chips, crackers and cucumber slices.
WHAT SHRIMP TO USE FOR EASY SHRIMP SCAMPI DIP
Keep the prep easy by using shrimp that’s already cooked and ready to go. Canned, frozen or cooked at the seafood counter, pre-cooked shrimp makes this recipe a cinch to prep. If you don’t want to go that way, by all means buy use raw shrimp and cook it yourself.
I used canned tiny shrimp, that were rinsed and drained before adding into the rest of the ingredients. We really like the chunky texture when it’s made with large cooked shrimp but our grocery’s been out of them, so we used the canned variety instead.
MORE PARTY DIP RECIPE IDEAS
- Pepperoni Pizza Dip
- Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Easy Spinach Dip
- White Cheddar Herb Dip
- Cherry Cheesecake Yogurt Dip
- Jalapeno Popper Dip
Easy Shrimp Scampi Dip
- 8 ounce cream cheese softened
- 1/2 cup sour cream or reduced fat sour cream
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese divided
- 1.5 tbsp chopped parsley divided
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp Old Bay seasoning or seasoning salt
- 1.5 cups cooked shrimp chopped
- pinch cayenne optional
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat 4- cup oven-safe dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- In medium mixing bowl, blend cream cheese, sour cream, 2 TBSP parmesan cheese, 1 TBSP parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper and Old Bay seasoning. Fold in shrimp until well combined. Spread mixture into bottom of prepared dish, smooth the top. Sprinkle remaining 2 TBSP parmesan cheese over the top.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until dip is bubbling around the edges. Turn on oven broiler and broil on High 1 to 2 minutes until parmesan cheese is golden brown. Remove from oven and garnish with remaining parsley. Serve hot with pita chips.
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