Hello and welcome, everyone! Today I have an appetizer dip recipe to share with you. Alex and I love dips. No party necessary. We will eat chips and dips for lunch. Or even for dinner. Seriously, you should see my fridge; half of the entire top shelf is devoted to Trader Joe’s dips. That said, homemade dips are usually so much better than store bought and totally customizable. This Old Bay Hot Shrimp Dip is so easy! I have slightly adapted this recipe from a version I saw in a recent Taste of Home magazine.
The original recipe called for Cajun seasoning, but I wanted to go with Old Bay. My other modifications were to add a dash of cayenne pepper and to use a half a leek instead of scallions.
This dip comes together super quick, so definitely have all your ingredients prepped before you start. Over medium-high heat, in a large saucepan or dutch oven, melt the 1/2 cup of butter and add the leek (or scallions, or onions) and the bell pepper. Cook and stir for about 3 minutes or until the pepper and onions have softened slightly. Then add the pimientos and garlic.
Add the shrimp and the seasoning, stir to combine and warm through.
Add the cream cheese and stir until melted and creamy. Stir in fresh chopped parsley and reserve some parsley to sprinkle on top once it’s plated.
Serve with crackers or sliced toasted baguette. Due to our dip obsession, I have tons of different crackers and I think these Red Chili crackers from Trader Joe’s go perfectly with this dip. Honestly, this Old Bay Hot Shrimp Dip would make a great sandwich too; just add a nice lettuce leaf to a hoagie roll and use a slotted spoon to mound on the shrimp. Or you can nix the gluten and go with lettuce cups.
That’s a Wrap!
Today’s recipe is so quick and easy, I do hope you give it a try for your holiday this year. If your plans only include a couple people, this recipe is easy to halve. Or if you’re like us and your bubble is a little bigger, give this a try and let me know how you like it! If you’re looking for another amazing seafood appetizer, try my Steamed Mussels and Clams. You can also follow me on Instagram, facebook and Pinterest to see more!
Old Bay Hot Shrimp Dip
Hot Shrimp Dip with Old Bay seasoning is creamy, rich and comes together super quick!
- 1/2 cup Butter, cubed
- 1/2 Leek, quartered and thinly sliced (or 8 Scallions)
- 1 small Green Pepper, diced
- 1 lb. small Cooked Shrimp, peeled, deveined
- 1 - 4 oz. jar Diced Pimientos, drained
- 3 Garlic Cloves, smashed and minced
- 2 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning
- 1/4 tsp. Cayenne (optional)
- 1 - 8 oz. block full fat Cream Cheese, cubed
- Chopped Fresh Parsley
- Crackers or Baguette Slices
In a large saucepan or dutch oven, melt butter with leek slices and bell pepper.
Cook and stir until slightly softened, about 3 minutes.
Add the pimentos and garlic, stir to combine.
Add the shrimp and Old Bay Seasoning. Cook and stir until warmed through.
Add the cream cheese cubes and stir to melt.
Stir in most of the parsley and sprinkle the rest of the parsley over the dip once it's plated.
Serve with crackers, baguette slices, or lettuce cups.