3-Ingredient Shrimp Cocktail Dip

January 10, 2016
3-Ingredient Shrimp Cocktail Dip is a simple & easy little dip loaded with shrimp in every bite!  It's a party and game day favorite, for sure.

3-Ingredient Shrimp Cocktail Dip ~ a simple & easy dip loaded with shrimp in every bite!  A party and game day favorite.   www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

Remember those little shrimp cocktails you used to be able to buy in tiny glass jars?  They were sold in the refrigerator or freezer sections, I believe, and had a mixture of cocktail sauce and teeny-tiny whole shrimp ... all ready to enjoy.  All you had to do was simply pop the top off the jar ... and dig in with a spoon.

But in our family's case, these little shrimp cocktails were all ready to be enjoyed as shrimp dip!

My Mom made the simplest-and-tastiest shrimp dip by mixing these little shrimp cocktails with cream cheese.  And I loved it.  It was just two simple ingredients, but they combined to deliver up big flavor that I adored.  Believe me, I was always excited to see Mom pick up a pack of shrimp cocktails at the grocery store, because I knew it meant a batch of shrimp dip was soon on the way.

And I remember we always kept the little jars to use as juice glasses.  They were the perfect tiny size to serve up a spot of juice.  We must have had a dozen of these tiny glasses in our drinkware cupboard.

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Sadly, these little shrimp cocktails are no longer available.

But fortunately, with just three simple ingredients it's easy to recreate the shrimp dip of my childhood memories.  Simply mix together cream cheese, prepared cocktail sauce, and extra-small shrimp ... and voila! ... a delicious bowl of 3-ingredient Shrimp Cocktail Dip is at your service.

Crackers, veggies, and pita chips are all great with this simple little dip ... but I must admit, my absolute favorite dipper with it is potato chips ... Big sturdy potato chips, able to stand up to the load of shrimp in every bite.

So while I may not be able to get the little shrimp cocktail glasses I remember so well, 3-ingredient Shrimp Cocktail Dip certainly lives up to the shrimp dip of my childhood memories.

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Yield: about 2 cups

3-Ingredient Shrimp Cocktail Dip

3-Ingredient Shrimp Cocktail Dip is a simple & easy little dip loaded with shrimp in every bite! It's a party and game day favorite, for sure.
prep time: 10 Mcook time: total time: 10 M


  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 c. bottled cocktail sauce {we like Heinz Zesty Cocktail Sauce}
  • 1 c. frozen cooked extra-small shrimp, thawed and well-drained


How to cook 3-Ingredient Shrimp Cocktail Dip

  1. Place cream cheese in a bowl and cream with a fork. Add cocktail sauce and whisk with a fork until well combined and smooth.
  2. Coarsely chop shrimp, leaving some whole if desired. Fold into cream cheese mixture.
  3. Chill at least two hours to allow flavors to meld. Serve with potato chips, crackers, or vegetables for dipping.
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  1. YES! Love this simple and lovely recipe for a special treat. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck.

  2. I pinned your awesome Shrimp Cocktail Dip to my Appetizer Board, it looks delicious. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great day and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. We made Shrimp Cocktail Dip for every party. Ours was 1 can Campbell's Cream of Shrimp soup, 1 pkg. of cream cheese, 1 pound cocktail shrimp, and curry spice to taste. Sometimes the Cream of Shrimp soup is hard to find. When it is, I will use your recipe. Thanks!


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