Layered Shrimp Cocktail Dip is the perfect appetizer for special occasions. This New Orleans-inspired easy appetizer takes no time to prepare and tastes as good as it looks! It consists of a spicy cocktail sauce layer topped with succulent shrimp on top of a flavored cream cheese base. I like to serve it with my favorite crackers and sometimes tortilla chips.
Ingredients: Here’s What You’ll Need
This amazing appetizer uses basic ingredients and has three basic layers plus a garnish.
- Cream Cheese Layer: The cream cheese layer includes room temperature cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, onion, and one to two garlic cloves. If desired, you can also add a little bit of kosher salt and black pepper to this layer.
- The Cocktail Sauce Layer: For the cocktail sauce layer, I used my standard recipe, which included chili sauce, prepared horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice.
- The Shrimp Layer: With the word shrimp in the title, you shouldn’t be surprised that I used fresh-boiled shrimp.
- The Garnish: For the garnish, I used sliced green onion tops.
Here’s How I Made The Components of This Recipe
As I previously indicated, this delicious recipe contains three basic layers.
- First step – use your hand mixer to beat the softened cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, minced onion, and minced garlic for the cream cheese layer.
- Second step – spread the cheese in an even layer in an 8-inch springform pan. Then, cover the cream cheese layer and refrigerate it overnight to allow the flavors to blend together.
- Third step – mix chili sauce, prepared horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice together. Then, cover and refrigerate to allow the flavors to blend together.
Here’s How I Put This Appetizer Together
One of the beauties of this cream cheese shrimp dip is that the three layers can be made ahead of time and assembled right before serving.
For the assembly, I started by removing the sides of the springform pan from the cream cheese layer.
Next, I spread about half of the cocktail sauce over the cream cheese layer. I saved the rest of it for another use.
Then, I sprinkled the chopped shrimp on the top. Finally, I garnished the appetizer with chopped green onions.
I served this amazing appetizer with saltine crackers. My friend Jim was the first to dive into it!
So, if you’re looking for an amazing shrimp cocktail dip to add to your list of holiday appetizers or party dips, look no further. Yum!
Frequently Asked Questions
For this recipe, I used prepared horseradish, which is not the same as creamed horseradish,. Prepared horseradish, which is sold in the refrigerated section of a grocery store, is primarily made with the horseradish root. Often, vinegar, sugar, and salt are added. As such, it has a pungent and intense flavor. Creamed horseradish, which is sold in the condiment section of a grocery store, adds a creamy base to the prepared horseradish.
I wouldn’t recommend substituting creamed horseradish for the prepared horseradish in the cocktail sauce. The reason is that the creamed horseradish would not provide the same depth of flavor as the prepared horseradish.
You can prepare the individual layers of the shrimp cocktail spread a day or two in advance. However, you should wait until right before serving to assemble the dish.
This dish is best eaten right after assembly. While the leftovers, if any, will still be yummy, they will look somewhat of a mess as the layers start to mesh together when it’s eaten.
The cocktail sauce tends to be spicier and thicker than ketchup. If you’re in a pinch, ketchup can be substituted. However, the cocktail sauce is really better-using than chili sauce.
I’ve never used the store-bought variety, so don’t know whether it could be successfully used in this recipe.
You can count on 10-12 servings from this recipe.
Recipe Tips and Tricks
- I like to use a springform pan for this recipe. However, if you don’t have a springform pan, you can use an 8-inch quiche dish or a shallow serving dish.
- You can substitute 4 ounces of sour cream for a creamier shrimp cocktail dip for 4 ounces of cream cheese for the cream cheese layer.
- If you prefer a spicier cocktail sauce, you can add some hot sauce or cayenne pepper.
If you’d prefer a more traditional shrimp cocktail, try my amazing Classic Shrimp Cocktail.
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Layered Shrimp Cocktail Dip – Perfect Appetizer
Cream Cheese Layer
- 12 ounces cream cheese (See Tip 1) softened
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon grated onion
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 12 ounce bottle chili sauce
- 1 Tablespoon prepared horseradish (See Tip 2)
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 cups fresh boiled shrimp, chopped into ½-inch pieces
- 2 green onion tops, chopped for garnish chopped, for garnish
Cream Cheese Layer
- Blend together cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, onion and garlic. Spread mixture evenly in an 8-inch springform pan or shallow serving dish. Cover with foil and refrigerate a minimum of 12 hours.
- Combine chili sauce, prepared horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
- Remove the sides of the springform pan with the cream cheese layer. Spread half of the cocktail sauce evenly over the cream cheese layer. (See Tip 3)
- Sprinkle chopped shrimp over cocktail sauce. Garnish with chopped green onion tops.
- Serve with crackers.
- Yield: 10-12 servings.
- I used full fat cream cheese in this recipe, but you could also use reduced fat cream cheese.
- Do not substitute creamy horseradish sauce for the prepared horseradish when making the cocktail sauce.
- You will only need to use about half of the cocktail sauce. Refrigerate the rest for a later use.