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Layered Shrimp Cocktail Dip - Perfect Appetizer

If you like shrimp cocktail, you'll absolutely love this New Orleans-inspired Layered Shrimp Cocktail Dip. It's quick, easy to prepare, and tastes as good as it looks! It consists of spicy cocktail sauce and succulent shrimp over a savory cream cheese base.
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 to 12 servings.
Calories: 182kcal


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

Cocktail Sauce

  • 12 ounce bottle chili sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon prepared horseradish (See Tip 2)
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Remaining Ingredients

  • 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.

Cocktail Sauce

  • 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.


  1. I used full fat cream cheese in this recipe, but you could also use reduced fat cream cheese.
  2. Do not substitute creamy horseradish sauce for the prepared horseradish when making the cocktail sauce.
  3. You will only need to use about half of the cocktail sauce. Refrigerate the rest for a later use.


Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 803mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 710IU | Vitamin C: 8.7mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 1.2mg