Easy Shrimp and Crab Dip Recipe for a Crowd

Learn how to make an easy shrimp and crab dip recipe that comes together quickly, makes a large quantity to feed a crowd, and won’t drain your budget. What are the special ingredients that make this recipe so delicious? Read on to get this fabulous family recipe.

My Shrimp and Crab Dip Backstory

I appreciate and enjoy family gatherings for many reasons. A lot of sharing happens at family gatherings. People share hugs, stories, laughter, tears, meals, and sometimes…recipes. I get the most awesome recipes from family gatherings because people often bring their favorite dishes to share. The amazing recipe I’m going to share with you today (with her kind permission) is Cousin Sherri’s Easy Shimp and Crab Dip Supreme. Cousin Sherri (actually my husband’s cousin) just calls it Seafood Dip. I wanted to let people know it has both shrimp and crab in it, plus it’s amazing. I inserted the words “Shrimp and Crab” into the title, but you could also call it crab shrimp dip. Check it out and see what you think.

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Why Shrimp and Crab Dip is Great for Gatherings

Basically, Shrimp and Crab Dip Supreme is terrific for a large family gathering because the recipe makes a generous amount of dip. You don’t have to worry about doubling or tripling the recipe just to feed a crowd. After adding in all of the ingredients, the dip makes about 20 servings. Of course, it’s tough to tell just how much of this delicious dip one person will take. I gave you my best estimate.

Ingredients for Shrimp and Crab Dip

1 10.75 ounce can cream of mushroom soup

1 envelope unflavored gelatin (I bought mine in a multipack at Winco.)

1 cup water (optional)

1 8-ounce package of cream cheese (or Neufchatel), softened to room temperature

1 cup mayonnaise

1 6-ounce can of crab meat, drained

1 6-ounce can of shrimp, drained (or 1 cup frozen salad shrimp, thawed)

1 cup celery, chopped (optional)

2 or 3 green onions, chopped (reserve a few for sprinkling on top of the dip after it is finished)

1 or 2 tablespoons chopped preserved lemons (optional)

Directions

In a 2-quart saucepan, combine cream of mushroom soup, gelatin, and water, if using. Stir to dissolve the gelatin.

easy seafood dip stovetop

Heat on medium heat on the stovetop just until gelatin is dissolved completely and the mixture starts to bubble slightly.Turn the stove off. Keep the saucepan on the stove, and stir in the cream cheese. The remaining heat from the stove will help the cream cheese to melt. Stir in the rest of the ingredients.

easy seafood dip mixture

Remove the mixture from the stovetop. I like to reserve a few of the green onions for sprinkling on top of the dip to add color. Transfer the dip to a serving bowl and chill in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. You will need a bowl large enough to hold about 5 cups of dip, if you include the optional ingredients. The dip will thicken after chilling. Garnish with chopped green onions and a sprinkle of chopped, preserved lemons, if desired.

Serving Shrimp and Crab Dip at a Party

What does shrimp and crab dip go with? Serve the crab and shrimp dip with your favorite sturdy crackers. The dip is rather thick, so crackers are better than potato chips. What kind of crackers go with shrimp and crab dip? I personally enjoy the Simply Salt variety of Good Thins rice crackers. Pita chips are also ideal. Chunks of bread would be delicious served alongside this dish. Going gluten-free? Rice crackers, carrot sticks, and other vegetables would make excellent companions to this dip as well. I’ve also used this dip as a delicious topping for a baked potato. There are many possible ways to enjoy this easy seafood dip.

Storing Shrimp and Crab Dip

How long can you keep shrimp dip in the fridge? How long can you keep crab dip in the refrigerator? You can store this shrimp and crab dip in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Good luck getting it to last that long, though! Can shrimp and crab dip be frozen? Some of the ingredients in this easy shrimp and crab dip, such as cream cheese and mayonnaise, do not freeze well.

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Easy Shrimp and Crab Dip

Learn how to make an easy shrimp and crab dip recipe that comes together quickly, makes a large quantity to feed a crowd, and won’t drain your budget.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 20 people
Calories 98 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 medium saucepan
  • 1 Wooden spoon
  • 1 medium bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 1 10.75- ounce can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup water optional
  • 1 8-ounce package of cream cheese (or Neufchatel) softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 6-ounce can of crab meat drained
  • 1 6-ounce can of shrimp drained (or 1 cup frozen salad shrimp, thawed)
  • 1 cup celery chopped (optional)
  • 2-3 green onions chopped (reserve a few for sprinkling on top of the dip after it is finished)

Instructions
 

  • In a 2-quart saucepan, combine cream of mushroom soup, gelatin, and water, if using. Stir to dissolve the gelatin.
  • Heat on medium heat on the stovetop just until gelatin is dissolved completely and the mixture starts to bubble slightly. Turn the stove off.
  • Keep the saucepan on the stove, and stir in the cream cheese. The remaining heat from the stove will help the cream cheese to melt. Stir in the rest of the ingredients.
  • Remove the mixture from the stovetop. I like to reserve a few of the green onions for sprinkling on top of the dip to add color.
  • Transfer the dip to a serving bowl and chill in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. You will need a bowl large enough to hold about 5 cups of dip, if you include the optional ingredients. The dip will thicken after chilling.

Notes

The calories given are for 1 serving of dip, which is about 2 tablespoons.
Keyword appetizers, crab, dip, seafood, shrimp

Thank you, Cousin Sherri!

Easy shrimp crab dip would be a stunning addition to your next gathering. People may clamor for the seafood dip recipe. Thank you, Cousin Sherri, for allowing me to write about it on the Fluxing Well site. I appreciate your willingness to share.

What Are Your Favorite Things to Serve With Dip?

As I was writing this post, I was thinking about all of the different items people serve with dip. What are some of your favorite dippers? I think my favorite dippers are Wheat Thins crackers, because they are satisfyingly crunchy, yet sturdy enough for stiff dips. I’d enjoy learning about your favorite dippers as well.

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20 thoughts on “Easy Shrimp and Crab Dip Recipe for a Crowd”

  1. 5 stars
    I’m a sucker for any kind of dip but this shrimp and crab dip supreme sounds AMAZING!! I can’t wait to try it out for the next party or family gathering. Thanks for sharing!

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    • You are most welcome! I hope the shrimp and crab dip is a big hit.

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  2. 5 stars
    Oh, I LOVE all seafood! Thanks for the great and easy-to-follow instructions on how to make easy seafood dip supreme. This sounds perfect for my upcoming party.

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    • Oh, fabulous. I hope you enjoy eating this shrimp and crab dip as much as I do.

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  3. 5 stars
    This easy shrimp and crab dip is amazing. I love that it makes such a generous quantity. Thank you for sharing!

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    • I’m so glad you like the easy shrimp and crab dip. It’s definitely a favorite recipe and always gets rave reviews.

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    • Oh, I’m so glad you like it. Yes, this shrimp and crab dip recipe could easily be adapted to keto. Please let me know how it goes!

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  4. This looks like my kind of dip. I will have to get the ingredients and give this a try. I bet it would perfect for adding to a holiday meal.

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    • Yes it would! Any reason you can think of is a good reason to make this.=)

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    • Miriam,

      I hope you get to try it! It is really delicious. Thanks for commenting!

      Lisa

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  5. I couldn’t have this myself but I’m definitely going to share it with my fish-loving family members!

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    • Molly,

      I’m sorry this recipe isn’t for you, but if you try it with your family, I’d love to know how it goes. It’s kind of you to make things for them tha you can’t eat. Thanks for your comment!

      Lisa

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  6. OMG this looks absolutely delish!! I can’t wait to try it!

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    • Jessie,

      I hope you get the chance to try it. If yo do, I’d love to know what you think. Thanks for commenting, and have a great week!

      Lisa

      Reply
  7. I’m not a seafood fan, but my husband sure is! This looks awesome! Definitely something I need to try for him.

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    • Kalia,

      How kind of you to want to try something for your husband. He’s a lucky guy! Thanks for your comment, and if you try this recipe on your hubbie, I’d like to know what he thinks of it.

      Lisa

      Reply

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