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.
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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.
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)
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. 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.
Easy Shrimp and Crab Dip
- 1 medium saucepan
- 1 Wooden spoon
- 1 medium bowl
- 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)
- 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.
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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If you would like even more recipe ideas, consider following my Easy Recipes board on Pinterest. Have a fabulous day, and have a good time making easy shrimp and crab dip recipe for a crowd.
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Lisa Mitchell is a wife, mom, and school librarian who likes to create and share recipes, often using fresh ingredients from her family’s small Pacific Northwest farm. To get more easy recipes, click on over to the Food page.