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Herbed Shrimp Dip

Since this dip calls for chopped shrimp, choosing a bag of smaller-size shrimp is cost-effective.

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  • Servings: 8
Herbed Shrimp Dip

Source: Everyday Food, December 2008


  • 1/2 pound peeled and deveined frozen shrimp (any size), thawed
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2 scallions, coarsely chopped, plus more for garnish (optional)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • Crostini, crackers, or crudites, for serving


  1. Fit a large saucepan with a steamer basket, and fill with 1 inch water; cover and bring to a boil. Add shrimp; cover and cook, tossing once, until opaque throughout, 30 seconds to 4 minutes (depending on size of shrimp). Immediately transfer to a colander, and run under cold water to stop cooking. Pat shrimp dry with paper towels, then finely chop.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine shrimp, sour cream, mayonnaise, scallions, parsley, and lemon zest and juice; season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate shrimp dip until chilled, at least 30 minutes (and up to 2 days). Serve shrimp dip garnished with scallions, if desired, alongside crostini, crackers, or crudites.

Reviews (8)

  • bjl63 26 Nov, 2014

    Very tasty. I used fresh dill rather than parsley, as lemon & dill are shrimp's soulmates, and added a big pinch of Old Bay to the sour cream/mayo/lemon juice mix. When steaming, I used the dill stems and a slice of lemon peel in the water. Crostini and cucumber slices work very nicely as vessels for the dip.

  • Lucystar 29 Dec, 2012

    I love this recipe!!! its the only one I always remember. every time I've made it for a party everyone loves and I even make it for myself. I do use low fat mayo and sour cream and whole food has great crostini's already made in the bakery..... THANKS MARTHA STEWART!!!!!

  • aegreen84 3 Jul, 2012

    Amazing, super easy and super fresh.

  • emigsmom 24 Oct, 2011

    I loved this recipe and so did my family. However, I used fresh shrimp that I steamed. Didn't change anything else. I will be making this for the upcoming holidays.

  • twostickbugs 12 Jul, 2009

    I made this for the 4th, and everyone liked it. I added some shredded cheddar cheese to it. I also liked it, but felt it lacked something....would try adding some mashed roasted garlic next time. However it was very quick and easy to make....I used pre-cooked shrimp, just had to pull the shell off the tails.

  • fideas 17 Feb, 2009

    Grandiosa receta, los felicito.

  • CCiraco 27 Jan, 2009

    Sounds great but my hubby is lactose intolerant, is there any good substitution for sour cream or cream cheese in recipes?

  • BrandiTalmadge 27 Dec, 2008

    I really enjoyed this dip. It was very easy to prepare and has great flavor.

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