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Ramekin of Spicy Seafood Dip garnished with poached shrimp and fresh thyme and served with tortilla chips.



Spicy Seafood Dip is an elegant, spicy, appetizer that is surprisingly easy to make.  It is perfect for cocktail parties, bridal or baby showers.  It’s also hearty enough for the guys on Game Day.



½ pound fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 lemon, quartered

1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

½ cup sour cream

¼ cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning

1 teaspoon hot sauce

½ cup shredded cheese (I used fontina)

½ pound lump crabmeat


In a large saucepan over medium-high heat,  add the quartered lemon and 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning.  Fill the pan ¾ full with water.  Bring to a full rolling boil

Add the shrimp and cook just until it is opaque.  It will be fast – 1-2 minutes, depending on the size of the shrimp.

Drain the shrimp and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process.

Chop the meat and set it aside.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Lightly grease a 1-quart baking dish with butter.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, stir together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning, hot sauce, and about 2 tablespoons of the shredded cheese.

Gently fold in the chopped shrimp and crabmeat.

Spoon the mixture into the buttered dish.

Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden.

Serve warm with crudites, crackers, or tortilla chips.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Starters - Appertizers
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Southern

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