Shrimp Spread Recipe
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Shrimp Spread Recipe

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This colorful and tasty appetizer is always a crowd-pleaser. People will never know you've used lighter ingredients. —Norene Wright, Manilla, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:20 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 cup seafood cocktail sauce
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 can (6 ounces) small shrimp, rinsed and drained
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1 medium tomato, finely chopped
  • Sliced Italian bread or assorted crackers

Nutritional Facts

3 tablespoons (calculated without bread or crackers) equals 93 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 312 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 6 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise until smooth. Spread onto a 12-in. round serving plate; top with cocktail sauce. Sprinkle with cheese, shrimp, onions and tomato.
  2. Chill until serving. Serve with bread or crackers. Yield: 20 servings (3-3/4 cups).
Originally published as Shrimp Spread in Taste of Home December/January 1994, p18

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer

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Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

"I've been making this for several years, and it always goes fast. I also add some minced colored peppers for a bit of color and crunch."

Reviewed Apr. 17, 2012

"This is both very tasty & easy to put together! I followed WJSymons comment and added a couple of glugs of Worcestershire and used a 6-oz. can of crab meat because I had it. I served it with Wheat Thins Great Plains Multigrain chips with great success. Can't wait to try it with shrimp. Hint: If you're covering with foil or plastic wrap to transport, cut coffee stir straws to toothpick length and insert in the dip to hold the covering off of the spread. The straws don't punch holes through the wrap as easily toothpicks do."

Reviewed Aug. 11, 2011

"This is just the best dip. I put a bit of Worchestershire sauce in with the cream cheese mixture and I use crab meat instead of shrimp. I make this all the time and there's never enough."

Reviewed Aug. 9, 2011

"If you like shrimp you will love this spread. My family has enjoyed this for many years prepared for the Holidays. I actually have not made it the past couple of years...need to bring this recipe back out."

Reviewed Apr. 12, 2011

"My family loves this recipe. I like to cook it the night before Thanksgiving because its such an easy and light meal plus my family never leaves leftovers."

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