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Shrimp Surprise Spread – The Best Shrimp Dip Ever!

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Nothing’s better for game day than a delicious shrimp dip like this Shrimp Surprise Spread. It’s great with chips and crackers too! Whip it up today for that next big game or family visit!

Shrimp Dip
Shrimp Dip

This Retro Shrimp Dip IS Actually The Best Seafood Dip Ever!

I have been craving this shrimp surprise spread since last summer! My brother’s Mother-in-Law made it for a large family gathering and we literally couldn’t stop snacking on it, I think she actually had to make two batches to feed everyone as the first one disappeared in mere minutes! Who else remembers this crazy classic spread? I think it’s actually called Surprise Spread here in Canada.


Tips and Tricks For Making the Best Shrimp Dip

This recipe is pretty straight forward but here are a few tips and tricks to mix it up and make it even better!

  1. A lot of people leave the shrimp out – and to be honest that’s totally OK, but it would also be excellent with crab.
  2. The key to this dip is the seafood sauce so buy your favorite seafood sauce as the taste can differ brand to brand.
  3. You can use any cheese you want but if you don’t want to overpower the flavor of the dip, mozzarella by itself is best.

Shrimp Surprise Spread

I made it with a cheddar cheese mix, with plain mozza and I like both, to be frank but I *might* like it a little better with the plain mozzarella. That might be because I love the seafood sauce flavour so much that I don’t want anything to interfere with it! I have also seen it with red or yellow sweet peppers if that’s something you’d like to try as well, but the green pepper is my favourite.

Surprise Dip

Before eating it this past summer  at the BBQ I honestly can’t remember the last time I had Surprise Spread. I know that I’ve eaten it before but man, has it been maybe since my 20’s when everyone got married and had babies? It might have been that long, this is very much a Canadian wedding/baby shower dip! As soon as I took one bite last year I knew that I remember it – and that I loved it. The Best Seafood Dip Ever!

So now, in the dead of winter, I finally got around to making it. You might know it as surprise dip, seafood surprise spread, shrimp surprise dip – basically you can take and and all combinations of those words and it’s usually this dip.

Now that I’ve made it, it’s definitely going back into the permanent party rotation!

Who else remember’s this dip? When’s the last time you had it?

Happy (non) cooking!



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Shrimp Dip

Shrimp Surprise Spread - The Best Shrimp Dip Ever! This dip or spread is perfect for entertaining - especially on Game Day!

4.34 from 21 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Total Time
10 minutes
Karlynn Johnston
shrimp dip


  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 4 ounce cans small shrimp, drained well
  • 250ml jar seafood cocktail sauce
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 4 green onions diced
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese mixed
  • Two boxes of plain Ritz Crackers


  1. Beat together the cream cheese, sour cream and mayo until smooth and creamy. Spread out on a large plate with an edge or in a 9x13 pan.
  2. Spread the seafood sauce over the cream cheese mixture gently.
  3. Sprinkle the shrimp over top of the sauce in an even layer.
  4. Layer the remaining ingredients however you like. I usually go green peppers, tomatoes, a little cheese, green onions and then the rest of the cheese.
  5. Refrigerate until serving.
  6. Serve with Ritz crackers for the BEST taste, but this also works with tortilla chips!

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Recipe Notes

This is best made the day of or it goes soggy.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 94kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 145mg, Potassium: 62mg, Vitamin A: 5.7%, Vitamin C: 9.3%, Calcium: 10.1%, Iron: 1.1%

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian Prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Leigh Dupont says

    Added a can crab meat to the cream cheese mixture and some left over bbq salmon with old bay seasoning.On top i added jalapeno and lemon zest and some left over pico de gallo.=flavour town

  2. Patti Steskal says

    Looks good, definitely have to try this. I have fresh cooked shrimp and wondering if that would work? Think it probably would if I chopped them up. How much do you think I should use?

    • Dennis says

      It calls for (2) 4 oz cans… I’m going out on a limb here and suggest maybe 8 Oz…

  3. Catalina says

    I love shrimps! I was thinking to make something like that for the Game Day!

  4. Dee says

    I haven’t seen this before, but I now I have to try it! Looks delicious!

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