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Sheila’s Low-Carb Shrimp Dip

If you’re looking for a low-carb appetizer that’s really a treat, Sheila’s Low-Carb Shrimp Dip is a recipe you’ll make over and over. 

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Sheila’s Low-Carb Shrimp Dip is a recipe I got from a lovely woman named Sheila who was the school secretary when I taught elementary school. Every so often Sheila would bring this dip, and the faculty and staff would devour it! Then when I started blogging Sheila gave me the recipe, and I first shared it on the blog many years ago. Since then it’s become a favorite in my family of shrimp lovers, and I think this is a perfect idea for something special to make any time you need a special appetizer. So I’m recommending it today as my Friday Favorites pick!

If you’re trying to follow a carb-conscious eating plan, I know only too well how challenging it can be to find party food that’s really a treat! But I promise you this shrimp dip is so delicious that it will really help you enjoy the game without feeling deprived. I’m pretty sure Sheila used to make this with drained, canned shrimp back in the day, but we use frozen shrimp that’s thawed and drained well, and the chunks of shrimp make it so good. We usually eat the dip with celery and bell pepper strips, both of which give plenty of crunch, but there are lots of vegetable options. I promise this is one of those recipes you’ll want to make over and over.

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

  • cream cheese
  • sour cream
  • fresh lemon juice
  • Beau Monde Seasoning (affiliate link) or celery salt
  • dried dill weed (affiliate link)
  • green onions
  • red bell pepper
  • frozen cooked shrimp
  • low-carb veggies to serve with the dip such as celery, red pepper strips, sugar snap peas, cauliflower, broccoli, jicama, etc.

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How to make this recipe:

(This is just a summary of the steps; scroll down for complete printable recipe.)

  1. Thaw frozen shrimp in the refrigerator overnight, then let it drain well in a colander placed in the sink.
  2. While shrimp drains, use a food processor to buzz the softened cream cheese, sour cream, lemon juice, Beau Monde Seasoning (affiliate link) or celery salt, and dried dill weed (affiliate link).
  3. Chop up the drained shrimp, green onion, and red bell pepper. Stir shrimp and vegetables into the sour cream/cream cheese mixture.
  4. This is best if it’s chilled for a few hours.
  5. Then when it’s time to serve, grab some veggies and enjoy!
  6. We loved it with red pepper strips and celery for low-carb dippers, but you can use any healthy veggies you’d like to dip into this.

Sheila's Low-Carb Shrimp Dip found on KalynsKitchen.com

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Yogurt and Feta Dip ~ A Family Feast

Sheila's Low-Carb Shrimp Dip found on KalynsKitchen.com

Sheila's Low-Carb Shrimp Dip

Yield 16 servings.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

If you're looking for a low-carb appetizer that's really a treat, Sheila's Low-Carb Shrimp Dip is a recipe you'll make over and over.


  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sour cream (or for more protein you can use cottage cheese that's pureed in the food processor)
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. Beau Monde Seasoning (or celery salt, see notes)
  • 2 tsp. dried dill weed (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper (one large pepper, cut in pieces about 3/8 inch)
  • 2 cups frozen cooked shrimp, thawed and cut in pieces about 3/8 inch
  • fresh low-carb veggies to serve with the dip such as celery, red pepper strips, sugar snap peas, cauliflower, broccoli, jicama, etc.


  1. Let shrimp thaw overnight in refrigerator, then drain well. If they seem wet, I wrap them in a paper towel and squeeze out as much moisture as I can.
  2. Use food processor to blend together the cream cheese, sour cream, lemon juice, Beau Monde Seasoning (or celery salt), and dried dill weed. Remove from food processor and put into mixing bowl.
  3. Stir in chopped green onion and chopped bell pepper, then gently fold in shrimp.
  4. Chill dip for at least an hour before serving for best flavor.
  5. Serve with celery, red pepper strips, sugar snap peas, cauliflower, broccoli, jicama, or other veggie dippers of your choice.


I used Beau Monde Seasoning (affiliate link) and dried dill weed (affiliate link) for this recipe.

Nutritional information is based on 1/4 cup serving size and does not include vegetables.

This recipe is dedicated to the memory of Sheila Krogue, who died in 2015. She made everyone laugh at West Bountiful Elementary, and I'm sure everyone who worked with her will remember this shrimp dip. 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 119Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 444mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Low-Carb Shrimp Dip with low-carb veggies specified is great for any low-carb or low-glycemic eating plan, including Keto. It’s also great for any phase of the South Beach Diet, but South Beach would prefer reduced-fat dairy products.

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2007 when I was still teaching school and Sheila was still bringing this dip for a treat for the teachers! It was last updated in 2021.

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    35 Comments on “Sheila’s Low-Carb Shrimp Dip”

  1. I was wondering if you could use imitation crab meat in this recipe instead of shrimp. If not, any ideas for the crab meat?

  2. Rachel, love the sound of that!

  3. I love shrimp dip! I made shrimp stuffed tomatoes this weekend which was a fun alternative to dip.

  4. Thanks Maria! A bit unusual for breakfast but I'm enjoying it today with celery.

  5. Great healthy recipe! Perfect for the new year!

  6. Sharon, thanks; so glad to hear you're enjoying it.

  7. I can't believe how such a simple recipe can be so amazingly tasty. My boys and I have been dipping this with sugar snap peapods, bok choy bottoms and red bell peppers (a bit redundant because of the red peppers in the dip itself). A friend was just diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and I sent her your site so she can ENJOY food while getting her sugar and weight under control. Thanks!

  8. Orange Beach, thanks. It’s comments like that which really make my day.

  9. This dip was absolutely delicious! You have been a true inspiration to me. I have been on the South Beach diet for 2 weeks and have lost 6 pounds. I check your site almost daily. Your recipes are great and so are you!!! Thank you for all the inspiration.

  10. Yummy, yummy. Great idea!! 🙂

  11. This looks like a delicious dip. Our neighbors drop by all the time on the weekend. I’ll have to give it a try Saturday.

  12. This looks like a very satisfying and tasty dip. I often use pepper strips instead of bread or crackers. So much healthier!

  13. Looks delicious!

  14. Ilva, you’re welcome. This looked like “finger food” to me.

    Linda (aka anonymous) glad you liked the corned beef.

    Sandy, thanks for the support. I do prefer to make the muffins every week and not freeze them, but I never noticed it made them rubbery. I think that might be too long in the microwave. They don’t reheat well from the frozen state; thaw in the fridge first. (Or do what I try to do and make fresh every week, even better.)

    Sher, I could NEVER give up shrimp either.

    Tanna, thanks. Love those sweet bell peppers.

    Joanna, so glad you liked it.

    Kristen, thanks.

  15. That looks like a great dip.

  16. Wonderful looking dip! and I love the bell pepper dippers!

  17. I have a great foodness for veggie dip–and so glad that shrimp is now deemed good for us. I would have a hard time going without it! The dip looks delicious.

  18. “anoymous” is just me in a hurry – linda t.

  19. Kalyn,

    I love your blog and check by every day. I don’t always have time to comment, but just wanted you to know you have a fan who looks forward to a daily peek at what you’re up to.

    I’ve made the South Beach egg muffins. I tried freezing them, but they turned out rubbery. But I love the flavor otherwise.

    I’m trying to incorporate South Beach principles, with my doctor’s o.k. and your blog gives me lots of ideas.

    Thanks for all your wonderful efforts.

  20. Sunday I made your c.beefw/horseradish sauce for my in-laws — then today I was looking for an easy lunch — yahoo-great shrimp dip w/veggies! thanks kiddo!