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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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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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  6. This is the blandest dip I have made. Should have tried it before I made it for a Super Bowl Party. Very disappointed. 

    • Not to be rude, but if you used the amount of shrimp and the seasonings I recommended, I can’t understand how this this would have been bland. I’ve made it for many parties (and someone brought it to my own Super Bowl party) and it’s always a hit.

  7. I really liked the ingredients for this recipe…however I just made it and it was really runny, even before I added the shrimp. Any suggestions on making it thicker? I have the party in 2 hours. Helpp. Thanks

    • The only things that could make it runny are if you didn’t drain the shrimp (and pat dry as I suggested) or if the sour cream was runny. I can’t think of anything to add, but have you chilled it yet? That will definitely make it thicker. Hope that works!

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  9. This looks like the kind of dip that I could eat the entire bowl full of without even realizing it! 😂
    Thanks for sharing my recipe, too!

  10. Definitely this could be made with fat-free Greek yogurt.

  11. Klyn, thanks for the great recipe.. Would it be ok to use low fat plain yoghurt in this recipe to make it healthier?

  12. Vicki, I haven't tried it, but I'm guessing that imitation crab meat would be good in this. My only caution (if you're a South Beach Dieter) is to see if the crab has added sugar.