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New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp Dip

As far as Southern dips go, this is one of our favorites. The shrimp gives this dish a definite Cajun feel. Serve with chips or bread, a definite crowd pleaser.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Servings 8


  • 8 Tbs Butter 1 stick
  • 1/4 Cup Chili sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh lemon juice
  • 5 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tsp Dried oregano
  • 1 Tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 Tsp Hot sauce
  • 1 1/4 Pounds Shrimp peeled and deveined, tails off
  • 4 Ounces Cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
  • 3 Scallions thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh flat-leaf parsley chopped, loosely packed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Peel and devein the shrimp, tails removed.
  • Juice the lemons and measure 1/4 cup juice, about 1 1/2 lemons.
  • Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Whisk in the chili sauce, lemon juice, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne, oregano, paprika and hot sauce.
  • Bring to a low simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until slightly reduced, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the shrimp and cook until they are pink and just cooked, about 4 minutes, flipping once.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  • Add the cream cheese, and sour cream, then stir vigorously until smooth. Set aside.
  • Thinly cut the scallions separating the whites from the greens.
  • Chop the parsley loosely packed to measure 1/2 cup.
  • Add the shrimp, scallion whites, parsley, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt and a few grinds of pepper to the cheese mixture and stir to combine.
  • Place the shrimp mixture in a food processor and pulse until roughly chopped.
  • Place the dip into a broiler-safe dish.
  • Melt the remaining butter and pour it over the top of the dip, making sure to cover the entire surface with a thin coat of butter.
  • Sprinkle with the scallion greens.
  • Chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Bring the dip to room temperature. Preheat the broiler.
  • Broil the dip until the butter layer just begins to melt.
  • Serve with your favorite crackers or crusty bread. Enjoy!