Hot Cajun Shrimp Dip For Mardi Gras & Game Nights!

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An ideal addition to your Mardi Gras party spread or for adult game nights, this Hot Cajun Shrimp Dip is spicy and delicious! Combine shrimp, cream cheese, and Cajun seasoning and it’s ready in just 20 minutes!

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Hot Cajun Shrimp Dip

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions, to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

Beads, masks, and king cake – it can only mean one thing: Mardi Gras is on its way and it is the perfect opportunity to break out some delicious Louisiana-inspired recipes!

If you’re looking for a delicious and easy-to-make party dish, look no further than this hot Cajun shrimp dip. It’s perfect for game nights, potluck parties, or just snacking on while watching TV.

It’s easy to make and always a hit with guests. Give it a try this Fat Tuesday!

Hot Cajun Shrimp Dip in 20 Minutes

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients and equipment needed for this recipe have been linked to Amazon or other stores if available online.

It may not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.

  • Fresh ProduceGreen Bell Pepper, Green Onion (Scallion/Spring Onion)
  • ProteinSalad Shrimp (Small Coldwater Prawns)
  • DairyCream Cheese, Sour Cream, Parmesan
  • Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning – or any other brand of Cajun Seasoning. Or you could make your own by mixing together 2 Tbsps each of paprika, garlic powder, and oregano; 1 Tbsp each of salt and onion powder; and 2 teaspoons each of freshly ground black pepper and cayenne. Store in an airtight container and use in recipes as required.
  • Louisiana Hot Sauce

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Mardi Gras Recipe - Hot Cajun Shrimp Dip

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Hot Cajun Shrimp Dip

Hot Cajun Shrimp Dip

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

An ideal addition to your Mardi Gras party spread or for adult game nights, this Hot Cajun Shrimp Dip is spicy and delicious! Combine shrimp, cream cheese, and Cajun seasoning and it's ready in just 20 minutes!


  • 1 Tbspolive oil
  • 1 small (4-oz/100g) bag salad shrimp (coldwater prawns)
  • 1 green bell pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 1 (8-oz/225g) package cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup parmesan
  • 1 Tbsp Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning
  • 1½ tsps Louisiana hot sauce
  • 1 green onion, chopped for ganish
  • Crackers, of choice, to serve


  1. Add olive oil to a pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the shrimp and bell pepper to the pan and sauté for until tender.

  3. Add the cream cheese and sour cream to the pan and stir until the cream cheese has melted.

  4. Add in parmesan and stir well.
  5. Add Cajun spice and Louisianna hot sauce and mix well to combine.
  6. Transfer dip to a bowl and garnish with more spice and green onions.
  7. Serve with crackers of choice and enjoy!


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 304Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 1578mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 14g

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