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Easy Shrimp Dip Recipe with Roast Garlic and Parmesan

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You’re going to love the ease of this Garlic Shrimp Dip Recipe! It’s perfect for game day and holiday parties or makes a tasty, easy appetizer, too! I promise that it has the best flavor that will have you craving more the next day!

Roasted garlic dip in a bowl.

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When it comes to shrimp recipes, this creamy hot shrimp dip is always a good idea. It’s loaded with succulent shrimp and will be one of your favorite dips at the appetizer table. If you’re a fan of shrimp cocktails, you’ll not want to miss out on this hot dip.

Want more delicious dip recipes to try out?  Need to add more dips for your party food? You could also make a spicy hummus dip to contrast this shrimp recipe. Or for a warm dip option, make a simple Warm Reuben Dip.

If you love this recipe, then you’d like these Cilantro Lime Sheet Pan Shrimp Tacos, and you may also enjoy this Pull-apart Garlic Cheesy Bread as well!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe…

  • It’s Incredibly Easy to Make: With straightforward instructions and common ingredients, anyone can create this delightful shrimp dip without any hassle.
  • Versatile Serving Options: Whether you serve it at a warm, cozy gathering or as a chic appetizer at your next dinner party, this dip is sure to impress.
  • Full of Flavor: The combination of roast garlic, parmesan, and succulent shrimp offers a rich, tantalizing taste that’s truly unforgettable.
  • A Crowd-Pleaser: This dip is guaranteed to be a hit, satisfying both seafood lovers and those who can’t resist a creamy, decadent appetizer.

What’s In This Shrimp Dip Recipe

Ingredients for garlic shrimp dip including parmesan cheese, dijon mustard, and Greek yogurt on a white countertop.
  • Head of garlic: The key to unlocking deep, caramelized flavors in this dip, roasting a whole head of garlic infuses it with a sweetness that counterbalances the zesty seafood.
  • Olive oil: Extra virgin olive oil not only aids in roasting the garlic to perfection but also adds a subtle, fruity undertone to the dip’s overall flavor profile.
  • Sour cream: Whether you opt for low fat or full fat, sour cream introduces a tangy creaminess that makes the dip irresistibly smooth.
  • Greek yogurt: This is the secret ingredient for an extra creamy texture, adding a slight tang and boosting the dip’s richness.
  • Lemon juice & zest: Freshly squeezed lemon juice and zest contribute a bright, citrusy spark, cutting through the dip’s richness and enhancing the shrimp’s natural flavor.
  • Cumin: A hint of ground cumin lends a warm, earthy note, adding depth to the creamy base of the dip.
  • Cayenne pepper: For those who like a little kick, cayenne pepper adds just the right amount of heat without overwhelming the other flavors.
  • Dijon mustard: Its tangy, sharp taste is the perfect complement to the creamy elements, adding complexity to the flavor profile.
  • Parmesan cheese: This adds a salty, nutty element to the recipe, creating a perfect fusion with the roasted garlic and enhancing the overall taste.
  • Jumbo shrimp: Opting for jumbo shrimp means each bite is packed with succulent, juicy seafood, elevating the dip from good to gourmet.
  • Parsley: Fresh parsley not only adds a pop of color but brings a fresh, herbaceous layer to the dip, balancing out the richness of the other ingredients.

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Cream Cheese: For an even richer, creamier texture, consider substituting part of the sour cream or Greek yogurt with softened cream cheese.
  • Mayonnaise: If you’re out of sour cream, a high-quality mayonnaise can be a good substitute, adding a different but equally creamy profile.
  • Vegan Options: Vegan alternatives for sour cream, Greek yogurt, and parmesan cheese are available and can be used for those adhering to a plant-based diet. Similarly, there are vegan shrimp substitutes made from konjac or soy.
  • Herbs and Spices: Feel free to experiment with different herbs, such as dill or chives, in place of, or in addition to, parsley. Smoked paprika could be a flavorful substitute for cayenne pepper for those seeking a smokier note.
  • Cheese Varieties: Though parmesan offers a distinct flavor, other hard cheeses like aged cheddar, gouda, or even smoky provolone could provide interesting variations. 
  • Seafood Variations: While shrimp is the star of this dish, incorporating or substituting it with other seafood like crab meat or chunks of lobster can elevate the dip to new luxurious heights.

How To Make Garlicky Shrimp Dip (Step By Step Directions)

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 400°F (200°C). Prepare a large, rimmed baking dish by lining it with parchment paper and setting aside.
  2. Trim the top off the head of garlic to expose the cloves slightly. Drizzle these with olive oil, wrap the whole head securely in a small sheet of aluminum foil, and place it in the oven. Roast for about 40 minutes, or until the garlic cloves are soft and golden. Once done, remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  3. In the meantime, prepare the shrimp seasoning. In a large bowl, mix olive oil, minced garlic, Dijon mustard, ground cumin, and grated Parmesan. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  4. Coat fresh shrimp thoroughly in the seasoning mix, then lay them out on the pre-lined baking sheet. Transfer this to the oven and roast for 6 to 8 minutes, keeping a close watch to ensure the shrimp turn pink and firm but do not overcook.
  5. While waiting for the shrimp to cook, focus on the dip. Squeeze the now-soft roasted garlic cloves into a blender or food processor. Add the sour cream, Greek yogurt, fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, more ground cumin, and cayenne pepper (optional). Blend these ingredients until smooth. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper according to your taste, then move the dip into a small serving dish.
  6. Once the shrimp are cooked, immediately sprinkle them with additional lemon juice and fresh parsley, mixing gently. Serve these flavorful shrimp alongside the creamy dip while still warm.
Roasted garlic dip in a white bowl with shrimps on the side.

Recipe Tips

  • Preparation is Key: Measure out all your ingredients before starting. This will make the cooking process smoother and ensure you don’t miss anything.
  • Roasting Garlic: Don’t rush the garlic roasting process. The deeper the caramelization, the more flavor it will add to the dip.
  • Shrimp Size: While jumbo shrimp are recommended for their meatiness, you can use whatever size you have on hand. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly to avoid overcooking.
  • Blending for Smoothness: For an ultra-smooth dip, blend the mixture for a couple of minutes. Scraping down the sides of the blender or food processor halfway through can help incorporate all ingredients evenly.
  • Adjusting Thickness: If the dip feels too thick, you can thin it slightly with a tablespoon of milk or water until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Flavor to Taste: After blending, taste the dip and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Sometimes a little extra lemon juice or salt can make all the difference.
  • Serving Temperature: This dip can be served immediately while warm or chilled for a few hours if you prefer a cooler appetizer.
  • Making Ahead: Although not about storage, it’s worth noting that preparing the garlic and seasoning the shrimp a few hours before cooking can enhance the flavors even more.

Storing Tips 

This is a great appetizer to enjoy the next day as well! Just store the leftover dip in an airtight container and keep it chilled in the fridge for a couple of days. This creamy dip can be heated back up the next day for round 2!

Be sure to eat any leftovers within 1-2 days.

Shrimp dipped in a roasted garlic dip.

Serving Suggestions

It’s all about what you can dip into this simple dip! Here are some great finger foods that go perfectly with this shrimp dip appetizer.

Recipe FAQs

Is this recipe gluten-free?

This garlicky shrimp dip recipe is inherently gluten-free, as it does not require any ingredients containing gluten. However, always check the labels of store-bought items like mayonnaise and mustard to ensure they do not contain gluten or are processed in a facility with gluten-containing products.

How can I make this recipe spicier?

For those who prefer a bit more heat, you can add additional cayenne pepper to the seasoning mix or include a pinch of red pepper flakes. Additionally, a dash of hot sauce blended into the dip or drizzled on top before serving can effectively kick up the spice level.

Can I use frozen shrimp for this recipe?

If using frozen shrimp, ensure they are completely thawed before seasoning and cooking. Pat them dry to remove any excess water to prevent them from becoming soggy during cooking.

What other citrus can I use if I don’t have lemons?

If lemons are not available, limes are a great alternative and can offer a similar tangy freshness to the dip. Orange zest and a bit of orange juice can also be used for a slightly sweeter but equally delicious variation.

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A white bowl of roasted garlic dip with shrimps on the side.
5 from 3 votes

Easy Shrimp Dip Recipe with Roast Garlic and Parmesan


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Appetizer & Snacks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Yields 8 Servings
Everyone is going to love this Easy Shrimp Dip Recipe with Roast Garlic and Parmesan! It's the perfect appetizer or a great recipe to enjoy at home!

Ingredients 

Roasted Garlic Dip Ingredients:

Garlic-Parmesan Shrimp Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp cumin ground
  • 3 tbsp Parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ lb (680 ⅖ g) jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 ½ tbsp lemon juice
  • cup (20 g) parsley

Instructions

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 400°F (200°C). Prepare a large, rimmed baking dish by lining it with parchment paper and setting aside.
  • Trim the top off the head of garlic to expose the cloves slightly. Drizzle these with olive oil, wrap the whole head securely in a small sheet of aluminum foil, and place it in the oven. Roast for about 40 minutes, or until the garlic cloves are soft and golden. Once done, remove from the oven and allow to cool.
    1 whole garlic head,1 tbsp olive oil
  • In the meantime, prepare the shrimp seasoning. In a large, medium bowl, mix olive oil, minced garlic, Dijon mustard, ground cumin, and grated Parmesan. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
    2 tsp cumin,3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil,2 tsp Dijon mustard,3 tbsp Parmesan cheese,3-4 cloves garlic
  • Coat fresh shrimp thoroughly in the seasoning mix, then lay them out on the pre-lined baking sheet. Transfer this to the oven and roast for 6 to 8 minutes, keeping a close watch to ensure the shrimp turn pink and firm but do not overcook.
    1 ½ lb jumbo shrimp
  • While waiting for the shrimp to cook, focus on the dip. Squeeze the now-soft roasted garlic cloves into a blender or food processor. Add the sour cream, Greek yogurt, fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, more ground cumin, and cayenne pepper (optional). Blend these ingredients until smooth. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper according to your taste, then move the dip into a small serving dish.
    ½ cup Sour cream,½ cup Greek yogurt,2 tbsp lemon juice,1 tsp lemon zest,½ tbsp cayenne pepper,1 tsp cumin,Sea salt and black pepper
  • Once the shrimp are cooked, immediately sprinkle them with additional lemon juice and fresh parsley, mixing gently. Serve these flavorful shrimp alongside the creamy dip while still warm.
    1 ½ tbsp lemon juice,1/3 cup parsley,Sea salt and black pepper

Notes

  • Preparation is Key: Measure out all your ingredients before starting. This will make the cooking process smoother and ensure you don’t miss anything.
  • Roasting Garlic: Don’t rush the garlic roasting process. The deeper the caramelization, the more flavor it will add to the dip.
  • Shrimp Size: While jumbo shrimp are recommended for their meatiness, you can use whatever size you have on hand. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly to avoid overcooking.
  • Blending for Smoothness: For an ultra-smooth dip, blend the mixture for a couple of minutes. Scraping down the sides of the blender or food processor halfway through can help incorporate all ingredients evenly.
  • Adjusting Thickness: If the dip feels too thick, you can thin it slightly with a tablespoon of milk or water until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Flavor to Taste: After blending, taste the dip and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Sometimes a little extra lemon juice or salt can make all the difference.
  • Serving Temperature: This dip can be served immediately while warm or chilled for a few hours if you prefer a cooler appetizer.
  • Making Ahead: Although not about storage, it’s worth noting that preparing the garlic and seasoning the shrimp a few hours before cooking can enhance the flavors even more.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 174kcal (9%) Carbohydrates: 4g (1%) Protein: 14g (28%) Fat: 11g (17%) Saturated Fat: 3g (19%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0.01g Cholesterol: 118mg (39%) Sodium: 537mg (23%) Potassium: 181mg (5%) Fiber: 0.4g (2%) Sugar: 1g (1%) Vitamin A: 609IU (12%) Vitamin C: 7mg (8%) Vitamin D: 0.1µg (1%) Calcium: 111mg (11%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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