No-Brainer Shrimp Spread

READY IN: 50mins
Recipe by Mareesme

A variation of the ultimate lazy appetizer recipe from the 80's, when you threw shrimp over a block of cream cheese, poured cocktail sauce over it, and served with crackers. I do it this way for a bigger group and also because it's easier to spread on crackers. Note: Many times I use 3 cans (or 1/4 lb. fresh) shrimp, so I can satisfy greedy shrimp lovers who are there. (Note: You may not need to use the whole bottle of cocktail sauce -- use your judgement adding enough to cream cheese to make it spreading consistency and adding a layer of sauce on top of the mixture.)

Top Review by Caroline Cooks

Glad you posted this one, Mareesme! YUMMO! Doesn't get any tastier and easier than this. Used Recipe#18273 for the cocktail sauce. ENJOYED both recipes! Made for Think Pink Tag.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperatore
  • 2 (6 ounce) canscocktail shrimp, drained or 14 lb fresh cooked shrimp, diced
  • 2 green onions, sliced thin
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottleshrimp seafood cocktail sauce


  1. Mix together softened cream cheese, 2/3 of shrimp, sliced onions and 1/2 bottle of shrimp cocktail sauce.
  2. Mix well, adding more cocktail sauce if necessary to make mixture a spreading consistency.
  3. Put in a serving bowl, put a thin layer of cocktail sauce over spread to cover top, then arrange remaining shrimp over that to decorate the appetizer.
  4. Chill, then serve with crackers of your choice.

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