Spicy Garlic Shrimp Dip with Mercator Compass Rosé

Fresh from the sea to your plate, this Spicy Garlic Shrimp Dip recipe from Mercator Vineyards highlights Nova Scotia shrimp. Great for an appetizer or a side dish, this spicy dip is ideal for the summer.


Serves: 6-8

1/2 lb Local shrimp, peeled, deveined, cooked and chilled
8 oz Cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1 1/2 tbsp Garlic, minced
2 tbsp Red onion, minced
2 tsp Extra virgin olive oil
4 dashes Local hot sauce
1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
1 tsp Freshly cracked pepper
1/4 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 Lemon, zested
1/2 Lemon, juiced
2 tsp Chives, finely chopped


  1. Drain shrimp and allow to dry on paper towel.
  2. In a food processor, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, minced garlic, red onion, salt and pepper until thoroughly integrated.
  3. Add shrimp, olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, hot sauce, and cayenne and blend in the food processor for 1 1/2 minutes, or until shrimp have been shredded to combine with cheese mixture. Note: Spiciness can be adjusted to suit your palate.
  4. Place mixture in a non-metallic bowl and fold in chopped chives. Reserve some for garnish.

To serve: Prepare with your favourite local bread, crackers or pita.

Wine Pairing: Pair with a bottle of Mercator Compass Rosé.

Local Source Guide:

Mercator Compass Rosé: Purchase Mercator’s Compass Rosé by visiting the winery, shopping online, or look for their products at the NSLC, WestSide Beer Wine Spirits, Harvest Wines & Spirits or Liquid Assets.

Produce: Noggins Corner Farm Market, Stirling Fruit Farms Ltd., Masstown Market or one of the many other Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia.

Local Shrimp: Clearwater Seafoods Limited, Afishionado Fishmongers, Fisherman’s Market, Masstown Market’s Catch of the Bay, Evan’s Fresh Seafoods & Restaurant.

Hot Sauce: Mad Gringo Hot Sauce.

Recipe provided by: Mercator Vineyards.
Photography provided by:
 Jessica Emin, @eatwithjessie.

This recipe is featured in our 2021 Taste of Nova Scotia Culinary Guide.

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