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Pickled Shrimp and Spinach Dip

Pickled Shrimp with Spinach Cream Dip

Pickled Shrimp. An appetizer recipe that's just as pretty as it is delicious. Served with a spinach cream dip, this is a delicious and impressive appetizer. A Southern inspired recipe.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
chill time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 17 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 347kcal


  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 jalapeños thinly sliced
  • 2 leaves bay
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon allspice berries
  • 2 pounds large shrimp —shelled and deveined tails left on, 16 to 20 per pound
  • DIP
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 pound spinach—stemmed washed, dried and leaves coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup crème fraîche
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Salt
  • leaves Cilantro for garnish


  • In a large saucepan, combine the water, vinegar, sugar, garlic, jalapeños, bay leaves, crushed red pepper, salt, peppercorns and allspice berries and bring to a boil to dissolve the sugar. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Transfer the shrimp and liquid to a large bowl and let cool to room temperature. If you can, accelerate this process by placing bowl out in the snow, or place in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Then cover and refrigerate for 8 to 10 hours.
  • In a large saucepan, boil the cream over high heat until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Add the spinach and cook, stirring, until wilted, about 1 minute. Transfer the spinach mixture to a bowl and let cool. Stir in the crème fraîche and lemon juice and season with salt.
  • Using a slotted spoon, lift the shrimp and jalapeños from the marinade and arrange on a platter. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve the spinach dip in a bowl alongside.


Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 327mg | Sodium: 1545mg | Potassium: 501mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 6104IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 261mg | Iron: 5mg