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Shrimp Stuffed Jalapenos

Shrimp Stuffed Jalapenos are cheesy tasty shrimp jalapeno poppers! Easy to make with a simple shrimp dip filling that is even delicious on its own with chips or crackers. These stuffed jalapenos with shrimp are a perfect party finger food for game watching, tailgating, and entertaining.

close view of a shrimp stuffed jalapeno on bake sheet

Why this recipe works

Jalapenos and shrimp seafood flavor go really really well together. So when I make warm shrimp dip or crackers spreads with shrimp, I always add just a bit of jalapeno. So, stuffing jalapenos with a cheesy filling reminiscent of warm shrimp dip is a winning flavor combination.

hand holding a cooked jalapeno popper

About the ingredients

  • Canned shrimp. I use canned shrimp in this recipe because they flake and fall apart similar to crab meat to blend right into the cream cheese.
  • Cheeses: cream cheese and sharp cheddar cheese. I find finely shredded cheddar is easier to work with as it blends in better for this recipe. In place of regular cream cheese, Neufchatel cheese can be substituted for a lower fat option.
  • Seasonings: Old Bay seasoning, dried minced onion, kosher salt. Fresh or dried chives can be substituted for the minced onion.
  • Jalapenos. Jalapenos can vary widely in size, which will determine if there is dip leftover or not.
collage of 2 photos; left, shrimp dip ingredients in metal bowl; right, ingredients combined with fork

How to make shrimp stuffed jalapenos

For the shrimp dip filling, simply combine the ingredients together. Using either a fork or an electric mixer makes this quick and easy. The filling can be made a day in advance.

Stuff the jalapenos by adding enough filling to fill the jalapeno but not overfill it. Again, using a fork is easiest for this task.

Bake your tasty stuffed jalapenos with shrimp to crispy cheesy perfection in just 20 minutes in a 400°F oven.

collage of 2 photos: left, prepared jalapeno shells on bake sheet; right, jalapenos filled with shrimp dip
filled jalapenos on bake sheet before cooking

FAQs

Can these shrimp jalapeno poppers be assembled in advance?

Yes. They can be assembled a day in advance, wrapped with plastic wrap, and stored in a refrigerator until ready to cook. Note that if starting to bake while still cold, they will need to cook longer.

Can other peppers be used rather than jalapenos?

Yes. This recipe completely works also with sweet snack peppers (aka mini bell peppers).

Can fresh shrimp be used in place of canned?

I used canned shrimp in my shrimp stuffed jalapenos because of they way they fall apart and bend into the cream cheese. However, fresh shrimp can be used. Simple poach or give a quick sauté to cook, then mince.

What can be done with leftover shrimp dip filling?

Depending on the size of the jalapenos, there may be up to a cup leftover shrimp dip. What I like to do is spread it in a Pyrex pie plate or small bake dish, heat through in the oven or microwave, and serve with tortilla chips or crackers.hand holding a cracker with shrimp dip on it

cooked shrimp jalapeno poppers on bake sheet
close view of a shrimp stuffed jalapeno on bake sheet

Shrimp Stuffed Jalapenos

Erica
Shrimp Stuffed Jalapenos are cheesy tasty shrimp jalapeno poppers! Easy to make with a simple shrimp dip filling that is even delicious on its own with chips or crackers. These stuffed jalapenos with shrimp are a perfect party finger food for game watching, tailgating, and entertaining.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 182 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 (6 oz) can tiny shrimp drained
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 4 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ tsp dried minced onion
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 16 jalapenos sliced in half, seed and ribs removed

Instructions
 

  • Heat oven to 400°F.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, use a fork to combine the shrimp, cheeses, and seasonings.
  • Stuff the jalapenos and place on bake sheet.
  • Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes or until jalapenos are soft and filling is lightly browned.

Notes

Take care not to overstuff the jalapenos as the filling will swell as it cooks and can run out of the peppers.
Leftover dip can be spread in a pie plate or small bake dish and heated in the oven or microwave. Serve with tortilla chips or crackers. 

Nutrition

Calories: 182kcal (9%) | Carbohydrates: 4g (1%) | Protein: 10g (20%) | Fat: 14g (22%) | Saturated Fat: 9g (56%) | Cholesterol: 104mg (35%) | Sodium: 397mg (17%) | Potassium: 83mg (2%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 3g (3%)

Calorie count is purely an estimate calculated using an online application to serve as a guide and not to be taken as accurate nutritional information. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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