Delicious Shrimp Mold Recipe: Perfect for Every Occasion

As a chef who loves to entertain, I know the importance of having a good appetizer up your sleeve. That’s why I’m excited to share with you my recipe for the ultimate party pleaser – Shrimp Mold.

This classic dish is simple but elegant, and always gets rave reviews from guests. The combination of juicy shrimp, creamy cheese, and crunchy celery creates a texture and flavor profile that will make your taste buds jump for joy.

But don’t let the fancy name fool you – this dish is easy to prepare and requires only a handful of ingredients. With a little bit of effort, you can create something that looks and tastes like it was catered straight from a high-end restaurant.

So whether you’re hosting a dinner party, family gathering or simply looking for a delicious snack to enjoy on a lazy afternoon, this Shrimp Mold recipe is sure to impress. Get ready to take your entertaining game to the next level!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Shrimp Mold
Shrimp Mold

If you’re a fan of shrimp, then this Shrimp Mold Recipe is a must-try for you! This mold recipe is incredibly easy to make, and once you have a taste of it, you’ll want to make it over and over again.

The combination of succulent shrimp, creamy mayonnaise, tangy green onion, and crunchy celery makes this dish so appetizing. But that’s not all! This recipe also includes cream cheese for an added richness that will surely satisfy your taste buds.

You can serve the shrimp mold with fresh slices of tomato or crackers to make it even more delicious. It’s perfect as an appetizer or finger food for any party or gathering.

The best part about this recipe? You can customize it based on what you like! If you prefer spicier food, you can add some hot sauce to the mix. Or if you want to add more texture, throw in some finely chopped nuts or seeds. The possibilities are endless!

And let’s not forget how versatile this dish is. It’s great for any season or occasion – whether it’s a summer barbecue or a winter holiday party. Plus, because it can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge, you won’t have to spend much time preparing while your guests are already there.

So why should you love this Shrimp Mold Recipe? Because it’s easy to make, incredibly flavorful and versatile, and will have everyone coming back for seconds. Give it a try – trust me, you won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 Biting into this classic shrimp mold will transport you straight to the 60s.
Biting into this classic shrimp mold will transport you straight to the 60s.

Get your apron on! It’s time to gather the ingredients for this scrumptious shrimp mold recipe.

Here are the things you will need to prepare the molded shrimp delight:

For the Shrimp Mold:

  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 lb cooked peeled and chopped salad shrimp
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • Lemon juice (optional)

For the Cream Cheese Mixture:

  • 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (10 oz) tomato soup
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Tabasco or other hot sauce (optional)

For the Gelatin:

  • 2 cans (10 oz each) tomato shrimp soup
  • 2 1/4 oz envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • Cold water

Optional Substitute Ingredients:

If you want to experiment with different flavors and textures, you can try some of these substitutions:

  • Cream of mushroom soup instead of tomato soup or shrimp soup
  • Cooked crabmeat instead of shrimp
  • Chopped bell pepper instead of celery

The Recipe How-To

 Seafood lovers, this one's for you! Satisfy your cravings with this delicious and elegant appetizer.
Seafood lovers, this one’s for you! Satisfy your cravings with this delicious and elegant appetizer.

Step 1: Preparing the Shrimp

Start by boiling 1 lb of cooked, peeled shrimp in a pot with some hot water. Once it’s cooked, drain out any excess liquid, chop and set aside.

Step 2: Making the Soup Mixture

In a small pot, cook tomato soup, using 1 can or follow recipe for homemade tomato soup, until it’s light in texture but thick enough to hold its shape. Next, add 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin stirred until dissolved granules dissolve completely. Mix it thoroughly and let it cool for some time.

Step 3: Making the Cheese Mixture

In a bowl, combine 8 oz of softened cream cheese and mix it with 1 cup of mayonnaise until creamy. Do this prep in advance so that when you mix them later it will be easy since both are already soft.

Step 4: Combining Both Mixtures (Soup and Cheese)

Once the soup mixture is cooled and the cheese mixture is ready, then it’s time to combine both mixtures. Pour the soup mixture into the cheese mixture bowl while still stirring the ingredients thoroughly but gently until well blended.

Step 5: Adding Extra Taste with Green Onions and Celery

Add one bunch of finely chopped green onions (around 1/2 cup) and one cup of finely chopped celery. Mix all ingredients thoroughly.

Step 6: Gelatin Stir-Fry

Take another bowl, pour in 2 cups of water, and 2.25 oz envelopes of unflavored gelatin. Let stand for few mins until softened or for better effect crystallized.

Take this hardened mixture from above {“a”}, put them into a small pan onto low heat just to warm up the harden mixture till liquid again. Then stir in cream mushroom soup prepared previously and continue to stir-fry till properly combined.

Then take off from heat, add lemon juice typically determined by taste choice rounding up to 1/4-1/3 teaspoons) and let cool for a bit.

After that Add this stir fry into your shrimp-cheese-soup-celery-green onion bowl then stir gently but evenly.

Pour contents into mold i.e., a dish (use rounded shaped container(s)), lightly coated beforehand with cooking spray {or other grease application(s)} to make sure your molded shrimp comes out whole without breaking apart- because trust me no one likes their shrimp mold coming apart like scrambled eggs! Refrigerate for at least an hour until the molded shrimp sets completely.

Now that you’re done with all these steps, pat yourself on the back because you’re ready to unveil your masterpiece- a perfectly molded shrimp delight!

Substitutions and Variations

 A beautiful display of shrimp sitting pretty in a mold. Get ready for the 'oohs' and 'ahhs' from your guests.
A beautiful display of shrimp sitting pretty in a mold. Get ready for the ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ from your guests.

If you’re feeling adventurous, there are a few ways you can change up this shrimp mold recipe. For starters, try using a different type of soup in place of the tomato soup. Cream of mushroom soup works especially well and gives the dish a different flavor profile.

You can also swap out the shrimp for another type of seafood, like crab or lobster meat. Just be sure to adjust your cooking times accordingly.

If you’re not a fan of mayonnaise, you can substitute it with sour cream or Greek yogurt for a tangy twist. You can also add some spice by mixing in some hot sauce or chili powder.

For a more colorful presentation, try adding some diced red bell pepper or roasted corn to the mix. This will give your shrimp mold a pop of sweetness and crunch.

Finally, if you like things extra cheesy, consider adding more cream cheese or shredded cheddar to the recipe. This will give your molded shrimp dish an extra dose of creamy goodness.

No matter how you customize it, this shrimp mold recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your next party or gathering.

Serving and Pairing

 Perfect for any gathering or celebration, this shrimp mold is a surefire way to impress your guests.
Perfect for any gathering or celebration, this shrimp mold is a surefire way to impress your guests.

When it comes to serving and pairing the shrimp mold, there are several options that can make your dish stand out. First, consider serving it as an appetizer at a dinner party or gathering – this recipe is perfect for feeding a crowd! You can present your molded shrimp on a platter with fresh herbs or microgreens for an elegant touch.

The shrimp mold also makes for a delicious sandwich spread for lunch or snacktime. Simply slice the chilled mold and layer it on bread with lettuce and tomatoes for a delightful sandwich. You may choose to toast the bread, depending on your preference.

Additionally, if you’re looking to add some more flavors to your shrimp mold recipe, consider pairing it with crackers or sliced vegetables such as carrots or cucumbers. The creamy texture of the shrimp mold will contrast nicely with the crisp freshness of the vegetables. And don’t forget the dip! You can use some of the mayonnaise from the recipe as a dipper for your veggies or as a spread for your crackers.

For beverages, you might want to pair this dish with a light white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, or Chardonnay. If you prefer something non-alcoholic, try serving sparkling water with slices of lemon and mint. It’s refreshing and complements the flavors of the dish perfectly.

Overall, there are many different ways to enjoy this shrimp mold recipe. From appetizers to sandwiches and dips, there’s no limit to how creative you can get in serving and enjoying this delicious dish!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Add a touch of sophistication to your party spread with this exotic and flavorful shrimp mold.
Add a touch of sophistication to your party spread with this exotic and flavorful shrimp mold.

Once you have made your delicious shrimp mold, you might be wondering how best to store it, should you wish to keep it for later, or even make it ahead of time. The good news is, this recipe lends itself very well to being made ahead of time.

Before storing the molded shrimp dish, ensure that it’s completely cooled down to room temperature. Wrap it in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and place it in the fridge where it will keep for a few days. This makes it an ideal dish for your next party, since you can prepare it a day or two ahead, leaving you more time to focus on other things such as décor and party favors.

When it comes time to serve the mold, remove the wrap from the dish and handily transfer it onto a platter to serve. It is recommended letting the plated shrimp mold rest at room temperature for about 15-20 minutes before serving. This will help slightly soften the texture of the gelatin.

To reheat the shrimp mold, simple warm a little bit of hot water in a pot and place your chilled mold into the hot water bath. Be careful not to let any water inside your wax paper or container as this can ruin your molding structure. Let it sit in there for about ten minutes or until thawed if deeply frozen.

If you want a fuller explanation of reheating procedures,this is my preferred method when dealing with any gelatin-related dishes because heating in the microwave may make them rubbery. Now that you know how best to store and prepare this dish, why not give this scrumptious seafood sensation a try? It’s up to your utmost preference whether you want it served chilled or heated-up-till-warm type of affair!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Elevate your seafood game by serving up this stunning
Elevate your seafood game by serving up this stunning

To achieve perfect results, I have some tips to guide you on how to make this shrimp mold recipe a complete success.

The first tip is to use high-quality ingredients. The taste and texture of the final product will be mainly determined by the quality of the ingredients. Make sure to use fresh cooked peeled shrimp, green onion, and celery.

The second tip is to dissolve the gelatin properly. If you don’t dissolve the gelatin correctly, your shrimp mold won’t set correctly, and the texture may not be pleasant either. Therefore, read the gelatin package instructions properly and ensure that you dissolve it in cold water before heating it up.

The third tip is to avoid over-mixing the cream cheese and mayonnaise mixture. When mixing together the cream cheese and mayonnaise to form a creamy spread, don’t overdo it or the mixture will get runny.

The fourth tip is to layer your ingredients carefully. To create perfect layers, use a small spatula or spoon and take your time. Carefully spreading each layer ensures that every bite of your composite tastes good.

The fifth tip is adding lemon juice for bold flavoring. It’s not mandatory but adding lemon juice to this recipe will give it a tangy flavor that will elevate all of its other flavors.

Lastly, make sure that you chill your shrimp mold for at least eight hours or overnight. Chilling allows the mold to hold its shape firmly, gives it an optimal texture, and maximizes flavors—allowing all of its elements to fully develop over time.

By following these tips, your shrimp mold recipe will be successful!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this shrimp mold recipe is a show-stopper that will impress your guests and leave them wanting more. The combination of cream cheese, mayonnaise, and tomato soup creates a delicious base for the shrimp, celery, and green onion. As you take your first bite into the molded shrimp dish, you’ll be transported to a culinary paradise that’s packed with flavor and excitement.

Whether you’re hosting a fancy dinner party or a casual gathering with friends, this shrimp mold recipe is an absolute must-try. By following the step-by-step instructions and using the recommended ingredients, you can create a perfectly molded shrimp dish that looks as good as it tastes.

So what are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try today and see for yourself why it’s loved by so many people. And remember, don’t be afraid to experiment with different substitutions and variations to make it your own. Cheers to happy cooking!

Shrimp Mold

Shrimp Mold Recipe

A great favorite for parties and potlucks.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Calories 44.5 kcal


  • 2 packages knox gelatin
  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup green onion, chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cans chopped shrimp


  • Dissolve gelatin in hot water.
  • Add cream of mushroom soup, cream cheese and heat on low until blended.
  • Add celery, green onion, mayonnaise, shrimp and stir well.
  • Pour into mold and put in fridge until set, about 3 hours.
  • Unmold and serve with crackers.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 30gCalories: 44.5kcalCarbohydrates: 1.5gProtein: 0.8gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 10.4mgSodium: 122.8mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.6g
Keyword < 4 Hours, For Large Groups, Potluck, Weeknight
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