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posted: 02/09/21

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This Hot Crab Dip Recipe only takes about 10 minutes to prepare, and is the perfect appetizer. But really, I will not judge you if you make a meal out of this amazing crab dip.

hand holding a bagel chip that has been dipped in hot crab dip

My love of appetizers strikes again! This hot crab dip recipe is as delicious as it is simple to make. It is made with only a few ingredients, but they come together in this creamy dip that has the slightest kick from Old Bay Seasoning.

overhead view of ingredients fo hot crab dip recipe

How to Make Crab Dip

Besides how amazing it tastes, I love how fast crab dip comes together. This recipe involves just mixing together a few ingredients and then popping it in the oven.

Make sure you follow the instructions and measurements listed in the recipe card below.

  1. Pick through the crab meat: Lump crab meat often has pieces of shells in it. Make sure that you pick through the meat in a separate bowl and get out any pieces of shell that are still lurking.
  2. Use room temperature cream cheese: The cream cheese will be a lot easier to work with if it is room temperature. This is one of the few recipes in which I think it is okay for you to use your microwave to soften the cream cheese a little.
  3. Mix the ingredients: Using a hand mixer, blend together all of the ingredients, reserving 1 cup of the cheese for topping.
  4. Taste test: Taste the mixture and add any salt and pepper if you feel like it is needed.
  5. Top and bake: Add the remaining cheese to the top and put the dip in the oven.
bowl of lump crab meat

Picking Through Crab Meat

As I mentioned above, I think it is best when using lump crab meat, to sort through it and pull out any pieces of shell that accidentally got mixed in.

To do this, simply add the crab meat to a bowl, and use a fork to sort through it. The pieces are very easy to notice as they look so different from the meat. I found a few pieces in the can you see pictured here.

Imitation vs. Real Crab Meat

In many of my recipes – like my very favorite Crab Pasta Salad – I use imitation crab meat. In that recipe in particular, the main reason is for texture. It just holds up better.

In other recipes, the reason for the imitation crab meat is cost. Cans of lump crab meat can run between $8 and $15. If cost is a limitation, you could absolutely use imitation crab meat in this recipe and it would work. If cost is not a limitation, for this recipe I would stick with the real deal.

overhead view of crab dip recipe in a white casserole dish with two bagel chips sticking out of it

What is Old Bay Seasoning?

Old Bay Seasoning is that red powder you see all over crabs that you get in a seafood restaurant in New England. It coats your hands as you are eating, and then the meat, and makes everything a little more wonderful.

In my experience, my international friends haven’t heard of Old Bay Seasoning, as it is something Untied States specific. It usually has the following spices:

  • Celery Salt
  • Red Pepper
  • Black Pepper
  • Paprika

If you want to make this recipe and can’t find any Old Bay, you could make your own following this recipe.

white casserole dish full of hot crab dip with two bagel chips sticking out of it

FAQ

Can Crab Dip be made ahead of time?

Yes! I would suggest prepping everything in the casserole dish and storing it in the refrigerator, wrapped, until you are ready to bake it.

Can I freeze Crab Dip?

Given the amount of dairy in this recipe, I would not recommend freezing it.

Is this Hot Crab Dip recipe low carb?

At only 1 carb per serving, this recipe would be considered low carb. To keep it that way, I would recommend serving this with vegetables instead of crackers.

If you make this crab dip recipe or any of my other recipes, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think. I love hearing from you!

hand holding a bagel chip that has been dipped in hot crab dip
5 from 1 vote

Hot Crab Dip Recipe

Serves: 16 servings
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
This Hot Crab Dip Recipe only takes about 10 minutes to prepare, and makes for the perfect appetizer. But really, I will not judge you if you make a meal out of this amazing crab dip.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 12 ounces lump crab meat see note
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack Cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 1 quart baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, crab meat, green onions, Worcestershire sauce, Old Bay Seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and 1/2 cup of the cheese.
  • Pour the mixture into the baking dish. Top with the remaining cheese.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the cheese begins to bubble. Serve with bagel chips, crackers, and cut up vegetables.

Notes

Lump crab meat often has a few pieces of shells in it. Make sure that you pick through it to eliminate and shell pieces that might be lurking.
Serving: 0.25cup Calories: 127kcal (6%) Carbohydrates: 1g Protein: 7g (14%) Fat: 10g (15%) Saturated Fat: 5g (31%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 49mg (16%) Sodium: 291mg (13%) Potassium: 93mg (3%) Sugar: 1g (1%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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