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Hot Crab Dip

This super creamy and flavorful Hot Crab Dip is full of sweet, tender crab meat, spicy Old Bay seasoning and fresh lemon juice. Baked until warm and bubbly, it’s a decadent and delicious appetizer!

close up shot of a spoon in a baking dish with hot crab dip

My Favorite Hot Crab Dip Recipe

Warm dips are so festive and yummy! I love spinach dip, bean dip, onion dip, you name it! This amazing hot crab dip is another winner, and just says “HAPPY FOOTBALL DAY!” 🏈 to me!

I love serving it hot and bubbly from the oven with a selection of tasty crackers.

Recipe Ingredients

This creamy dip uses a whole block of cream cheese, rich sour cream, and tangy mayo for a delicious and flavorful base!

  • Cream Cheese: You’ll need 8 ounces of cream cheese, softened.
  • Mayonnaise: Use your favorite mayo; I sometimes use keto mayonnaise here.
  • Sour Cream: If you can find it, sour cream without additives and stabilizers works well.
  • Cheddar Cheese: This recipe uses a cup of grated cheddar cheese. You can buy it grated or grate your own.
  • Fresh Garlic: Mince or press the garlic.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: This adds a fresh and zesty note to offset the richness of the dip.
  • Old Bay Seasoning: A classic seasoning that goes perfectly with crab.
  • Ground Mustard: To bring out the flavors of both the cheese and the crab meat.
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Hot Sauce: To taste; this is optional, but I highly recommend it.
  • Crab Meat: You’ll need a pound of lump crab meat, chopped.
  • Fresh Parsley: For garnish.
cream cheese, seasonings, and shredded cheese in a mixing bowl

Can You Use Imitation Crab Meat?

  • Sure! Imitation crab works very well in this recipe, and it’s often easier to find than fresh crab. It’s also more affordable, most of the time.

How to Make Hot Crab Dip

This is a very easy mix-and-bake recipe, but be sure to fold the crab in last so you don’t break it up too much!

  1. Set Things Up: Preheat your oven to 375˚F. Then, grease a 9-inch baking dish and set it aside.
  2. Combine All Ingredients Except Meat: In a large mixing bowl, stir together the cream cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream until smooth. Then, add half a cup of the grated cheddar cheese, as well as the garlic, lemon juice, old bay seasoning, mustard, salt, pepper, and hot sauce, if using; stir until incorporated.
  3. Fold in Crab Meat & Assemble: Using a rubber spatula or large spoon, fold the chopped crab meat into the dip. Transfer crab mixture to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the top of the casserole with remaining grated cheddar cheese.
  4. Bake: Bake for 25 minutes, or until hot and bubbly on the sides. Remove from the oven and garnish with parsley.
  5. Enjoy! Serve this dip warm, with pita chips, veggies, crackers, etc.
mixing crab meat into cream cheese

Tips for Success

These tips and tricks will help you make the best holiday appetizer at the table! This creamy crab dip couldn’t be more simple.

  • Try Hot Sauce on the Side: I personally think that hot sauce is a crucial ingredient in a lot of dishes, but of course, many people feel the opposite way. A good solution is to place a small bottle of hot sauce right next to the dip and dippers!
  • Toast Up Some Bread: Make this dip more substantial by serving freshly toasted rounds of French bread instead of crackers or pita chips.
  • Use Quickly: Experts recommend eating the dip within two hours of cooking. After two hours, the dip should either be refrigerated or discarded.
overhead shot of a white skillet with cooked crab dip

Serving Suggestions

These easy recipes go great with hot crab dip! You can serve it as a side or appetizer for just about anything.

dipping into hot crab dip with pita chip

How to Store Extra Crab Dip

  • You can definitely refrigerate your leftovers and enjoy them within a couple days. However, I don’t recommend freezing this dip for longer storage.
  • Leftovers can be tightly covered and refrigerated for up to two days.
  • To reheat, bake at 350˚F until heated through, about ten minutes.
close up shot of a spoon in a baking dish with hot crab dip
Print Recipe
5 from 5 votes

HOT CRAB DIP

This super creamy and flavorful Hot Crab Dip is full of sweet, tender crab meat, spicy Old Bay seasoning and fresh lemon juice. Baked until warm and bubbly, it's a decadent and delicious appetizer!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crab meat recipes, hot crab dip, hot crab dip recipe, imitation crab meat recipes, seafood appetizers, seafood dip, seafood recipes
Servings: 8
Calories: 313kcal

Equipment

  • Oven

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • Β½ cup mayonnaise
  • Β½ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Β½ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • Β½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Hot sauce, to taste, optional
  • 1 pound lump crab meat, chopped
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375˚F.
  • Lightly grease a 9-inch baking dish and set aside.
  • In a large bowl stir together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, and sour cream; mix and stir until smooth and well combined.
  • To the cream cheese mixture add Β½ cup grated cheddar cheese, garlic, lemon juice, old bay seasoning, mustard, salt, pepper, and hot sauce, if using; stir until incorporated.
  • Fold in the chopped crab meat.
  • Transfer the mixture to previously prepared baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the top with remaining grated cheddar cheese.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until hot and bubbly on the sides.
  • Remove from oven and garnish with parsley.
  • Serve warm with pita chips, veggies, crackers, etc.

Nutrition

Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 748mg | Potassium: 179mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 590IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 165mg | Iron: 1mg

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14 Comments

  • Jen
    Jan 11, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    5 stars
    I will park myself beside this dip until it’s gone, haha! It’s so delicious and addicting!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      Jan 12, 2021 at 4:03 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! Thank YOU! πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Allyson
    Jan 12, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Oh my, this dip looks amazing! Will have to try this recipe ASAP!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      Jan 12, 2021 at 4:02 pm

      Thank YOU! I hope you enjoy it! πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Cathy
    Jan 12, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    Yum! Definitely a new go-to for parties!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      Jan 13, 2021 at 1:53 pm

      Thank YOU! I hope you enjoy it! πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Catalina
    Jan 12, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    5 stars
    I am drooling over this crab dip! Who can resist it?

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      Jan 13, 2021 at 1:52 pm

      Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy it! πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Beth
    Jan 12, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    5 stars
    This recipe was a big hit here at the house! I’m definitely going to be making this again soon!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      Jan 13, 2021 at 1:52 pm

      That’s wonderful! I am very glad you and your family enjoyed it! Thank YOU! πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Kevin
    Jan 13, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    5 stars
    Crab dip is something that is always a hit around our house! I cannot wait to make this again!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      Jan 14, 2021 at 6:02 pm

      I am very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Sandra
    Jan 13, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    5 stars
    It was a huge hit at my house!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      Jan 14, 2021 at 6:02 pm

      Glad to hear that! Thank you so much!

      Reply

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