Crab Dip is one of the best hot appetizers, perfect for parties! Made with lump crab meat baked in a cream cheese base with cheddar, green onion, and everyone’s favorite seafood seasoning, Old Bay!

This crab dip is a party favorite along with spinach artichoke dip and jalapeno popper dip. Serve it with bread or crackers (or veggies to keep it low carb)!

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What’s In Crab Dip?

Crab dip is made with creamy, cheesy ingredients this crab dip is a party favorite!

  • Lump Crabmeat: It is mild, tender and sweet. I would suggest a lump crab meat which is either canned, frozen or even found fresh at the seafood counter.
  • Cheese:  I love the hint of cheddar with crab in this recipe, substitute your favorite cheeses such as mozzarella or monterey jack.
  • Creamy Base: Cream cheese and sour cream get incredibly fluffy when you beat them together, giving this dip amazing texture!
  • Seasonings: Old Bay Seasoning is the perfect complement to almost any seafood dish.

overhead of crab dip ingredients

How to Make Crab Dip

  1. Combine cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise with seasonings until fluffy. Using a hand mixer this makes the dip easier to scoop.
  2. Add green onions, gently fold in the lump crab and half of the cheese. Take care to be gentle and not to break up the crab too much.
  3. Top with remaining cheese and bake until piping hot and the cheese melts!

Serve with crackers, bread, or veggies and dig in!

Crab Dip Additions

  • Add a few dashes of hot sauce, some jalapenos or a splash of buffalo sauce.
  • Add a cup of defrosted corn kernels to make this a crab corn dip
  • Add fresh herbs of your choice, parsley, cilantro or dill are all great additions.

overhead of Crab Dip in a baking dish ready for baking

Serving Suggestions

Try offering a variety of crackers or bread to dip, like pumpernickel, Melba, won-ton wrappers, pretzels or tortilla chips. This dip will taste amazing with pretty much anything you have on hand to convey it into your mouth. (Actually, I could just eat it with a spoon.)

How to Reheat It

To Make Ahead: When making this ahead, it should be good in the fridge for up to 2 days before baking.

To Reheat: Put it in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes, or you could try to microwave individual portions for about 10-30 seconds, checking at intervals.

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Cheesy Hot Crab Dip

Crab Dip is one of the best hot appetizers, perfect for parties!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8


  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt or to taste
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces lump crabmeat
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded, divided
  • baguette for serving


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Combine cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, old bay, seasoned salt, and garlic powder in a bowl. Mix on medium speed until fluffy.
  • Add green onions, crabmeat and half of the cheddar cheese. Gently fold until incorporated.
  • Spread into a 1 ½ QT dish (8x8"). Top with remaining cheese and bake 15-20 minutes or until melted and bubbly.
  • Serve with toasted baguette.
5 from 33 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 210 | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 621mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 597IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 161mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Dip
Cuisine American
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    1. I haven’t tried freezing it so I can’t say for sure Jean. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!

    1. You can substitute your favorite cheeses such as mozzarella or Monterey jack, and while it will change the flavor it will still be delicious Millie!

  1. I made this last night. I must confess to using more cheddar than the recipe called for – probably 1 1/2 cups divided. Also, substituted a package of Boursin Garlic & Herb cheese for part of the cream cheese. My final cheat was to double the crab, because we were out crabbing the day before and I had a 500 ml (2 cup) container absolutely stuffed with crab meat and I used it all. Your idea to whip the cheese/mayonnaise/sour cream & spices together is brilliant and really lightens things up. For dipping, I served with thin Chinese carrot rounds (the huge carrots), curly snow peas from our garden (great for scooping), mushroom slices, radish slices, Ritz crackers, and nacho cheese Doritos. My favourite? The radish slices. Next time, I’ll buy a daikon. Four of us ate up every morsel of that dip. No question that I’ll make it again.5 stars

    1. So happy to hear that, Laurel! Your substitutions sound delicious but I love all the fresh veggies you served it with.

  2. Can’t wait to make this Cheesy Hot Crab Dip for a pre-Christmas dinner party in three days. Can this recipe be prepared in advance and refrigerated until ready to cook?

  3. I have made this recipe probably at least 15 times. I cut the recipe in half, using a can of crab meat. It makes two servings that I bake in little appetizer casserole dishes. My adult son comes here on his dinner break, and he loves the recipe. He is very picky about his crab dip!5 stars

    1. It is a seasoning commonly used for seafood that is made with celery salt, a variety of pepper and paprika to name a few seasonings. You can find it in the spice aisle. Where I live it is in a little yellow can. I hope this helps Marie!