Cheesy Hot Crab Dip

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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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5 from 18 votes
Review Recipe

Cheesy Hot Crab Dip

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


  • 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

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  • 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.

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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Crab Dip with crostini and ingredients for crab dip
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  1. 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?

  2. 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!