Crab Dip

Crab Dip Recipe

Crab dip always makes me think of summer – warm, breezy days sitting somewhere near water and enjoying a meal without a care in the world. When my Chief Culinary Consultant lived outside of Washington, D.C., we did a lot of eating out at restaurants when I would visit for the weekend. Crab dip was always one of our go-to appetizers, especially if it was during the spring or summer. If it was on the menu, there was a 99% chance we’d order it. Some of our favorite crab dips came from restaurants in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and in Annapolis. Unfortunately, I don’t find crab dip on menus nearly as often here in Pittsburgh as I did in the D.C. area, which means I had a kitchen project to tackle. It’s been a long time coming, but I finally put together a crab dip recipe to rival those that we would enjoy in Maryland-area restaurants.

Crab Dip Recipe

While the flavors and textures of the crap dips we enjoyed varied from restaurant to restaurant, there were quite a few similarities – plenty of crab, creamy, cheesy, with a pop of lemon flavor and a touch of spice. I blended together a lot of different flavors and textures to create this dip and was thrilled with the result. It reminded me of sitting outside, the warm sun on my face, enjoying a leisurely weekend lunch.

This is a fabulous appetizer for any summertime get-together; it will be devoured in no time. What foods remind you of carefree summer days?

Crab Dip Recipe

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Crab Dip

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

An easy recipe for Crab Dip - warm, cheesy, full of flavor and perfect for parties.

Ingredients:

For the Dip:
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 small red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
16 ounces lump crab meat (drained, if canned)
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup mayonnaise
4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (1 cup shredded)
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1½ teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
1 teaspoon hot sauce

For the Topping:
½ cup Panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 1½-quart casserole dish; set aside.

2. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add the red pepper and onion and cook until softened and all moisture has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Remove the mixture to a large bowl and allow to cool.

3. Add the rest of the dip ingredients to the bowl with the pepper mixture and gently stir together until combined, being careful not to smash the crab meat too much. Transfer the mixture to the prepared casserole dish.

4. With a fork, toss together the bread crumbs, Parmesan and melted butter and sprinkle evenly over the top of the dip.

5. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with baguette slices or your favorite tortilla or pita chips. Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

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44 Responses to “Crab Dip”

  1. Hari Chandana on May 21, 2013 at 12:15 am

    I just love your food photography.. beautiful captures as always :)

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  2. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on May 21, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Crab dip does the same for me- reminds me so much of summer. One of the great things about it..THAT and the amazing taste!

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  3. Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion on May 21, 2013 at 8:07 am

    YUMMMY!… I also think of crab dip in summer… sitting on the patio, sipping an ice cold beer and this as an appetizer!

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  4. Tieghan on May 21, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Mmm! I just made crab melts and they are very cheesy just like this!!

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  5. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on May 21, 2013 at 8:55 am

    I love crab dip! This recipe sounds amazing! My mouth is watering! :-)

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  6. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet on May 21, 2013 at 9:13 am

    This dip sounds absolutely amazing and looks great on the bread!!

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  7. Arthur in the Garden! on May 21, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Wonderful! Reminds me of growing up on the Coast of North Carolina!

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  8. Marcie @ flavor the moments on May 21, 2013 at 10:27 am

    I love cheesy crab dips. This looks phenomenal!

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  9. marie @ little kitchie on May 21, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I love, love, LOVE crab dip! I really can’t be trusted around it! This looks fabulous!

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  10. Candace Karu on May 21, 2013 at 10:59 am

    At our house, we often have “Dip for Dinner.” This looks perfect for the next time! Love the addition of Old Bay…my fave.

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  11. Fran@fransfavs.com on May 21, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Your crab dip looks and sounds insanely delicious! I am not too happy about that right now because I have a June wedding to attend and need to lose 5 lbs. before then or I won’t be able to fit into the dress I’ll be wearing! But there’ll be a lot of summer left after that…

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  12. Lisa Marshall on May 21, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    I will have to try this! looks delicious!

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  13. Tasha @ ThatsSoYummy on May 21, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    This looks delicious!

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  14. nessa on May 21, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    This looks really yummy!

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  15. Kristen Ann on May 21, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Wow! This recipe looks really good. My husband & I love crab. I am going to make this over the long 3 day weekend. Perfect! Then I plan to make it for a family get together next month where there will be a lot of crab lovers.

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  16. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts on May 21, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    So creamy – what a yummy dip!

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  17. Kari@Loaves n Dishes on May 21, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Crabby & creamy & crispy, what’s not to love!?!

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  18. snapdabble on May 21, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    this looks fabulous, except for the mayo. Can anything be substituted for that?

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    • Michelle on May 22nd, 2013 at 12:33 am

      You could try substituting sour cream or plain Greek yogurt. I haven’t tried either, so I’m not sure how the flavor would be affected, but you could certainly give it a go.

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      • snapdabble on May 22nd, 2013 at 9:23 am

        thanks! I was thinkin greek yogurt but had never done that before. I’m going to give it a whirl!

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  19. Tina on May 22, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Can I use another seasoning if I dont have Old Bay Seasoning?

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  20. Barb on May 22, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Leave out the panko and you have an atkins approved low carb dip! Just serve with zucchini rounds.

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  21. Kelsey on May 22, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Sounds yummy! Can it be made ahead of time, refrigerated overnight and then topping added and baked before immediately before serving?

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    • Michelle on May 23rd, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      Hi Kelsey, Definitely, just make sure the crab is completely drained and dry so it doesn’t make the mixture watery as it sits overnight.

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      • Kelsey on May 24th, 2013 at 12:14 pm

        Thanks! I love your blog, thanks for sharing all your wonderful recipes :)

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  22. BarbE on May 24, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Made this the other day & it was soooo good! Tasted great the next day too. Thanks again for another great one. Your recipes never fail me :)

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  23. Reuben Barnett on May 30, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Fritos with crab dip? Not a combination I’d usually put together. It’s sort of like spray cheese on stone ground wheat crackers.

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  24. Patty on June 12, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    This was excellent!!! I made it the night before and then added the bread crumbs and baked it at serving time. Didn’t change any ingredient amounts even though I was nervous about the hot sauce :D Thanks again!

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  25. Kelsey on July 12, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Making this for a bbq tomorrow… If I double it and put it in a 9×13 baking dish what would you suggest the bake time? Thanks!

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    • Michelle on July 14th, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      Hi Kelsey, I have not tried that so I can’t say for sure, but not too much longer, maybe 25 to 30 minutes.

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  26. Jocelyn on July 27, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Thank you for this delicious recipe! I put some of the leftovers into an omelette for my son, and he loved it! Of note, I used imitation crab, and it was just fine for our taste.

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  27. Jen on August 6, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Delicious! Just the recipe for leftover blue crab. I added Old Bay to the dip and topping because it didn’t smell seasoned enough before I added it to the baking dish.

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  28. ReneeVK on August 13, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Can you tell me what kind of crab you use? I’ve tried some and they can be very salty.

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    • Michelle on August 19th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      Hi Renee, I think the brand was Great Blue.

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  29. Rona on September 2, 2013 at 7:00 am

    My crab dip recipe has four ingredients and taste great so this one must taste fabulous, I’ll be trying it our for sure!

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  30. Roxanne on September 9, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    From one Pittsburgh girl to another… I am a lover of anything crab, or actually from the sea. Being from the Jersey shore originally, I am always craving seafood… this one sounds yummy

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  31. R honda on October 6, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Is that red bell pepper or red pepper? I am so making this dip. I have looked for months to find a crab dip recipe that sounded good and I think this is it!

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    • Michelle on October 6th, 2013 at 8:32 pm

      Hi Rhonda, Red bell pepper. So sorry for the confusion, I will fix that!

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  32. Cheryl Schultz on January 30, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Can the crab dip be prepared as directed but placed in individual miniature wonton cups, sprinkle with the topping, and baked about 10 minutes?

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    • Michelle on January 30th, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      Hi Cheryl, I haven’t tried this, so I’m not sure how it would work, but it sounds like a fun idea. Please stop back and let me know how they turned out!

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  33. Amy on February 3, 2014 at 8:31 am

    I made this to take to a Super Bowl party last night and it was a big hit! I mistakenly bought claw meat instead of lump meat and it was delicious. I think next time I will try it with greek yogurt instead of mayo just to see what it does to the taste… The host of the party said it may just well be the best crab dip she’s ever had!

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  34. Mel on November 10, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Can you substitute the yellow onion for maybe like a 1/2 cup of scallions (Green onions)?

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    • Michelle on November 11th, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      Hi Mel, Sure! That sounds delish :)

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