The Best Easy Crab Dip

This is the BEST easy crab dip – full of flavor and perfect for summer parties. It always reminds me of visiting Maryland and sitting at a restaurant outside on the water. Dig in with your favorite chips or serve on baguettes!

Crab Dip - Grab a tortilla chip and take a big ol' scoop!

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 husband lived outside of Washington, D.C., we ate at a lot of 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, you don’t find crab dip on menus nearly as often here in Pittsburgh as in the D.C. area, which means I had a kitchen project to tackle. It took a little while, but a few years ago I finally put together a crab dip recipe to rival those that we would enjoy in Maryland-area restaurants.

Crab Dip - Super easy and the best summer dip!

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 (sidebar: with two little ones around, that seriously feels like an entire lifetime ago! I no longer have any idea what a “leisurely” weekend lunch is, ha!)

This is a fabulous appetizer for any summertime get-together; it will be devoured in no time.

Crab Dip is so full of flavor and the perfect summer appetizer.

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Crab Dip

Servings 6 to 8 servings
Prep 25 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 45 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Michelle
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
  • 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
  • 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.

Recipe Notes:

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition:

Calories: 469kcal
Fat: 40g
Saturated fat: 14g
Cholesterol: 89mg
Sodium: 984mg
Potassium: 287mg
Carbohydrates: 8g
Sugar: 3g
Protein: 18g
Vitamin A: 1195%
Vitamin C: 28.2%
Calcium: 230%
Iron: 1.4%

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This recipe was originally published on May 21, 2003.