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

Crab Dip

An easy recipe for crab dip - warm, cheesy, full of flavor, and perfect for parties.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep 25 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 45 minutes
Servings 6 to 8 servings
Calories 469 kcal
Author Michelle


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
  • 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
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  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 Facts
Crab Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 469 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 89mg30%
Sodium 984mg43%
Potassium 287mg8%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 1195IU24%
Vitamin C 28.2mg34%
Calcium 230mg23%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.