Hot Crab Dip

Winter. Dungeness crab season. Super Bowl.

Need I say more?

It’s been raining and in the 40s for the last month now (okay, no need to tell me that I’m a California wimp, I know it’s probably worse where you are, heck, dad is from Minnesota, he knows) and any excuse to make something hot and cheerful in the oven is welcome. Here’s a quick, easy, and delicious, piping hot crab dip, perfect for a winter gathering. The base is cream cheese, mayo and crab. We’ve dressed ours up with green onions, parsley, horseradish, slivered almonds and Tabasco. The proportions are guidelines, really this is to taste.

Do you have a favorite hot crab dip? If so, what’s in it and what do you serve it with?

Hot Crab Dip Recipe



  • 1 8-ounce package of cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 2 green onions, sliced, greens included
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley, or 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 Tbsp horseradish
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Tabasco or more to taste
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup of fresh lump crab meat (or a can of crab meat)


1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice, water, onions, and parsley until smooth. Mix in the Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, and horseradish. Fold in the slivered almonds and lump crab meat. Place in an oven-proof casserole serving dish.

2 Bake until bubbly and heated through, about 20 minutes. Serve with crackers or thinly sliced baguette.

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  • Zarah

    Mmmmm. In my family, we make something very similar. Minus the parsley, horseradish, and almonds, and add 2 cups of shredded swiss cheese and a couple of teaspoons (or more if you love it) of curry powder. We tend to use Krab rather than the real thing (due to the cost) but I bet it’s even better with the real stuff.

  • Brenda

    Yum…reminded me it’s been a while since I’ve made crab dip! Mine is so similar, minus the horseradish and almonds, and add in some parmesan and artichokes. Or skip the artichokes and add extra crab and a bit more hot sauce. This sounds like dinner tomorrow. (OK, I fully admit to making appetizers for dinner from time to time.)

  • Lisa

    My crab dip has a similar base, minus the almonds. Being from coastal VA, we use blue crab and Old Bay…. the MD/VA standard!

  • Robert

    I’ll be trying this tomorrow. I’m going to visit my sister, who LOVES crab.

    Oh, and RIGHT ON for the Old Bay, Lisa. I put it on/in almost EVERYTHING! LoL

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