Crab Fondue

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Tasty hot crab dip appetizer with lump crab meat, cream cheese, mayo, and seasonings.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

My friend and neighbor Molly passed along her mother’s recipe for crab fondue the other day. It’s a tradition in her family to prepare this hot crab dip while everyone is gathered for the holidays.

Garrett and I whipped up a batch recently, adding wine, onion greens, and more spice to the original recipe.

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As Molly says, it’s “totally addictive”! Good for gatherings on cold winter days.

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Crab Fondue Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 8

We also peeled and chopped up bosc pears to use for dipping in this recipe. If you are avoiding wine, just use water to get to desired consistency.


  • 18 ounces (3 6-oz packages) cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon mustard (yellow or Dijon)
  • 2 Tbsp powdered sugar (or 1 Tbsp cornstarch if you want to skip the sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons (or more to taste) Old Bay seasoning (or paprika with a little ground ginger and cayenne)
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup dry white wine or dry sherry (optional)
  • 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3/4 pound to 1 pound of lump crab meat, fresh or canned
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion greens, chives, or parsley
  • Day old French or Italian loaf bread (best not fresh or will fall apart when dipped), cubed into 1-inch cubes


1 Make fondue base: Slowly heat the cream cheese, mayonnaise, powdered sugar, garlic powder, Old Bay, lemon zest, and mustard in a double boiler until the cheese is completely melted.

(If you don't have a double boiler, fill a saucepan a third of the way with water and bring to a boil, place a metal bowl over the saucepan. This will work as a double boiler.)

2 Stir in the wine, lemon juice, crab, and onion greens: Slowly stir in the wine and lemon juice (adjust quantities to taste and desired consistency). Slowly stir in the crab meat and onion greens.

3 Transfer to chafing dish or fondue pot: To serve, transfer to a heated chafing dish or fondue pot to keep warm.

Serve with bread cubes and forks for dipping.

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Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. MJ

    Fantastic! Can leftovers be frozen?


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  2. Christina Bell

    I made the fondue for my husband and two guests. Unfortunetly, no one liked it, including me and we all love crab. thank for the idea though :)

  3. justme

    Yum! I added some leftover mascarpone to the cream cheese to make 18 ounces. I left the sugar/ cornstarch out. I used sherry and a bit more Old Bay. I also added some white pepper. Served with steamed asparagus and toasted ciabatta cubes. My husband is in heaven ;) Perfect night in! Thank you for another great recipe!

  4. Katie

    I just made this…OH MY!
    I keep telling myself “Katie..there are 3 packages of cream cheese, AND mayo in this..step away.” Of course it doesn’t work. AMAZING! I would make this again in a heart beat!


  5. Pam

    Does anyone remember the crab fondue that was served at the now defunct Rugby’s Restaurant chain? They served it with french bread and apple slices. I have searched the internet in vain unable to even find anything to do with Rugby’s. It’s like they never existed. I don’t know if they were a national chain or just here in Ohio. I’ve dreamt of enjoying their version for many years, so I’m hoping to find the recipe. Any help would be appreciated.

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