Hot Crab Dip

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Hot crab dip recipe with cream cheese and mayo base, lump crab meat, green onions, parsley, horseradish, slivered almonds, and Tabasco.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

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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  • Jenny

    I omitted the almonds and added some artichoke. This was very tasty and easy to make. Another great recipe from this site!

  • 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!

  • Pam

    This is the recipe I make. It is exceptionally tasty.
    Chafing Dish Crab

    3 cans Alaska king crab
    2 T. powdered sugar
    Dash garlic salt
    2 t. prepared mustard
    3 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
    1/2 C. mayonnaise
    1 T. onion juice
    1/2 C. sauterne wine
    Dash seasoned salt
    Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce to taste

    1. Melt cream cheese in a double boiler and add all other ingredients.
    2. Pour into a chafing dish and serve warm with assorted crackers for dipping.

  • Elke

    I just made this crab dip minus the horseradish. It was quite good, but I would leave out the almonds next time I make it. My husband rates it a 6 out of 10.

  • Cheryl

    I tried this today, just swapping the almonds with shredded cheese. It was wonderful. I also sprinkled a bit of paprika over the top. Thanks for a great dreary day, kinda romantic snack. :-)

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