Hot Crab Dip

ndulge in the creamy goodness of Hot Crab Dip, a delectable appetizer featuring lump crab meat, cheeses, and a touch of spice. Perfect for any occasion, this dish pairs beautifully with tortilla chips or crostini, offering a savory blend of flavors that will delight your taste buds.


  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound lump crab meat
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (for topping)
  • 1 tablespoon sliced green onions


  1. Preheat the Oven
    Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Combine Creamy Ingredients
    In a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, and sour cream until smooth and well combined.
  3. Add Cheeses and Seasonings
    Stir in the Parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, lemon juice, hot sauce, salt, and black pepper until evenly incorporated.
  4. Fold in Crab Meat
    Gently fold in the lump crab meat, being careful not to break up the crab too much.
  5. Transfer to Baking Dish
    Transfer the mixture to a 1-quart baking dish, spreading it out evenly.
  6. Top with Parmesan
    Sprinkle the top with the remaining shredded Parmesan cheese.
  7. Bake the Dip
    Bake in the preheated oven for 25-35 minutes, or until the dip is bubbly and heated through.
  8. Garnish and Serve
    Remove from the oven and sprinkle with sliced green onions for garnish. Serve hot with tortilla chips or crostini for dipping.

Serving and Storage Tips:

Serving Tips:

  1. Serve Hot
    This dip is best served hot and bubbly straight from the oven. Place it on a heat-resistant trivet to protect your table or countertop.
  2. Accompaniments
    Pair the dip with a variety of dippers like tortilla chips, crostini, sliced baguette, or even fresh vegetables like celery sticks and bell pepper slices.
  3. Garnish
    Garnish with additional sliced green onions, fresh parsley, or a sprinkle of paprika for a pop of color and added flavor.
  4. Keep Warm
    If serving at a party, keep the dip warm using a small slow cooker or a warming tray to ensure it stays creamy and delicious throughout the event.

Storage Tips:

  1. Cool Before Storing
    Allow the dip to cool to room temperature before transferring it to storage containers.
  2. Refrigerate
    Store the leftover dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  3. Reheat Properly
    Reheat the dip in the oven at 350°F (175°C) until warmed through, about 15-20 minutes. Alternatively, you can microwave it in short intervals, stirring occasionally, until heated.
  4. Freezing
    For longer storage, you can freeze the dip. Place the cooled dip in a freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag. Label with the date and contents. It can be frozen for up to 2 months.
  5. Thawing
    Thaw the frozen dip in the refrigerator overnight before reheating. Avoid reheating from frozen to ensure even warming.

By following these serving and storage tips, you can enjoy your Hot Crab Dip at its best, whether fresh from the oven or as tasty leftovers.


Spicy Hot Crab Dip

  • Extra Heat: Add more hot sauce or include finely chopped jalapeños or a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  • Pepper Jack Cheese: Substitute cheddar cheese with pepper jack cheese for an extra kick.

Cheesy Hot Crab Dip

  • Extra Cheese: Add an additional 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella or gouda for an even creamier and cheesier dip.
  • Cream Cheese Blend: Use a blend of cream cheese and mascarpone for a richer texture.

Garlic and Herb Crab Dip

  • Garlic Flavor: Add 2-3 minced garlic cloves or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder.
  • Fresh Herbs: Mix in fresh herbs like chopped dill, parsley, or chives for added freshness and flavor.

Bacon Crab Dip

  • Crispy Bacon: Stir in 1/2 cup of cooked, crumbled bacon for a smoky and savory twist.
  • Bacon Topping: Sprinkle additional bacon on top before baking for a crunchy finish.

Artichoke and Crab Dip

  • Artichoke Hearts: Add a 14 oz can of artichoke hearts, drained and chopped, to the mixture for a deliciously unique flavor.
  • Spinach Option: Include 1 cup of thawed, drained, and chopped frozen spinach for a spinach artichoke crab dip.

Lemon and Herb Crab Dip

  • Extra Lemon: Increase the lemon juice to 2 tablespoons for a zesty and refreshing flavor.
  • Fresh Herbs: Add a tablespoon each of fresh dill and tarragon to complement the lemon and crab.

Southwestern Crab Dip

  • Southwestern Flavors: Mix in 1/2 cup of diced green chilies, 1 teaspoon cumin, and 1 teaspoon chili powder.
  • Corn and Beans: Add 1/2 cup of drained corn and 1/2 cup of black beans for added texture and flavor.

Healthy Crab Dip

  • Greek Yogurt: Replace sour cream with Greek yogurt for a lighter, protein-packed dip.
  • Low-Fat Cheese: Use reduced-fat cream cheese and low-fat shredded cheese to cut down on calories and fat.

Crab Rangoon Dip

  • Rangoon Inspired: Mix in 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions and 1/4 cup chopped water chestnuts for a crunch.
  • Wonton Chips: Serve with baked wonton chips for a classic crab rangoon experience.

Mediterranean Crab Dip

  • Mediterranean Flavors: Add 1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes and 1/4 cup chopped kalamata olives.
  • Feta Cheese: Substitute half of the Parmesan cheese with crumbled feta cheese for a tangy twist.

These variations allow you to customize the Hot Crab Dip to suit different tastes and occasions, ensuring a crowd-pleasing appetizer every time.


1. Can I use imitation crab meat instead of lump crab meat?

Yes, you can use imitation crab meat as a more affordable option. However, keep in mind that the flavor and texture will be slightly different from using real lump crab meat.

2. Can I make this dip ahead of time?

Absolutely! You can prepare the dip up to a day in advance. Just cover it tightly and store it in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, bake it as directed, adding a few extra minutes to ensure it’s heated through.

3. Can I serve this dip cold?

Hot Crab Dip is best enjoyed warm, but you can serve it cold if you prefer. Just ensure all ingredients are well mixed and chilled before serving.

4. What type of crab meat is best for this recipe?

Lump crab meat is ideal for this recipe due to its sweet flavor and large, firm pieces. However, you can also use backfin or claw meat if lump crab meat is not available.

5. How can I make this dip gluten-free?

This dip is naturally gluten-free as long as all the ingredients used (such as mayonnaise and hot sauce) are gluten-free. Always check labels to be sure.

6. Can I cook this dip in a slow cooker?

Yes, you can prepare Hot Crab Dip in a slow cooker. Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on low for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally, until the dip is hot and bubbly.

7. What can I use instead of mayonnaise?

If you prefer not to use mayonnaise, you can substitute it with an equal amount of Greek yogurt or an additional amount of sour cream.

8. Can I add other seafood to this dip?

Yes, you can add other seafood like shrimp or lobster. Make sure to chop it into bite-sized pieces and fold it in gently with the crab meat.

9. How do I store and reheat leftovers?

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for 15-20 minutes or in the microwave in short intervals, stirring occasionally, until heated through.

10. Can I freeze Hot Crab Dip?

Yes, you can freeze the dip. Allow it to cool completely, then transfer it to a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating in the oven.

Hot Crab Dip is a delightful and indulgent appetizer that combines creamy cheeses, flavorful crab meat, and a hint of spice for a perfect party treat. Whether served with tortilla chips, crostini, or fresh veggies, this dish is sure to impress guests with its rich flavors and creamy texture. Easy to prepare and versatile with various customization options, Hot Crab Dip is a must-have for any gathering or special occasion.