The Very Best Hot Crab Dip // Video

Creamy, cheesy and perfect for parties, this is the BEST Hot Crab Dip recipe around. So easy to make with just a few simple ingredients, a hint of heat and big meaty chunks of crab. Your cracker may just not be enough, you’ll need a shovel for this one.

Super easy to make and perfect for any party, this is the BEST Hot Crab Dip recipe ever. |

My mom used to have a lot of parties when I was little….at least that’s what I remember.  Tupperware, Home Interiors, Princess House…..AVON. Who remembers Avon?  And those little lipstick samples.

Those tiny little tubes of glamorous heaven, at least to me.  I loved to steal the samples and stash them away in my room, then try everything on and attempt to sneak out of the house looking as if I was getting ready to go clubbing. But I was going to school. Elementary school.

Not quite the right environment for DIY makeup experiments when you’re 10 years old. But other than the Avon samples, I always loved the little appetizers my mom would serve….like melty cheesy dips and chips. She used to serve a crab dip quite often and I loved when she served it hot.

That ooey gooey, cheese with hunks of crab perched on a cracker was almost better than those little tubes of lipstick.

Super easy to make and perfect for any party, this is the BEST Hot Crab Dip recipe ever. |

I never got my hands on the exact crab dip recipe since my mom is no longer friends with the shellfish….so I came up with my own and I have to say…it is the Very BEST Hot Crab Dip in the world. Creamy, cheesy and slightly spicy from a bit of Tabasco sauce.

Ok, maybe a lot of Tabasco but it pairs perfectly with the whole deal. I added a bit of Pepper Jack cheese to the mix to up the heat just a bit but don’t worry, it’s not fire in your mouth spicy.

It’s just lends a bit of pep to the dip that is a welcome addition when you pop it in your mouth….making it the BEST Crab Dip…if you didn’t get that by the title.

Super easy to make and perfect for any party, this is the BEST Hot Crab Dip recipe ever. |

How do you make easy Hot Crab Dip?

The Very Best Hot Crab Dip couldn’t be simpler to make, you’ll mix everything up in a bowl then spread it in a baking dish. Pop it in the oven for 20 minutes until melty and bubbling then serve hot.

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream with a hand mixer until smooth.
  3. Stir in the pepper jack, cheddar, onion, garlic, worcestershire, Tabasco, lemon juice, salt and pepper until thoroughly combined.
  4. Fold in the crab and transfer to a small baking dish.
  5. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and bubbling.
Baked crab dip is great at room temperature too but trust me when I say…there won’t be anything left by the time it gets to room temperature. It’s the perfect addition to all your holiday parties and would be just heavenly alongside these stuffed mushrooms or these pigs in a blanket.  And don’t forget the deviled eggs…they belong at every single gathering.

What is Jumbo Lump Crab Meat?

Jumbo Lump Crab Meat is like a gift from the heavens. It comes from the Blue Crab and consists of whole lumps of white meat from the body of the crab with no cartilage or shell. This is a premium quality crabmeat with a premium price tag because of the labor involved in obtaining the meat.

What can you replace the Jumbo Lump Crab with in this recipe?

It’s my recommendation to not replace the Jumbo Lump Crab in this recipe BUT if you’re trying to keep costs in check you can certainly use Backfin Crab meat in this recipe without compromising the flavor too much. Backfin crabmeat consists of some lump crab and broken pieces of body meat.

What are the other ingredients in Hot Crab Dip?

There are so many recipes out there for Hot Crab Dip but I like to keep it pretty simple to let the flavors of the crab and cheese really shine. This easy crab dip recipe contains:

  • jumbo lump crabmeat
  • sour cream
  • cream cheese
  • onion
  • mayonnaise
  • pepper jack cheese
  • cheddar cheese
  • garlic
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • hot sauce
  • lemon
  • cream cheese
  • Old Bay, optional (lots of readers say they add it with great results!)

It’s almost the exact same dip as this Cold Crab Dip….but it’s baked into a cheesy bowl of heaven.

Super easy to make and perfect for any party, this is the BEST Hot Crab Dip recipe ever. |

How do you make Hot Crab Dip ahead of time?

You can certainly save some time in the kitchen the day of your party by making this baked crab dip in advance.

  • Simply assemble all the ingredients and mix together.
  • Spread in the baking dish you plan to serve it in.
  • Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to bake.
  • Remove the plastic wrap and bake the crab dip right before serving.

Looking for even more easy dip recipes?  Try these party favorites:

The Very Best Hot Crab Dip

Creamy, cheesy crab dip that's perfect for parties....easy to make and prep ahead!
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8 -10 servings
Calories 320 kcal


  • 8 ounce cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup grated pepper jack cheese
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce or other hot sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound jumbo lump crab picked over for shells


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream with a hand mixer until smooth.
  • Stir in the pepper jack, cheddar, onion, garlic, worcestershire, Tabasco, lemon juice, salt and pepper until thoroughly combined.
  • Fold in the crab and transfer to a small baking dish.
  • Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and bubbling.
  • Serve hot with crackers, crostini or vegetables.



This dip can be assembled in advanced and store in the refrigerator covered with foil until ready to bake.
Jumbo lump crab is a little on the pricier side but it does go far in this recipe and tastes amazing. If you're looking for a less spendy alternative you can use backfin but be sure to drain thoroughly before adding to the other ingredients to keep the dip from acquiring an overly "crabby" taste.


Serving: 10gCalories: 320kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 19gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 988mgPotassium: 214mgFiber: 0gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 690IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 271mgIron: 0.8mg
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55 comments on “The Very Best Hot Crab Dip // Video”

  1. Can you use premium crab claw meat?

  2. What about imitation crab meat shredded?

    • I haven’t tried it but would recommend against it. That’s just my opinion. You could use less expensive backfin or claw meat if you’d like.

    • I just made this using imitation crab meat and it was delicious! I didn’t shred the crab meat but just cut it up in large chunks. I used my kitchen aid mixer to mix everything up and where it says to fold in the crab meat, I just added it into my mixer and gave it a quick mix, just enough to break up the crab meat a little more and have it combined thoroughly with the rest of the ingredients.

      I brought this dish to a pot luck and it was totally devoured to rave reviews! Delicious!

      Thank you Kellie!

      • I’m so glad you tried it with the imitation crab meat. I’ve been getting a lot of emails asking if that would work. I appreciate you leaving a comment with your experience!

  3. Yummie! Sounds so good. I must try it. Can Old Bay Seasoning be substituted for salt?

  4. This is one of the best hot crab dips I have ever had…LOVE it!!

  5. I’m thinking of making this the night before & keeping it heated in a crock pot the day of?

  6. Can you make ahead and bake later

  7. This crab meat dip looks amazing!!

  8. This is so good! I halved it which made plenty as an appetizer for I would say 4-6 people. My husband requested hit crab dip after getting an incredible batch of it at an oceanfront restaurant, so I really wanted to match or top that recipe and I think this definitely nailed it! For the onions I did a mix of yellow and green onions minced, and then I added old bay and maybe 1/2 tbsp butter. Thank you for this recipe!!

  9. We made this tonight as the appetizer for our annual seafood boil. It was perfect! Non left over. loved the spice to it. We live in New Mexico and might add green chili next year, just because. But it is perfect per the recipe. Very cheesy creamy and great crab flavor. Thanks for sharing, we will make this again.

    Oh – it was gluten free! Our friend and my sone with celiac ate it with gluten free crackers and did great.

  10. Can you use canned crab meat?

  11. Great pictures. Drooling. I’m adding this post to my Cheesy Holiday Appetizers Round Up over at I’ll be sure to link back to the post when it goes out!


  12. Mouth-watering pictures! A must try for sure. I linked here on my recent post over and Hampers & Hiccups. Find the link below.

  13. How far ahead can you mix ingredients?

  14. What size baking dish?

  15. This is crack plain n simple my family freaks for this recipe, I can’t stop eating it or making it …….   sonofabitch this stuff is off the freaking charts !!!!!!! B

  16. Can you freeze half?

  17. This is sure to be a party favorite! Love that it can be prepped ahead and then tossed in the oven before party time!

  18. My kids and I LOVE crab dip. Cannot wait to surprise them with this for our next game day!

  19. Absolutely divine ! Being a Maryland native , I had to add Old Bay seasoning . When using this , do not add additional salt . I took this to a pot luck , and people went crazy ! I made new friends because of this dip !! Lol !

  20. I live in Lafayette, Louisiana, Cajun Country, not far from Avery Island, home of the Tabasco plant. Rather than Old Bay I am going to sprinkle in a little Tony’s Seasoning for a Cajun, Creole twist. I will let y’all know how it turns out. Thank you Kellie for sharing your recipe and Merry Christmas to all!

  21. This dip is fantastic! I have made it a few times and we love it! I mix everything but the crab in my food processor and then fold in the crab. Fast and easy! Our family has the tradition of eating fun and fancy snacks on Christmas day so this is one of those things that can be made in advance! Something else I have been doing is putting dip like this in a large ramekin so to cook in smaller batches. This way if we need another dish it heats up quickly, if we do not need another dish, it is available for another day. I do not like keeping dip after heating and sitting out for a while. This recipe fills three large ramekins! Enjoy and thank you for this recipe!!! 🙂

  22. Made this tonight and it’s AMAZING!!!! The only thing I added was a dash of old bay cause I like spice. My husband can’t stop eating it! Thanks so much for a great recipe!

  23. Making this for our Super Bowl party. I’m so excited to try it!  I LOVE blue crab and have only had a few that were to die for, but didn’t get the recipes. I’m hoping this is it. It sure does sound like it! I’m torn on whether to add old bay…if so, how much? And would this replace the tabasco sauce?

  24. Can shrimp be used instead?

  25. Love it, have made it myself when I lived in the states. Have now moved back to Sweden and miss it and all the other fantastic food I learned to cook when I lived there!! It’s also good to roll it into lettuce, long slices of European cucumber or celery. And some people are a bit hesitant to the mayonnaise, that you can substitute. Just add an egg but then you should probably cook it after adding all the ingredients together.
    I love the spices you added in yours!! ❤️
    Thank you so much for sharing..

    • Thank you so much for commenting! Yes, the egg would definitely need to be cooked but that’s what makes this dip even better…the fact that it’s hot, melty and cheesy! Enjoy Sweden!

  26. Do you use aluminum foil to cover the dish before baking or not?

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