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 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.

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

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.  It’s 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. Now, go put on your lipstick and let’s get this party season started!

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

The Very Best Hot Crab Dip

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Total Time 30 mins
Serves 12 servings


  • 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


  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.
  6. Serve hot with crackers, crostini or vegetables.

Recipe Notes

4.5 rating
2 reviews
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31 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?

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