The Very Best Cold Crab Dip Recipe

Quick and easy Cold Crab Dip recipe is a cinch to make in under 10 minutes. No cooking required makes this the perfect party appetizer for every occasion. So good, in fact, it will vanish quicker than it did to make it!

Crab dip in a crab bowl with crackers.

It’s still summer, people. You can still pick peaches in the same orchard people are picking their apples….and sipping their pumpkin spice lattes….while it’s a swampy 89 degrees outside. And they’re wearing boots and flannel. Let’s just hold up for a moment! Because I still have summer recipes, like Cold Crab Dip, I want to share with you.

And, oh HEY, summer isn’t over until next week. Why are we rushing it when everyone was boo-hoo’ing right before Labor Day happened? Yes, the kids are back in school but the pool is still open….the ocean is still warm and we, parents, can call in sick for some much needed quite time sitting by the pool (or the lake or just on the sofa). The Best Crab Dip in one hand…..Frozen Prosecco in the other. Who’s with me?

Plus, we have a boatload of parties on the horizon for the next few months…Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s…just to name a few and a quick and easy crab dip recipe is so handy to have in your back pocket for last minute soirees. 

This Cold Crab Dip recipe is very similar to my cheesy Hot Crab Dip recipe that is super popular. It’s creamy and light with tons of lump crab in it. It’s one of my favorite dip recipes ever because it’s so simple to make in just a matter of minutes.

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HOW TO MAKE CRAB DIP

This easy Crab Dip with cream cheese is super simple to whip up in minutes and uses ingredients you can easily find at any grocery store. Be sure to use Jumbo Lump Crab Meat or Lump Crab meat for best results.

  1. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream with a hand mixer until smooth.
  2. Stir in the pepper jack, cheddar, onion, garlic, Worcestershire, Tabasco, lemon juice, salt and pepper until thoroughly combined.
  3. Fold in the crab and transfer to a serving dish.
  4. Serve with crackers, veggies or your favorite parmesan crisps!

You can easily turn this into a Baked Crab Dip by transferring it to a baking dish and popping it in a 325 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.

Cold Crab Dip with a spreader in it.

INGREDIENTS FOR COLD CRAB DIP

The shopping list for the best crab dip recipe is pretty simple and I’m willing to bet you have most of the ingredients in your kitchen already.

To make cold crab dip, you will need:

  • Cream Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Mayonnaise
  • Pepper Jack Cheese
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Finely Minced Onion
  • Garlic
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Tabasco (or other hot sauce)
  • Lemon Juice
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Jumbo Lump Crab Meat

If you want to add some crunch, you can fold in some finely chopped celery or carrot, too. But it’s totally not necessary. You can also make this crab dip without cream cheese but the consistency will be a little smoother and less firm, more like a sour cream dip. Simply double the amount of sour cream and mayonnaise while omitting the cream cheese.

Cold Crab dip on a cracker with a spreader next to it on a wooden board.

HOW LONG WILL CRAB DIP LAST

You can safely store Cold Crab Dip in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days. I love to make this dip in advance because I feel like it tastes even better the next day and how awesome is it to have one dish already to go for your party! 

I do not recommend freezing crab dip because the cheese could turn grainy and separate while thawing.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH CRAB DIP

We like to serve our Cold Crab Dip with a variety of crackers or crudite (vegetables) but you could also serve it alongside a big loaf of Brioche cut into chunks. Toasted Crostini works well and so do these easy Parmesan Crisps for a low carb, gluten free option.

Another option, is to serve your cold crab dip with cocktail sauce to spread on crackers with a kick.

Crab dip in a bowl shaped like a white crab.

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.

So, now you can have one of the best party appetizers ever that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.  This is by far the BEST Crab Dip Recipe ever….other than my Hot Crab Dip but either way, this dip is sure to vanish as soon as you put it down on the appetizer table.

Cold crab dip on a butter cracker.

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Crab dip in a crab bowl with crackers.

The Very Best Cold Crab Dip Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 15
Calories: 171 kcal
Author: Kellie

Super easy Cold Crab Dip recipe that's ready in minutes with no cooking required.

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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream with a hand mixer until smooth.
  2. Stir in the pepper jack, cheddar, onion, garlic, worcestershire, Tabasco, lemon juice, salt and pepper until thoroughly combined.
  3. Fold in the crab and transfer to a small serving dish.

  4. Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour or overnight. Serve with crackers or crisp fresh vegetables for dipping.

Recipe Notes

Cold Crab Dip can be made up for 5 days in advance. Some separation may occur so give it a good stir before serving. 

For garnish, sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley and lemon zest for freshness!

Nutrition Facts
The Very Best Cold Crab Dip Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 171 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 527mg23%
Potassium 114mg3%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 368IU7%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 145mg15%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 comments on “The Very Best Cold Crab Dip Recipe”

  1. I love crab and I will definitely try this recipe! Love the crab bowl where did you find it?

  2. Would you please tell me where or what brand of crabmeat you use?  It doesn’t come into season for awhile!

    • I like to use the lump crab from the refrigerated seafood section….not the shelf stable crab meat. Phillips Seafood is the one I use here because it’s readily available but as long as it’s the refrigerated crab meat it should be great.

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