Hot Crab Dip

Saturday, October 31, 2015
Hot Crab Dip is an easy to make hors-d'oeuvre perfect for easy holiday entertaining. Filled with crab is a creamy, cheesy, herb base.

Hot Crab Dip is perfect for easy entertaining. With the first of November already upon us we are gathering recipes this week for Easy Holiday Entertaining with Sunday Supper! 

I don't know about you but I am always looking for ways to make things a little bit easier during the holidays.

I usually add Hot Crab Dip to our hors-d'oeuvre list since it's not only easy to make but can be assembled the night before, refrigerated and then baked right before serving. The less things to worry about once company arrives the better in my book.

Plus Hot Crab Dip is one of those special things we consider a treat reserved for special occasions making it perfect for your holiday entertaining whether it's Thanksgiving, Christmas or even New Years, it's sure to impress your company.

I also may have a serious crab addiction so the more excuses to enjoy crab the better! I highly recommend Dungeness crab for it's delicious flavor for this recipe, King crab will do to but I would avoid canned crab since the flavor just isn't the same as fresh or frozen.


In a small sauté pan heat 2 teaspoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil and 2 tablespoons Minced Shallots over medium-high heat.

Cook until shallots are softened and lightly brown.

Remove from heat and allow to cool until room temperature. 


Mix together:
  • Sautéed shallots
  • 8 ounces Room Temperature Cream Cheese
  • 1/3 cup Mayonnaise, 1/3 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/3 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Minced Fresh Chives
  • 1 tablespoon Minced Fresh Dill
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon- 1 teaspoon Hot Sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
Until smooth and well combined.


Fold in 1 pound of Shelled Lump Crab Meat into cream cheese mixture.

1 Pound of lump crab meat is about 2 whole Dungeness crabs.


Butter a 1 to 1-1/4 quart oven safe baking dish and spread crab dip evenly in pan.


Sprinkle another 1/3 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese evenly over the top.

Hot Crab Dip is the perfect appetizer for your next party!

Bake in a 425 degree oven for 20-30 minutes until top is lightly brown and bubbly.

Garnish Hot Crab Dip with additional Chopped Chives and Chopped Dill if desired.

Hot Crab Dip is the perfect appetizer for your next party!

Serve hot with Toasted Baguette Slices or Crackers and Lemon Wedges.

A few other family favorite dip recipes you might like are:

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Hot Crab Dip

Hot Crab Dip is easy to make with plenty of crab in a creamy, cheesy, herb base and perfect for holiday entertaining from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
4.8 out of 5 based on 31 ratings
prep time: 15 minscook time: 30 minstotal time: 45 mins


  • 2 teaspoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Shallots, Minced
  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese, Room Temperature
  • 1/3 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese, Freshly Grated
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Chives, Finely Minced
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Dill, Finely Minced
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Hot Sauce Or More To Taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 pound Shelled Lump Crab Meat, I prefer Dungeness (Cooked)
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese, Freshly Grated (For Top)
  • Additional Minced Fresh Chives and Fresh Dill To Garnish
  • For Serving: Toasted Baguette Slices, Crackers and Lemon Wedges


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Butter a 1 to 1-1/4 quart oven safe baking dish and set aside.
  2. Beat together sautéed shallots, cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, chives, dill, lemon juice, hot sauce, and salt until well combined and creamy. Fold in crab meat.
  3. Spread crab mixture evenly into prepared baking dish and sprinkle with remaining 1/3 cup parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake for 20-30 minutes until lightly brown on top and bubbly.
  5. Garnish with additional chives and dill if desired.
  6. Serve with toasted baguette slices or crackers and lemon wedges.
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The BEST Hot Crab Dip in a creamy, cheesy, herb base with lots of crab! Perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years!


  1. Serena, this dip looks AMAZING! I cannot wait to serve it to my book club!!!

  2. L O V E crab dip. Thanks for sharing, this is going to be served at one of my holiday gatherings for sure.

  3. I love crab dip! Great post!

  4. Living in Maryland it's not a party without crab dip! You have a lot of additional flavors in yours, I can't wait to try this for our holiday party!

  5. Ready to go appetizers work for me! Thanks for a cool crab dip recipe!

  6. I'm bummed because I left out the onions!! It didn't say where to put them in and I didn't realize they were left out until I had put together the whole thing. Dang.

    1. I'm so sorry Judi! Thank you for letting me know so I could update the recipe.

  7. Made this tonight. It's delicious! Thanks so much for the recipe. I'll be making it again when we have company.

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the Crab Dip Debi!It's an honor to have you make the recipe! Thanks, Serena

    2. I'm so glad you enjoyed the Crab Dip Debi!It's an honor to have you make the recipe! Thanks, Serena

  8. Recipe looks delish. I am making it today. Do I buy raw or cooked crab?

  9. That is what I did Serena ... thank you. I brought it to my sisters and it was a hit.

  10. Can this be made ahead of time and baked when needed?

    1. Yes. I've assembled it the day before and then baked it the next day. It held up well. Thanks, Serena

  11. This looks AMAZING!! Have you ever had successful results using imitation crab meat? Just curious! :)

    1. I haven't tried it but I don't see why it wouldn't work.

  12. Leslie:
    I made this today. It was wonderful! A tasty and easy recipe is my favorite. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  13. I made this per the recipe. I did use lump crab meat because Dungeness was not available. It was very bland. I was very disappointed.

  14. Would blue crab work? I can't find Dungeness or king crab.

    1. Blue Crab will work. It will just have the flavor of the blue crab. It's been over 25 years since I've had blue crab so I can't quite remember the taste difference. I hope that helps, Serena

  15. Finding fresh crab in rural Maine is a challenge. I tried making this with canned crab and it was very fishy. Is there a way to make this using shrimp? Thanks!

    1. Shrimp should work. I've made it very similar using bay shrimp with artichoke hearts and it is another favorite.

  16. Where do you buy crab meat, I would love to make this dip for my birthday this weekend.

    1. In the fresh seafood area of your local grocery store. Thanks, Serena


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