Old Bay Crab Dip with Cream Cheese

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5 from 8 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes

Old Bay Crab Dip with Cream Cheese is so good, you will want to have a party just so you have an excuse to make it. Seafood lovers and dip connoisseurs will both fall for this timeless and delicious dip.

Old Bay Crab Dip with Cream Cheese in pyrex.

When Old Bay Crab Dip with Cream Cheese is part of your entertaining menu, you know that the party will indeed be a success. Super easy to make and so tantalizing to eat, it is always a winner. Really, it is that good plus it has the benefit of being super simple to make.

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What We Love About This Warm Crab Dip Recipe

Crab dip just seems so fancy but honestly it is so quick and easy. It is perfect for any type of entertaining. Dinner for two or a huge family gathering, this is always popular.

  • 5 Minute Prep: Mix in minutes and then 30 minutes to bake.
  • Easy Ingredients: Six simple ingredients. Most are staples.
  • Party Friendly: Great for Christmas Parties, New Years Celebrations or Easter Dinner.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb, meat free, dairy free, etc…
A cracker with the crab dip on it.

Ingredient Notes

  • Cream Cheese: You can use a low fat version if you like.
  • Mayonnaise: A Keto version of mayo or a low fat version also works.
  • Old Bay seasoning: Make your own or use any seafood seasoning you enjoy.
  • Fresh Lump crab meat: Backfin crab meat, blue crabs meat or Lobster works great too.
Crab meat for the dip.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Cream Cheese Alternative – Greek Yogurt or hummus are both great. Sour cream gives a nice tang too.
  • Mayo – Avocado Mayo can work if you are keto or following a low carb diet.

How to Make Crab Dip with Cream Cheese

These are the basic steps for making easy crab dip with cream cheese. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information.

Combing all the ingredients for the dip.

STEP 1: PREP

First, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Second, mix cream cheese together with the other ingredients and fold in the cheese in a large bowl until well combined. Next, spread the mixture in a baking dish.

STEP 2: BAKE

Then bake in the oven for 30 minutes, until the dip is golden brown. Finally, garnish with chopped green onions before serving.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Again, crab Dip Comes together so quickly, you really do not have to make it in advance. However, if you know that you do not have time to spare you can make it up to 3 days ahead of time and bake it before serving.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store in an airtight container or covered medium bowl in the refrigerator for up to five days.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

You can place this dip in the freezer, however, freezing these products can change its texture. Thaw in the fridge overnight.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Leftovers can be reheated on the stove top in a sauce pan or in the microwave.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Maryland Crab Dip Recipe

HOW TO MAKE THIS EASY CRAB DIP RECIPE HEALTHIER?

Try using low calorie versions of the dairy to make this dip a little healthier. or low salt items also work great.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT SEAFOOD?

Of course, you can use imitation crab, lobster or even shrimp for this dip.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, it is great for a party. Make several casserole dishes of the dip that you can pop in and switch out so it is always hot.

WHAT CAN I SERVE WITH THIS HOT CRAB DIP?

Bread Bowl. Put it in a bread bowl of rye or pumpernickel
Toasted baguettes or breadstick are so good with this dip.
Vegetables. It is a classic. Veggies such as carrots, celery sticks, etc.
Crackers. Always a favorite but consider a crostini or garlic bread stick.
Chips. Thick hearty tortilla chips or pita chips.

WHERE DOES LUMP CRAB MEAT COME FROM?

Lump crab meat is fresh crab meat that comes from the body of the crab. Not from the claw or jumbo lump crab meat. The fine texture and medium flavor make it ideal for this dip.

A spoon in the dip ready for serving.

Expert Tips for Making This Warm Crab Dip Recipe

  • Double up: Great for a great recipe for a crowd so make more.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and split it into two baking dishes before baking.
  • Hot Sauce: Kick it up with a little hot sauce. Or lemon juice or lemon zest for zing. Dry mustard or Worcestershire sauce can also be great.
  • More Seafood: Really, like seafood, add more of your favorites to this dip.
  • Cheese: I use mozzarella but alternatively you could sprinkle swiss, cheddar cheese or a combination of them all.
  • Top: A few teaspoons of Fresh parsley or chives bring freshness.

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Old Bay Crab Dip with Cream Cheese in pyrex.
5 from 8 votes

Old Bay Crab Dip with Cream Cheese

Yield: 10 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Old Bay Crab Dip with Cream Cheese is so good, you will want to have a party just so you have an excuse to make it. Seafood lovers and dip connoisseurs will both fall for this timeless and delicious dip.
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Ingredients

  • 1 8- ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 cup lump crab meat
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Green onion for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix together the ingredients in a large bowl until well combined.
  • Spread the mixture in a baking dish and bake in the oven for 30 minutes, until the dip is golden brown.
  • Garnish with chopped green onions before serving.

Expert Tips

  • Double up: Great for a great recipe for a crowd so make more.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and split it into two baking dishes before baking.
  • Hot Sauce: Kick it up with a little hot sauce.
  • More Seafood: Really, like seafood, add more of your favorites to this dip.
  • Cheese: I use mozzarella but alternatively you could use swiss, cheddar or a combination of them all.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 400mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 406IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Appetizers and Dips
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, crab, dip

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