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Hot Crab Dip Recipe

Hot Crab Dip Recipe – an easy and delicious cheesy dip that will be a hit and any party. A slightly spicy crab dip that is ready in minutes.

This post is sponsored by Walmart. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Appetizers are the best.  In our house we can make a full meal out of our favorite appetizers and often do.  And a warm, cheesy dip is one of the best ways to win my family over.  This Baked Mexican Cheese Dip has been a staple in my husband’s side of the family for at least the last 30 years.  

hot crab dip in a dish with a chip

Whether it is the holiday season, with lots of parties happening. Or the middle of summer, and everyone is grilling out and having people over.  Easy appetizers and snacks to serve at parties are a must! This hot crab dip recipe is a hit any time of year, and so is my Baked Goat Cheese Dip. Seriously cheese is pretty much the way to people heart.

Hot Crab Dip Ingredients

  • Cream Cheese
  • Mayo
  • Sour Cream
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Lump Crab Meat
  • Lemon Juice
  • Hot Sauce
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Green Onions

This Cheesy Hot Crab Dip has 3 kinds of cheese in it, so you know it is going to be good.  It is creamy and so good with the lumps of crab meat in there.  You can use fresh lump crab meat or canned crab meat, whatever you have, can find, and afford works great.

hot crab dip in a dish

How to Make Hot Crab Dip

  1. Start by mixing together the cream cheese, sour cream, and mayo together until it is well blended and smooth.  You can use a mixer for this step if your cream cheese is not soft enough, but if you soften it first a spatula should work just fine.
  2. Next stir in the Parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, hot sauce, lemon juice, salt and pepper.  Mix until everything is well combined.  
  3. Gently fold in the crab meat.  You don’t want to be too rough and turn your crab into mush, so use a spatula and just be nice as you mix it together. 
  4. Spread the dip into a baking dish and then top with the rest of the cheese.  Bake until it is hot and bubbly and the cheese on top is golden.  
  5. Once it is out of the oven you can garnish with a few green onions and then just let it cool slightly before serving. 
hot crab dip in a dish

What to Serve With Crab Dip

  • Tortilla Chips
  • Ritz Crackers
  • Crostini
  • Veggies

What Is Lump Crab Meat

You can find lump crab meat in a can.  It is blend of broken pieces of jumbo lump and a special grade of crab meat.  It is great in dips, salads, and thing like crab cakes. 

Can I Use Fresh Crab Meat

Yep, you definitely can.  It is usually more expensive, and not all stores carry it.  You can usually find it in a plastic container in the meat and seafood area of the grocery store.  It is already steamed and cooked for you, so you just need to break it up a little before adding it to a recipe. 

What Can I Use Instead Of Crab

Many people want to make this dip, but for whatever reason don’t want to use crab. That is totally fine, there are a few other options you could try!

  • Chicken
  • Shrimp
  • Tuna

I have heard from one reader who used smoked salmon as well and loved it. So if you have a shellfish allergy, or want something more budget friendly, check out the above choices.

hot crab dip in a dish

So whether you are getting ready for a holiday party or just need a delicious dip for the weekend.  This Hot Crab Dip will be a huge hit! You can mix it up and have it in the fridge, so you just need to bake when it is ready to serve.  Super easy and great to make ahead for parties. 

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Hot Crab Dip


Hot Crab Dip - an easy and delicious cheesy dip that will be a hit and any party. A slightly spicy crab dip that is ready in minutes.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound lump crab meat
  • 1 Tbls lemon juice
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, , for topping
  • 1 Tbls sliced green onions


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl mix together cream cheese, mayo and sour cream. Stir in Parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, lemon juice, hot sauce, salt and pepper until well combined. Fold in crab meat.
  3. Pour into a 1 quart baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake for 25-35 minutes until bubbly and hot.
  5. Remove from the oven and top with green onions.
  6. Serve with tortilla chips or crostini

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 271Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 92mgSodium 708mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 17g

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Friday 22nd of September 2023


Erin S

Monday 25th of September 2023


Debra F.

Thursday 22nd of December 2022

Is it recommended to shred your own Parmesan or is the Kraft acceptable for this recipe?

Erin S

Thursday 22nd of December 2022

You can use the pre-shredded stuff, I just recommend not the powdered grated stuff.

Mark Daigneau

Sunday 11th of December 2022

If I substitute shrimp, should the shrmp be precooked or raw?

Erin S

Sunday 11th of December 2022

You would want it cooked, just like the crab is cooked. You are really only heating it enough to melt and get the dish hot, not really cook anything. The frozen pre-cooked shrimp would be great, just thaw and pat it dry, chop it a little smaller and it would work great.


Tuesday 29th of November 2022

Hi Erin, can this crab dip be made ahead and frozen? thanks, sounds delicious

Erin S

Tuesday 29th of November 2022

I don't think I would freeze it, dairy products have a tendency to break down in the freezing and thawing process. It might work and be ok, but I haven't tested it. It will last cold in the fridge for about 24 hours before baking though.


Tuesday 29th of November 2022

What kind of hot sauce

Erin S

Tuesday 29th of November 2022

Whatever you have on hand, tabasco works, chulula, really whatever you have.

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