Easy, Hot Baked Crab Dip is the best cheesy appetizer loaded with cream cheese, Old Bay Seasoning, and jumbo lump crab meat. You can substitute imitation crab if you wish. Serve this dish for holidays and the Superbowl.
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If you are a fan of Maryland crab cakes, this dip is definitely for you! This hot cream cheese crab dip is just in time for party and game day season. And let me be the first to tell you, it is to die for!
This dip is also keto-friendly and low-carb! Huge win!
Lump Crab or Imitation Crab?
I use lump crab meat. You can find it in the refrigerated meat section of the grocery store.
What is Imitation Crab Made Of?
Imitation crab is also referred to as crab sticks. It’s made of white fish that has been shaped to look like crab legs.
How Do You Make Hot Crab Dip?
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Combine all of the ingredients using only half of the cheese in a large bowl.
- Spoon the mixture into a baking dish and top with the remaining cheese.
How Do You Make Creamy Crab Dip?
The key to getting the dip to have a creamy texture lies in the ingredients. I use cream cheese and Greek yogurt (you can also use sour cream) to help give the inside of the dip a creamy texture. The shredded cheese that you use will help as well.
Can You Make The Dip Ahead of Time?
Yes. If you are planning to make the dip ahead of time, store it in an air-tight container for up to a couple of days. I recommend reheating in the oven for optimal taste.
What Crackers Go With Hot Crab Dip?
Can you heat up crab dip? Yes. I find it best to reheat it in a 300-degree oven. The microwave works as well.
Can the Dip Be Frozen?
The dip can be frozen for up to a few months. In general, dairy dishes don’t freeze as well as other ingredients. It won’t taste as good as fresh, but works.
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Easy, Hot Baked Crab Dip
- 1/2 pound lump crab meat
- 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
- 2 cups plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup white cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
- 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano cheese shredded
- 1/4 cup muenster cheese chopped in small chunks
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
- 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 lemon juice of
- 2 tbsp green onions chopped
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Combine the cream cheese and Greek yogurt in a medium-sized bowl. Mix well.
- Add the remaining ingredients, but only 1/2 of the cheese. Mix well.
- Spray a small baking dish with cooking spray.
- Add the dip.
- Top with the shredded cheese. Place remaining chunks of muenster cheese throughout the pan.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese has melted.
- Sprinkle the remaining green onions throughout.