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Easy, Hot Baked Crab Dip

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.

hot crab dip in a baking dish

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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.

hot crab dip in a baking dish with green onions

How Do You Make Hot Crab Dip?

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients using only half of the cheese in a large bowl.
  3. Spoon the mixture into a baking dish and top with the remaining cheese.
  4. Bake.

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.

person holding a bite of hot crab dip with a chip

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.

person holding a bite of hot crab dip with a chip

What Crackers Go With Hot Crab Dip?

Reheat Instructions

Can you heat up crab dip? Yes. I find it best to reheat it in a 300-degree oven. The microwave works as well.

hot crab dip in a baking dish

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

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.
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Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Cajun
Keyword hot cajun cream cheese crab dip, hot crab dip, keto crab dip, low carb crab dip
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 120kcal


  • 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.
  • Serve!


If you’re keto or low carb, pair the dip with fresh celery and cauliflower.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 6g
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Recipe Rating


Friday 1st of January 2021

Holy moly is this good.

Super easy to make and comes together beautifully. We ate it with crackers for NYE and looking forward to using the leftovers in wontons tomorrow. Will make this over and over again.


Saturday 2nd of January 2021

haha! Yay so glad you enjoyed it.

Christina L

Thursday 31st of December 2020

I made this as a part of my Christmas brunch and it was a hit!! My mom called me 2 days later asking for more (she ate what she took home) and was so heartbroken that it was gone. I will be making more and not just because my mom will be nagging me for it! LOL


Saturday 2nd of January 2021

This is great for brunch!


Sunday 11th of October 2020

Made this to go with football Sunday and it didn’t miss! I enjoy low carb snacks and have a hard time finding some that don’t make you feel like you’re missing out on flavor. I paired mine with mini sweet peppers...and chips. Both ways were so good. Steps were easy to follow and didn’t take a whole lot of time. At this point, these recipes could call for whatever and I’m buying it and not missing a step. Follow the instructions and you won’t be disappointed.


Monday 12th of October 2020

Thanks for sharing that. I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe.

Anne D

Sunday 28th of June 2020

This dip was so decadent and easy to make. The quality of the Greek yogurt will definitely affect the consistency. Fage is my preferred brand of Greek yogurt, but I had the Lidl brand of Greek yogurt in hand and used that. The dip was still delicious, but the consistency mirror the yogurt and was a little runny. Didn’t stop us from eating it, though!


Sunday 28th of June 2020

Haha! I love that!


Friday 21st of February 2020

You didn’t even list green onions in the recipe ingredients, or lost how much lemon juice! I hope I got the amounts right.


Friday 21st of February 2020

They are totally listed. Sounds like you missed it!