Hot Crab Dip

November 13, 2018
Hot Crab Dip is an all-time party food favorite, for sure.  Cheesy, warm, creamy, and loaded with the fabulous flavor of crab, what's not to love?  Bake up a batch of this party classic for your next together and watch it disappear.
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Classic Hot Crab Dip Image


Some foods are straight-up party food classics.  You know, the ones that people just can't seem to get enough of and devour every last bite.

And indeed, Hot Crab Dip is certainly one of these classics!

It seems to be adored by all no matter when and where it's served.  Cheesy, warm, and creamy, and loaded with the fabulous flavor of crab, what's not to love?

Hot Crab Dip is an all-time party food favorite, for sure.  Cheesy, warm, creamy, and loaded with the fabulous flavor of crab, what's not to love?

Admittedly though, there are probably about as many variations of hot crab dip as there are people who make it.  Our family's hot crab dip recipe came from a family friend many, many years ago.  We got the recipe from her back way back when I was in high school, which was just over 30 years ago.

I guess needless to say, this is the hot crab dip recipe our family's been enjoying for a very very long time.

I love that its crab flavor is nicely complimented with a touch of horseradish and a hearty squeeze of fresh lemon juice.  Paired with assorted crackers for scooping, it's a wonderful perfect-for-a-party hot dip.

Cracker Topped with Baked Hot Crab Dip Image

Not only is this hot crab dip loved by all those who eat it, it's also loved by those who make it ... because it's so easy to prepare.

Simply mix up a combination of softened cream cheese, fresh lemon juice, prepared horseradish, and a little bit of milk.  Then fold in canned crab.

Spoon the mixture into a baking dish ...

Making Hot Crab Dip Image

And then sprinkle on a little shredded cheddar cheese ...

Sprinkling Cheese on Top of Hot Crab Dip Image

I like to use a mild or medium cheddar because the mildness of the flavor goes well with the crab without overpowering it.  But certainly, you could use a sharp cheddar if you prefer.

Also, I like to shred my own cheese rather than using pre-shredded cheese from a bag.  Cheese I shred myself  seems to melt a little better than the packaged stuff and adds more creamy cheesiness to the baked dip.

Not only is this hot crab dip loved by all those who eat it, it's also loved by those who make it ... because it's so easy to prepare.

Once the crab mixture is topped with cheese, bake it until it's heated through, bubbly around the edges, and just beginning to get some golden brown areas on the top.

Serve the baked crab dip immediately while it's hot.  If there do happen to be leftovers (which there probably won't be), the dip can easily be reheated in either the oven or the microwave.

Baked Crab Dip Image

Hot Crab Dip is an all-time party food favorite, for sure.  Every time I make it, people just can't seem to get enough of it and devour every last bite.  Which makes it a perfect choice for any get-together. 

Cheesy, warm, creamy, and loaded with the fabulous flavor of crab, what's not to love?  Bake up a batch of this party classic for your next together and watch it disappear.

Scooping Baked Hot Crab Dip with a Cracker Image
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Hot Crab Dip
(Print recipe)
Ingredients
  • 2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 2 (6 oz.) cans crab meat, well-drained
  • 2 T. dried minced onion
  • 2 tsp. prepared horseradish
  • 2 T. milk
  • 1 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 c. shredded mild or medium cheddar cheese
Directions
  1. Place softened cream cheese, minced onion, horseradish, milk, lemon juice, and salt in a mixing bowl. Mix until well combined. Stir in crab meat.
  2. Spoon crab mixture into a small baking dish coated with non-stick cooking spray. Top with shredded cheddar cheese.
  3. Bake at 375℉ for 35-40 minutes until heated through and bubbly.
  4. Serve with assorted crackers for dipping.
Enjoy!


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15 comments

  1. Wonderful looking dip! I will give this a go for sure.

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  2. This is a classic- I love it, and will make any excuse to make it!

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  3. Your Hot Crab Dip looks absolutely addictive, Tracey! Pinning. Oh, and I like to freshly shred my own cheese too. It really does make a difference. Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving! Hope to see you at the party this week!

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  4. We sure enjoyed featuring your awesome post and thanks so much for sharing it with us at Full Plate Thursday! Hope you had a great thanksgiving and hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen

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