Easy and Delicious Crab Dip Recipe

This easy and delicious crab dip recipe has all the makings of a perfect appetizer and its proven to be a major crowd pleaser. Serve it hot or cold, this dip just doesn’t disappoint. And the best part? You only need about 20 minutes and few ingredients to make this insanely easy and delicious crab dip recipe.

Easy and Delicious Crab Dip Recipe

Crab Dip Recipe

It’s been a while since I made this easy and delicious crab dip recipe, so I decided to make it for Christmas as a test run for our New Year’s Eve soirée at home. It was a hit, so I thought I’d share it with you.

It’s one of those easy appetizers that you can make hot or cold and it’s perfect for a big or small gathering.You can also prep it in advance and have it ready to take to someone’s home or just take it out of the refrigerator once your guests arrive.

It’s a great appetizer in that it’s also super versatile. Serve it hot or cold, for Super Bowl or just Sunday football, or make it fancy for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day party.

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Use Jumbo Lump Crab Meat

The most important step of making this easy and delicious crab dip recipe is to use premium grade crabmeat, also known as Maryland Blue Crab Meat. Jumbo lump crab meat consists of whole lumps of white meat from the crab with no shell. Don’t use imitation crab meat. It’s ok to go imitation crab meat for other recipes, but not this one.

The premium grade crabmeat or jumbo lump crab met is sold in one pound containers, and you can typically find it in the seafood aisle. 

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Other Ways to Use Jumbo Crab Meat

One of my favorite other ways to use crab meat is to make crab cakes. My recipe for crab cakes is super delicious, but time and labor intensive. This crab dip is the opposite of that. It’s easy and comes together with just a few ingredients.

Can You Make It Ahead of Time?

Yep. If you plan on serving your crab dip cold, you can make it ahead of time and leave it in your fridge. But, I wouldn’t leave it in there for more than two days. If you plan on serving your crab dip hot, than you can make it ahead and keep it in the fridge, and simply heat it up when you are ready to serve it.

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Easy and Delicious Crab Dip Recipe

Ingredients

  • (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika ( or Old Bay seasoning)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (16oz) can jumbo lump crabmeat, drained

 

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to blend together cream cheese, mayonnaise, mustard, garlic powder, paprika and salt.
  2. Fold in the crab meat and cover thoroughly in the mixture. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. If you a serving your dip cold, you are done!
  3. To serve warm bake uncovered in an oven-safe dish for 15-20 minutes or until bubbly at 350 degrees.

Pro Tip: You can mix the ingredients by hand, but an electric mixer makes the ingredients smooth and velvety. 

Another Tip: If you’re making the dish warm, place in an oven-safe container in the fridge so it can go straight into the oven. 

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Crab Dip Recipe

Easy and Delicious Crab Dip Recipe

The most easy and delicious crab dip recipe perfect for the holidays and game day gatherings

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened 
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise   
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp paprika ( or old bay seasoning) 
  • 1 tsp garlic powder 
  • 1/2 tsp salt  
  • 16 oz jumbo lump crabmeat

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to blend together cream cheese, mayonnaise, mustard, garlic powder, paprika and salt.
  • Fold in the crab meat and cover thoroughly in the mixture. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. If you a serving your dip cold, you are done!
  • To serve warm bake uncovered in an oven-safe dish for 15-20 minutes or until bubbly at 350 degrees.

 

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