Hot Crab Dip
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This creamy spicy crab dip is hard to stop eating! It’s a creamy snack prepared with crab, green onions, cream cheese, mayo, and cheese that’s incredibly easy to make.

It’s naturally low-carb, keto-friendly, and gluten-free, and it’s perfect for tailgating, holidays, or entertaining.

What Makes This Dish So Delicious?

  • It’s a spicy, creamy crab dip. Not “hot” in the sense of “spicy,” but “hot” in the sense of “warm and gooey and oven-baked.” You can add some Old Bay or Cajun seasoning to your crab dip if you want it to have a little more kick.
  • It’s ridiculously simple to make. Simply combine the ingredients and bake. The most difficult aspect of cooking this dip is not eating it all at once. But I won’t hold it against you if you do.
  • This is a terrific meal to prepare ahead of time! Simply combine all of the ingredients, distribute the mixture in the pan, then cover securely and chill until ready to bake! Allow it to come to room temperature before baking, or prolong the bake time if your dip is very cold when you put it in the oven.
  • Need a New Year’s Eve or football season party snack? You’ve come to the right place! This cheesy baked crab dip is low in carbs and gluten-free, making it suitable for a wide range of dietary requirements. It’s also tasty, and who doesn’t enjoy tasty food?

Chef’s Advice

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Food: Hot Crab Dip (Source: Spend With Pennies)
  • I used canned crab meat in this dish because it’s easier and less expensive, but fresh crab meat would be delicious!
  • Add additional Old Bay Seasoning or Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning if you like it spicier. Add a few dashes of Louisiana spicy sauce to finish it off!
  • Don’t be afraid to increase the amount of crab! Seriously, additional crab flesh is always a good idea. You may not need to change the other components in the recipe depending on how much you add.

Crab Dip

5 minutes to prepare
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Total time spent: 25 minutes

This crab dip is hard to stop eating! It’s a rich and creamy appetizer prepared with crab, green onions, cream cheese, mayo, and cheese that’s incredibly easy to make.


  • 12 ounces cream cheese softened, 1 ½ blocks
  • 6 green onions finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 5 tablespoons mayonnaise ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon
  • 2 6-ounce cans crabmeat 12 ounces total, drained
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese or shredded mozzarella, divided
  • sliced green onions for garnish
  • crackers, chips, celery, or crostini for serving, see Notes

Instructions For Crab Dip

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Food: Hot Crab Dip (Source: Spend With Pennies)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius).
  2. Combine the cream cheese, onion, mayonnaise, crabmeat, garlic powder, salt, and 12 shredded cheese in a medium mixing basin. Stir until everything is thoroughly incorporated.
  3. Fill a small 6-inch cast-iron pan or a 1-quart baking dish halfway with the mixture. Top with the remaining 12 cups of cheese.
  4. In a preheated oven, bake for 20 minutes or until bubbling.
  5. Turn on the broiler and cook until the cheese on top is browned in place.
  6. Before serving, remove from the oven and set aside for 5-10 minutes. The dip will be scorching.


  • To make crostini, follow these steps: Slice a baguette into 1/2-inch thick slices. Preheat the oven to 350°F and put the slices on a baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle with salt and bake for 15 minutes, or until the tops start to turn golden brown. Slices should be firm but not completely crunchy. Allow 10 minutes for cooling.
  • Use gluten-free bread, crackers, or chips for a gluten-free appetizer.

This recipe serves roughly 8 people. The nutritional statistics indicated are for a single serving and do not include crackers, chips, or crostini. The macros may differ significantly depending on the brand of ingredients used.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 4ounces, Calories: 306kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 81mg, Sodium: 956mg, Potassium: 132mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 247IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 159mg, Iron: 1mg, Net Carbs: 2g