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Hot Crab Dip with Cream Cheese

This Hot Crab Dip with Cream Cheese comes together in 10 minutes then you bake to bubbly, melty deliciousness.  Full Flavor of the crab, cheese and spices comes thru in every delicious bite!

Hot Crab dip baked in a bread bowl on a plate.

With March Madness Coming up I’m sharing a recipe for Hot Crab dip with Cream Cheese to make ahead so it’s ready to pop into the oven when people get hungry watching all of their brackets getting busted.  I recommend serving it hot, but if you prefer cold dips the beauty of this crab dip recipe is it works served both hot or cold.

The Hot Crab dip is flavored with seasonings that remind me of Cajun foods, but not very spicy.  I personally love spice foods, so I offer a way to increase the heat but since I try to make things all of my company like I tend to make this recipe a little milder. Every bite has hints of cheese, crab, and the smoky spiciness of Old bay and Worcestershire sauce.

How do you make Hot Crab Dip

Mix all ingredients for the crab dip using a mixer except for the crab.

I make my own homemade mayonnaise for the dip- you can find the recipe here, but any store-bought mayo you like will work.

Do buy your cream cheese in the block.  I prefer Philadelphia Cream cheese over other brands.  I think it tastes better but also holds up well either hot or cold.   While this recipe will work with the low fat or no-fat option, the texture will be different so if possible use the full-fat cream cheese.

Canned Lump Crab meat ready to put in Cream Cheese Crab dip

Once the dip mixture is fully combined you add the crab meat.  You want to stir the crab in by hand so the crab will stay in bigger pieces for each bite.

What kind of crab should you use to make Hot Crab Dip

You can absolutely use fresh crab for the dip.  But fresh is always more expensive and since you are adding so many other things to the dip, it’s not necessary to buy fresh.  Save that expense when you are making something really special like Fancy Bouillabaisse.

I buy canned Lump Crabmeat.  Lump Crabmeat has some larger pieces along with some bits and pieces.  Buy the largest lump crab meat you can find.  I’ve seen Jumbo, Large and regular.  The Chicken of the Sea lump crab meat worked well in this recipe.

Center section cut out of bread to serve hot crab dip with cream cheese in

Suggestions for serving Hot Crab Dip With Cream Cheese

I like to serve it in a cutout bread bowl like I have pictured.  You cut out the center at the top then use that section to cut up to serve the dip on.

You can then pull more bread pieces from the loaf as the dip is eaten from the bowl.

If you prefer you can bake it in a baking dish.  I suggest spraying the dish with cooking spray so its easier to clean up when you are done.

If you are looking for things  to serve the crab dip with there are many options:

  • crackers
  • carrot sticks
  • slices of cucumbers
  • celery sticks
  • bell pepper strips
  • pita chips
  • potato chips (use thick ones so they don’t break!)
  • tortilla chips
Spreading Hot crab dip from a bread bowl



Cold Dips:

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Yield: 12 servings

Hot Crab Dip with Cream Cheese

Hot Crab dip baked in a bread bowl on a plate.

This Hot Crab Dip with Cream Cheese comes together in 10 minutes then you bake to bubbly, melty deliciousness.  Full Flavor of the crab, cheese and spices comes thru in every delicious bite!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes



  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Place cream cheese, mayo, garlic, onion flakes, Worcestershire, lemon juice, hot sauce and old bay seasoning into a mixing bowl. Using a mixer beat until well combined.
  3. Clean beaters and add 8 ounces of lump crab meat to dip mixture.  Using a wooden spoon, stir gently to combine.  (Do not use mixer as it will break the crab down to a paste, and you want it to hold its shape a little bit so each bite is more concentrated.)
  4. If making ahead, mix dip to this point and put in a sealed airtight container.  You wont put the dip into the loaf until you are ready to bake just prior to serving.  See notes for instructions.
  5. If using a loaf of bread to bake the dip in, cut out a piece to be about 1/2" from the bottom of the loaf for the depth.  You will cut about 1/2" from the edge for the sides.  (See photo in recipe). Gently pull up to get a compartment to place the dip into to bake. (Alternate baking instructions in notes if you are not using a bread loaf.)
  6. Set aside piece you cut out.  Wrap the cut out piece in foil and set aside for baking.  You will place the top in the oven for the last 10 minutes of baking. 
  7. Using a spoon, place dip into the hole in the loaf.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until dip is starting to melt and bubble.  If you like a crispy golden brown cheese, you can turn to broil and broil for top to color.  Watch the dip closely when you have it in the broiling temp.  It will burn quickly.  
  8. Remove bread loaf and top from oven.  Slice the top into small slices for serving.  Serve with a knife for people to cut away at the bread loaf as well.
  9. Serve immediately.  


If making ahead, pull dip out 30 minutes before ready to bake and allow the dip to soften and come close to room temp.  Once softened place in loaf and follow instructions from that point.

If you prefer to not serve it in a bread bowl, the dip mixture can be placed in a baking dish and baked for the same amount of time until golden browned and bubbly.  

Alternatives to serving on bread slices: Carrots, celery, pepper slices, crackers. 

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

12 servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 243Saturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 487mgCarbohydrates: 20gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g

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