Close up of cheesy crab did on a slice of baguette.

Hot Cheesy Crab Dip (Restaurant-Style!)

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This Restaurant Style Hot Cheesy Crab Dip is a creamy mixture of tasty crab meat, smooth cream cheese, flavorful green chilies and onions, zesty sour cream, creamy mayonnaise, melty cheese, and the perfect combination of spices for a dip that is sure to be a family favorite.

Hot cheesy crab dip in a white baking dish with slices of bread around it.

Crab Dip is at the top of the list of my favorite cheesy appetizers. This warm, creamy dip can be served with chips, crackers, or even sliced baguettes. It is served hot and is irresistible, especially when you see it come out of the oven with all of the bubbling, melty cheese on top. Be careful, though. This crab dip is so tasty that it will be gone before you know it!

Not only is this hot crab dip delicious, but it is also easy to make, making it a great option when you need a last-minute appetizer. I like to keep the ingredients on hand, just in case. The taste of the crab meat is the star of this recipe. The combination of spices really brings out the flavors. When I say that it’s easy to make, I mean that it is as simple as mixing all of the ingredients together, putting them in the baking dish, topping them with cheese, and popping it in the oven!

Why You’ll Love This Hot Crab Dip

  • It is melty, cheesy, and delicious.
  • Makes a great appetizer and can be paired with chips, crackers, or sliced baguettes.
  • It is flavorful and creamy with tasty crab.
  • It is very simple to make.
  • You can enjoy it when it is warm and fresh out of the oven.
  • It can be made quickly, making it a great last-minute appetizer.

Equipment Needed To Make This Restaurant Crab Dip Recipe

  • 9×9 Baking Dish
  • Large Bowl

Ingredients For Cheesy Hot Crab Dip

  • Lump Crab Meat
  • Cream Cheese
  • Diced Green Chilies
  • Green Onions
  • Sour Cream
  • Mayonnaise
  • Garlic Powder, Black Pepper, Paprika, Salt
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Lemon Juice
  • Cheddar Cheese

How To Make Creamy Hot Crab Dip

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°. Prepare a 9 x 9 baking dish by spraying it with a non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add crab meat, cream cheese, green chilies, sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic powder, black pepper, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, salt, and ½ cup of cheddar cheese. Mix everything until well combined.
  3. Add mixture to the prepared baking dish and top with remaining cheddar cheese.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the cheese begins to bubble. Serve with sliced baguettes, chips, or crackers.
Close up of cheesy crab did on a slice of baguette.

What to Serve/Pair with Your Easy Hot Crab Dip Recipe

This crab dip pairs well with tortilla chips, crackers, or sliced baguettes for dipping. If you don’t want something quite so salty, you can even dip carrots or celery sticks. 

Are you hosting a party and need to make more than one appetizer?  Try these Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Taquitos. If you have any extra cream cheese or crab, use it in these tasty Homemade Cream Cheese Crab Rangoons.Need an entree to follow this crab dip appetizer?  These Cajun Shrimp Foil Packets are a tasty dinner, and pair well with the flavors in the crab dip.

Popular Substitutions & Additions

  • Plain Greek Yogurt can be used in place of the sour cream. The measurements will be the same.
  • A cheese blend of your choice can be used instead of cheddar. If you want a little spice, try pepper jack cheese.
  • Balsamic vinegar can be used in place of Worcestershire sauce.
  • Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for some extra spice.

How To Reheat & Store Easy Hot Crab Dip Recipe

This hot crab dip can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge if you have any leftovers. Once it has completely cooled, place it in an air-tight container and stick it in the fridge. It will last for up to 3 days.  To reheat, either warm it in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or microwave individual portions for 2 minutes, stirring halfway through.

You can also freeze your crab dip once it has completely cooled. Store it in a sealed, freezer-safe container. Completely thaw in the fridge, then bake as directed above to reheat frozen crab dip.

 Hot Crab Dip FAQs

Can I use imitation crab in this dip?

Sure. I definitely think that real crab tastes better, but if you prefer imitation crab, feel free to use that instead.

If I can’t find green chiles, can I use Rotel instead?

Sure, as long as you are okay with the added tomatoes, you can use drained Rotel with green chilies.

Can I make this crab dip in the crockpot?

You’ll want to make this dip in the oven. If you’re looking for a slow cooker recipe, try this Easy Copycat Chili’s Queso Dip Recipe.

Hot cheesy crab dip on top of 4 slices of baguette.

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Cheesy crab dip with a some being scooped out of the white baking dish on a slice of baguette.

Hot Crab Dip

This Restaurant Style Hot Cheesy Crab Dip is a creamy mixture of tasty crab meat, smooth cream cheese, flavorful green chilies and onions, zesty sour cream, creamy mayonnaise, melty cheese, and the perfect combination of spices for a dip that is sure to be a family favorite.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Caribbean
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 12 ounces lump crab meat (canned)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • ¼ cup diced green chilies
  • 3 green onions (sliced)
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • cup cheddar cheese (grated)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350°. Prepare a 9 x 9 baking dish by spraying it with a non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add crab meat, cream cheese, green chilies, sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic powder, black pepper, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, salt, and ½ cup of cheddar cheese. Mix everything until well combined.
  • Add mixture to the prepared baking dish and top with remaining cheddar cheese.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the cheese begins to bubble. Serve with sliced baguettes, chips, or crackers.
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