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Classic Hot Crab Dip For A Crowd

Creamy, cheesy, and packed with luscious crab meat, this dip is a showstopper. Scoop it up with crispy crackers or toasted baguette slices and get ready for a flavor explosion that will keep everyone coming back for more.

Tasty Team
97% would make again
Classic Hot Crab Dip For A Crowd


for 6 servings

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup yellow onion (150 g), finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 lb jumbo lump crabmeat (455 g)
  • 6 oz cream cheese (200 g), room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2 teaspoons old bay seasoning, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (100 g), divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, thinly sliced, for garnish
  • carrot stick, for serving
  • celery stick, for serving
  • cracker, for serving
  • crostini, for serving

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 386
  • Fat 27g
  • Carbs 6g
  • Fiber 0g
  • Sugar 3g
  • Protein 26g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Preheat the oven to 325˚F (160˚C).
  2. Melt the butter in a medium pan over medium-low heat. Add the onion, garlic, and salt. Cook for 12-15 minutes, until the onions are caramelized. Remove from heat and transfer to a small bowl to cool completely.
  3. Using a fine-mesh strainer, drain crab meat over a bowl.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, Worcestershire, hot sauce, Old Bay, and lemon juice. Using an electric mixer, beat together until well combined. With a flexible spatula, fold in the onion mixture, ¾ cup (75 grams) cheddar cheese, and the crab meat.
  5. Transfer the dip to a 1-quart baking dish. Top evenly with the remaining cheddar cheese.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the mixture is just beginning to bubble around the edges and the cheese is melted.
  7. Heat the broiler to low. Broil dip for 3 minutes, until the whole surface is bubbling and browned. Remove the dip from the oven. Let cool for at least 15 minutes, until set.
  8. Garnish the dip with Old Bay and chives. Serve with carrot sticks, celery sticks, crackers, and crostini.
  9. Enjoy!
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Classic Hot Crab Dip For A Crowd