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Spicy Crab Dip

With cayenne pepper and hot sauce (both optional), this delicious dip doubles up on the heat. Chock-full of crabmeat, this appetizer feels special, yet it only takes minutes to prepare. —Carol Forcum, Marion, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    4 cups


  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons white wine or white grape juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, optional
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 pound imitation crabmeat, chopped
  • Assorted crackers or fresh vegetables


  • In a food processor, combine the first 8 ingredients. Cover and process until smooth. Transfer to a large microwave-safe bowl. Stir in crab; mix well.
  • Cover and microwave on high until bubbly, 2-3 minutes. Serve warm with crackers or vegetables.

Spicy Crab Dip Tips

How long is crab dip good for in the fridge?

Crab dip will stay fresh in a covered container in the fridge for 3-5 days.

Can I freeze crab dip with cream cheese?

Yes! You can freeze this crab dip even with cream cheese, but keep in mind that the texture and consistency may change slightly. Thaw in the fridge the night before you plan to serve it and give it a good stir after reheating in the microwave to recombine the ingredients.

What goes good with crab dip?

This crab dip goes good with veggie dippers as well as crackers and baguette slices. Check out more fantastic party dip recipes, like buffalo chicken dip, mango guacamole and hot pizza dip. Research contributed by Sarah Fischer, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 82 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 133mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • katlaydee3
    Jan 1, 2016

    This was delicious as our New Year's appetizer served with a variety of crackers.

  • gsmrcina
    Nov 13, 2014

    You don't have to heat it in the can also be served cold!

  • Finkleterri
    Dec 15, 2013

    This was a huge hit at my party. I added pickled jalapenos for extra flavor and spice. Definitely best served warm.

  • cmvjvca
    Feb 26, 2012

    I brought this to a party, and it was the hit of the party, everyone wants the recipe.

  • jerrydon
    Feb 25, 2012

    Great taste and simple to make, what could be better

  • Bsager892
    Dec 29, 2011

    I like mine with a little chopped up celery to give it crunch and color. I remember when imitation crab first came out many years ago, it was spelled with a K to differentiate it from real crabmeat in recipes. The original marketers might have spelled it that way, also.

  • bellville
    Jul 20, 2011

    Imitation Crab meat adds color to this recipe. You could use 2 cans crab meat, drained and some Imitation crab meat for eye appeal.

  • imfatandhappy
    Mar 8, 2011

    I love this dip on crackers. Very tasty.I have never, ever heard of spelling imitation crap meat with a K. Where did this come from? Imitation crab, lobster, etc. are excellent foods: fat-free, very high protein, and reasonably priced. Makes a wonderful seafood salad, or when added to a tossed salad. It is, after all, real seafood.

  • specialkmom
    Mar 7, 2011

    P.S.~The imitation crab meat was quite tasty. The recipe was just lacking. :)

  • specialkmom
    Mar 7, 2011

    Wasn't bad, I just wouldn't call it "Spicy" and I am a wimp. Added seasoned salt and "Tony's" spicy cajun seasoning...still a little bland. Maybe it will be better cold. Will see tomorrow.