Creamy Crab Dip With Cream Cheese

Creamy Crab Dip
The Spruce
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 16 servings
Yields: 2 cups
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
93 Calories
9g Fat
1g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 93
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 179mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 3g
Calcium 24mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This easy creamy crab dip is made with canned crabmeat, but feel free to use freshly cooked crab if you have it. Or use convenient imitation crabmeat, which is made with white fish and often a small amount of crabmeat. Either way, your seafood dip will be a hit. 

Cream cheese and mayonnaise are combined with the crabmeat to make this creamy, tasty dip. Carrot and celery sticks are excellent choices for dipping as well as crackers or chips. It's a very easy dip to prepare with just a few simple seasonings. Whip some up for the family to enjoy on movie night.   


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  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper (or Tabasco sauce, to taste)
  • 1 (6-ounce) can crabmeat (drained, cartilage removed, finely chopped)
  • Garnish: 1 pinch Old Bay seasoning (optional)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Creamy crab dip recipe ingredients

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  2. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, milk, salt, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper or Tabasco sauce, to taste. Blend well. 

    Creamy crab dip sauce ingredients mixed in a bowl
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  3. Gently fold in the chopped crabmeat.

    Crabmeat folded into the sauce in a bowl
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  4. Cover and refrigerate the crab dip until it is thoroughly chilled.

    Creamy crab dip with cream cheese covered with plastic wrap
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  5. If desired, sprinkle with Old Bay seasoning. Serve chilled.

    Creamy crab dip with cream cheese served with chips
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To soften cream cheese quickly, unwrap it and place it on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave on 100 percent power for 15 to 20 seconds. Another way is to cut the block of cold cream cheese into small pieces and beat it with an electric mixer on high speed until it's smooth and creamy.

Recipe Variations

  • Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of finely chopped green onions.
  • Add a few tablespoons of parsley or fresh chopped cilantro or chives.
  • Double the amount of crab in the dip.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of fresh chopped dill or about 1/2 teaspoon of dried dill weed.
  • Sprinkle paprika instead of Old Bay over the top of the dip.
  • Replace the crab with imitation crab made with pollock or hake. There's usually a small amount of crabmeat in these products, so don't use them if you have an allergy to shellfish. Check the labels to be certain.
  • Add some chopped cooked shrimp and/or scallops to the dip for a seafood dip. Or make it with shrimp instead of crabmeat.
  • For an extra-special dip, make it with cooked chopped lobster.

How Long Does Crab Dip Last?

Creamy crab dip will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to three days. While you can technically freeze crab dip, it is not recommended since freezing greatly affects the texture.

Is Crabmeat in a Can Real?

Canned lump crabmeat is real crab that has been cooked and shelled. Imitation crab, which is often sold in a shrink-wrapped package, is made largely of white fish and sometimes a small amount of crab.