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Cream Cheese Crab Dip Recipes:
Tasty, Quick Crab Dips!

A great recipe for cream cheese crab dip always seems like the star of a party, or a great late night favorite for watching movies. Something about the combination of ingredients --creamy, rich, slightly sweet, fresh-- is just heaven.

There are tons of different kinds of quick crab dip recipes. They can sometimes be served cold, but most often the whole dip is heated so a nice crust forms on top. They can be mild and creamy, or spicy and full of flavor! You'll find examples of both kinds right here, or on my Best Crab Dip Recipe page.

Serving Crab Dip for a Party. Whether hot or cold, cream cheese crab dips should generally be served with bread or crackers. This dip is best without a multi grained or highly flavored bread-- it might compete with the crab's subtle flavors. Or try baking it in a bread bowl!


Baltimore Style Hot Cream Cheese Crab Dip Recipe

A Baltimore Style Hot Cream Cheese Crab Dip RecipeThis is such a simple and quick crab dip recipe-- and it includes just a touch of spice along with the sweet-and-mellow flavor of the crab. Just like a good Maryland crab cake, the flavor of the crab itself is the star of this cream cheese crab dip.

A Tasty Variation: To keep this quick crab dip recipe as simple as possible, it isn't given a topping. But for an extra special crunch on top, try adding crushed buttery crackers and parmesan for the last five minutes of baking.

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Ingredients:
8 ounces white crab meat, drained
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon seafood seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 small white onion, minced
1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions: 1. In a large bowl, stir to combine all ingredients except crab meat. Gently fold in crab meat.

2. Pour into baking dish and bake at 350?F for 12-15 minutes or until lightly brown.


Tips: Buying Crab Meat for a Crab Dip

CrabThere are two basic kinds of crab meat available in supermarkets. Lump crab meat has a light color and mild flavor. Claw meat tends to be darker in color and have a stronger flavor that works well in stews and heavy soups-- but is not the best choice for crab dip.

Canned or Frozen Crab? Frozen crab is usually the best in quality and taste. But does your budget limit you to canned crab? The best canned crab for a crab dip is plain white crab. The more expensive lump crab meat will get broken apart as you prepare most crab dips, so the benefit of having lumps of crab will be lost.

Inspecting the Meat. When you buy any kind of crab meat for a cream cheese crab dip, it is important to inspect any kind of crab meat, fresh or frozen, for tiny bits of shell or cartilage. These bits will not hurt the flavor but they will hurt your teeth!



Light and Creamy Crab Dip with French Fried Onions

This dip uses sour cream to create a lighter texture than some of the other cream cheese crab dips you've tried before. With a bit of garlic, some salty fried onions, and a touch of cheddar cheese, this quick crab dip recipe plays up the salty flavors that work so well with crab meat.

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Ingredients:
3/4 pound fresh crab meat, drained and picked over for shells
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise
2/3 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
2 green onions, chopped
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 C. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Hot sauce, to taste
Paprika
6 ounces fried onion pieces

Directions: 1. Preheat your oven to 350?F. Lightly grease a 2 quart glass baking dish.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic, onions, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, and half the cheddar cheese. Combine until evenly distributed.

3. Fold in the crab meat and hot sauce. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish and top with remaining cheese. Sprinkle lightly with paprika.

4. Bake for 20 minutes and then add fried onion pieces to top. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until lightly browned and the dip is warmed through.


Spicy and Quick Crab Dip with Garlic

Simple and Spicy Quick Crab Dip RecipeSailors and seashore dwellers know that a bit of spicy goes well with seafood... and this cream cheese crab dip is no different. Even if you are not normally a fan of spicy, the flavors here can be toned down to serve any palate. Serve this cold crab dip appetizer with garlic rounds of French bread or rustic farmhouse bread. Fresh vegetables like celery and jicama taste great with this dip, too!

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Ingredients:
8 ounces crabmeat, drained and cleaned for shells
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 rib celery, finely minced
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
2 tsp. Tabasco (or other hot sauce), or to taste
Minced scallions, to garnish

Directions: 1. Combine all of the ingredients except the crab meat in a medium bowl and mix thoroughly. You may wish to adjust the hot sauce to suit your taste.

2. Gently fold in the crab meat. Chill dip for 1 hour and serve with bread.


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