Best Crab Dip Recipes:
Cajun Crab Dip, Hot Crab Dip, and More!

We all have different opinions of what makes the best crab dip recipe. Some are looking for a Cajun crab dip with lots of spice and flavor. Others? A fresher-flavored cold or hot crab dip that lets the natural sweetness of the crab shine through.

But whatever you love best about crab dip, you'll find something to like in the recipes here. And there are tons more crab dip recipes right here at Appetite 4 Appetizers. Including some great ones for a cream cheese crab dip! Or if you're looking for something a little different, try this amazing lobster fondue.

All About Crab Dip

Basic ingredients for cold or hot crab dip often include lump crab, cream cheese, seasonings, and something spicy like mustard. The seasonings used in crab dip vary widely by region and even more broadly by individual taste. A recipe that is considered "The Best Crab Dip EVER" in one part of the country is simply ignored in another section of the country. So it's all relative.

That said, these crab dip recipes are special, flavorful, and really, really wonderful. They may just be the best ever!

Hot Crab and Artichoke Dip with Citrus and Pimiento

Warm Crab Dip with Orange Juice and Pimiento- the best!If you've tried a hundred different hot cream cheese crab dip recipes, and want something new, this is the best crab dip recipe you'll find.

In this recipe, unusual components like orange juice, pimiento, mushrooms and artichoke hearts bring a group of earthy and citrus-y flavors to this dip's party. If mushrooms and artichokes do nothing to earn your respect for this dip, then the tangy addition of Parmesan and Asiago cheeses should get your attention... and keep it.

This hot crab dip recipe always gets rave reviews when I serve it for parties-- and while you don't have to serve it with the recipe for garlic bread dippers here, they do bring the dip to a whole different level!

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Ingredients: 6 ounces white crab meat, drained, flaked and picked over to remove cartilage
3/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 cup fresh mushrooms, chopped
14 ounces artichoke hearts, well drained and chopped
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup Asiago cheese
3 scallions, sliced
1 small jar diced pimento
1 tablespoon and 8 tablespoons butter, divided
Salt and pepper, to taste

Garlic Bread Dippers:
French bread
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons parsley, finely chopped

Directions: 1. Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a heavy nonstick saucepan over medium high heat. Add mushrooms and cook until tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.

2. Add the artichokes, orange juice, scallions and pimento to the pan and stir to warm through. Add the mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese and Asiago cheese to the pan.

3. Remove pan from heat and fold in the crab meat. Pour mixture into a 1 quart glass baking dish. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until mixture bubbles. Let cool 5 minutes and serve with fresh garlic bread.

4. To make garlic bread, melt 8 tablespoons of butter in a pan and add the garlic. Cook on medium low heat for 1 minute. Toss the parsley into the butter and stir. Season to taste with salt and fresh ground pepper.

5. Brush the garlic butter lightly over bread and toast in oven for 5-7 minutes.

Louisiana Cajun Crab Dip with Crawfish

Now, while this can't be considered the best crab dip recipe if you're looking for something with ONLY crab meat... it's probably my favorite crab dip recipe I ever make.

In this wonderful Cajun crab dip, two tasty crustaceans bring a wonderful natural sea sweetness to this pungently flavorful dish. The crawfish adds a little texture to the mix, too-- so good!. This warm appetizer is heavily seasoned, but the cream smoothes out some of the heat and a roux, cooked mixture of fat and flour, thickens up the dip as it cooks on the stovetop. It's heaven.

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16 ounces crawfish tail meat
16 ounces special white crab meat, drained
6 ounces unsalted butter
4 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 cup dry white wine
1 quart and 1 pint heavy whipping cream
1 large Spanish onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely minced
1 bunch scallions, chopped
Seafood seasoning mix (such as crab boil seasoning), to taste

Directions: 1. In a pan over medium heat, melt the butter and whisk in the flour to make the roux. Make sure to stir continuously for 2-3 minutes and do not burn the roux. Add wine and continue whisking.

2. Add the onion, garlic and cream to the pan and bring mixture to a low boil.

3. Reduce heat to a simmer and add seafood seasoning mix. Cook on medium-low for 10 minutes.

4. Fold in the crawfish, crab meat, scallions and parsley.

The best crab dips are flexible-- they can be served hot or cold, herbed or plain, and even highly seasoned. Some recipes include breadcrumb toppings while others keep it simple. Canned crab makes it easy to make up a batch and try your own variations on crab dip. Whether you like strong spices or creamy sweetness, the best crab dip is generally the one you ate most recently.

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