Crab Dip


This crab dip recipe is perfect for parties! It's easy to make and delicious served hot in a warm bread bowl.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins

This party-perfect crab dip recipe will be a hit at your next potluck, tailgate, or get-together.

How to Make Crab Dip

You'll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let's go over the basics:

Crab Dip Ingredients

These are the simple ingredients you'll need to make this top-rated crab dip recipe:

· Crabmeat: This crab dip starts with two cans of drained and flaked crabmeat.
· Cream cheese: Softened cream cheese ensures a rich, creamy, and flavorful crab dip.
· Mayonnaise: Mayonnaise adds even more richness.
· Onion: A finely chopped onion takes the flavor up a notch.
· Seasonings: This easy crab dip is seasoned with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
· Italian bread: For a restaurant-worthy presentation, serve this crab dip in a hollowed out loaf of Italian bread.

How Do You Make Crab Dip?

It couldn't be easier to make this crab dip: Simply stir all the ingredients together, bake, and enjoy. You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below.

What to Serve With Crab Dip

Serve this crab dip with crackers, sturdy vegetables, tortilla chips, pretzels, or pita bread. If you want to go the homemade route, try serving it with fresh crostini.

Can You Make Crab Dip Ahead of Time?

This crab dip makes a great make-ahead appetizer! Just combine the ingredients, spread the mixture in the baking dish, cover tightly, and refrigerate for up to two days. When you're ready to serve it, bake and serve the dish according to the recipe.

How to Store Crab Dip

Store your leftover crab dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat in the microwave or in the oven. We don't recommend freezing crab dip, as cream cheese does not freeze and thaw well.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"I added some Old Bay seasoning to the mix and also on the top for some color," says Bruce Zieper. "It was a real crowd pleaser, I'll make it again for sure!"

"Great recipe," according to JoeOnTheGo. "I added grated white Cheddar and Cajun seasoning. It rocked! I also had all of the ingredients and did not have to go to the grocery."

"This recipe is so easy and the taste is awesome," raves cheryll. "I have brought this to numerous parties and it's always a hit!"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 2 (6 ounce) cans crabmeat, drained and flaked

  • 11 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 5 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • teaspoon garlic powder

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 (1 pound) loaf round, crusty Italian bread


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    All ingredients gathered to make crab dip.

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  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  3. Combine crabmeat, cream cheese, mayonnaise, onion, garlic powder, salt, and pepper together in a medium bowl; spread mixture into a 1-quart baking dish.

    Crab meat, cream cheese, mayonnaise, onion, garlic powder, salt and pepper mixed in a large bowl.

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  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, cut a circle in the top of the bread; scoop out the inside to create a bread bowl. Tear the removed bread into pieces for dipping.

    Filling baked and circular hole cut in the top of the bread and inside removed.

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  5. Stir baked crab dip and spoon into bread bowl. Place bread bowl and chunks of bread on a medium baking sheet; bake for an additional 10 minutes. Serve hot.

    Bread bowl filled up with dip and baked for a few more minutes.

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High angle, close up on a bread bowl filled with crab dip.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

199 Calories
12g Fat
15g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 199
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 318mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 140mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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