Hot Crab Dip

Think you know crab dip? Not like this, you don’t! The blend of three styles of cheese, the perfect combination of seasonings, and succulent Canadian crab meat make this recipe a cut above the rest. And while it’s ideal for your poshest party, it’s equally at home for game or movie nights.

  • Prep time: 8–10 minutes

  • Cook time: 20–25 minutes

  • Primary ingredient: Crab

  • Serves: 2–4 Servings

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  • 1 can (120 g) Canadian chunk crab meat
  • ½ cup (100 g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¼ cup (63 ml) sour cream
  • ¼ cup (63 g) mayonnaise
  • ½ cup (60 g) Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) lemon juice
  • 1 tsp (5 g) grainy Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp Old Bay® seasoning
  • ¼ cup (30 g) grated Parmesan Reggiano
  • Garnish:
  • ½ tbsp chives, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C)
  2. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients except Parmesan Reggiano cheese and chives.
  3. Transfer to a small (2–3 cup) oven-safe dish. Top with shredded Parmesan. Bake in oven for 15–20 minutes, or until edges are golden and bubbling.
  4. Switch to broil for 2–3 minutes or until top is golden.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
  6. Garnish with chives and serve with crostini, crackers, or vegetables.

Chef's Tips

  • For an alternative version, use lobster meat instead of crab.
  • Greek yogurt or plain yogurt can be used in place of the sour cream.
  • You can easily double the recipe if hosting a larger party.
  • Don't have Monterey Jack cheese? Some good alternatives are Muenster, white cheddar, Havarti, or Colby.
  • Drain your Canadian crab meat well to ensure a thick dip consistency.
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Health Benefits of Crab

  • Antioxidant Boost: The excellent source of selenium in crab acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect against chronic diseases. Additionally, the good source of riboflavin in crab may enhance the body's antioxidant production.
  • Pregnancy & Development: Crab is a source of omega-3 fatty acids, essential for a healthy pregnancy and the proper development of the brain, retina, and nerves, especially in children under two.
  • Metabolic Maintenance: Crab is an excellent source of vitamin B12, and copper, which have been linked to improved maintenance of normal connective tissue, red blood cell formation and energy metabolism.