Try This: Hot Crab Dip Recipe

Perfect for holiday parties and potlucks alike, this rich, warming dish is sure to please.

Photo Courtesy of Bonnie Raley Photography


Whether hosting an office potluck, a Friendsgiving celebration or a holiday soiree, it’s hard to go wrong with crab dip. The indulgent crowd-pleaser is easy to whip up, too, making it great for gatherings and last minute entertaining. Paoli’s HomeCooked shares its signature recipe, yielding three cups, which is also available ready-made in store. Owner Claire Guarino says the recipe can easily be doubled or tripled for larger crowds and can also be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to two days.



  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 4 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup shred cheddar or Monterey Jack blend cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic (about three cloves)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 cup lump or jumbo lump crabmeat
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup grated or shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning



  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Put crabmeat in a bowl and cover with milk. Let rest 15-20 minutes. Drain and dispose of milk.
  • Mix first six ingredients (sour cream, cream cheese, cheddar of Monterey Jack cheese, minced fresh garlic, black pepper and dried dill) in a bowl by hand. Gently fold in the crabmeat to avoid breaking into smaller pieces.
  • Transfer the dip into a sprayed oven-safe dish.
  • Mix parmesan cheese with Old Bay Seasoning. Sprinkle on top of dip.
  • Bake uncovered until heated through, about 15-20 minutes.
  • Serve with crackers, vegetables or baguette slices.


The dish can also be frozen for up to one month—just skip the parmesan mix and instead add it to the dish once thawed, just before baking.

Recipe courtesy of HomeCooked.