Creamy Crab Dip Recipe

Creamy Crab Dip recipe with a hint of jalapenos, peppers, celery in a creamy garlic cream cheese mixture is phenomenal. The dip is served cold and takes about 10 minutes to prepare from start to finish and can be prepared in advance.

If you’re looking to serve a dip hot, this Hot Crab Dip Recipe is a must try!

Creamy Crab Dip in a bowl with crackers.

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Cold Crab Dip-

I love this particular crab dip and that it’s served cold. It makes for a great appetizer for parties, family get-togethers or to keep refrigerated for yourself because you’re awesome and deserve it. This is a great make-ahead dip. If serving this at a gathering use this cute serving tray to serve the dip.

TIP: If you like spicy food, add some Tabasco or Sriracha to the dip. I’m the only one that likes spicy so I just add drizzle some Sriracha over the dip in my plate.

Creamy crab dip in a bowl with cracker.

How to Make Easy Crab Dip-

  • Chop crab into cubes.
  • Finely chop celery, jalapenos and red pepper.
  • Combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, cream cheese, garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Add cream cheese mixture to remaining ingredients. Mix well.

How to cut the ingredients for crab dip. crab, jalapeno, pepper, and celery chopped.

Mix all the ingredients for the mayo dressing.


What kind of crab meat can I use?

Imitation crab meat, canned crab or fresh crab meat may be used.

What can I serve crab dip with?

You can serve this dip with a side of crackers, bagel crisps or tortilla chips. Carrots or celery may also be used instead of chips.

Four crackers with crab dip on them with crumbs all around.

Other crab recipes to try:

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5 from 3 votes

Creamy Crab Dip

Creamy Crab Dip in a garlic cream cheese mixture with crab, jalapenos and red pepper, served cold. The dip is ready in 10 minutes and makes a wonderful appetizer or side dish for parties. 
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crab dip
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 160kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner


  • 8 oz crab meat
  • 6 canned jalapeno rings, finely chopped
  • 1/3 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, room temp
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • tabasco or sriracha, optional
  • serve with crackers, bagel crisps or tortilla chips


  • Chop crab meat. Finely chop pepper, celery, and jalapenos.
  • In a bowl combine sour cream, mayonnaise, cream cheese, garlic, lightly season with salt and pepper. 
    Mix all the ingredients together. Refrigerate until ready to be enjoyed.
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Crab Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 160 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 149mg6%
Potassium 93mg3%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 590IU12%
Vitamin C 20.2mg24%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Show 16 Comments
  • Rick Fiset 01/03/2020, 1:35 am Link Reply

    How long will it stay good in the fridge?

    • Valentina's Corner 01/03/2020, 11:41 am Link Reply

      Rick, it will last about 3-4 days in an airtight container, refrigerated.

  • Joyce 06/25/2019, 9:31 pm Link Reply

    I’m confused, in the list of ingredients it just says,. 8 crab meat??
    Not sure what that means

    • Valentina's Corner 06/26/2019, 1:13 am Link Reply

      Oh no. Thank you, Joyce, for catching that, it’s fixed. 🙂

  • Natasha 01/28/2019, 12:51 pm Link Reply

    I want to make this tonight but I’m a little confused. The top of the recipe says to use tomatoes the bottom says to use red pepper. Which one should I use in this recipe? Thank you ?

    • Valentina's Corner 01/28/2019, 12:56 pm Link Reply

      Oh, no! Thanks for catching that, Natasha. That was just a typo, the recipe is updated. You’ll need to use red pepper (though you can substitute for tomato). Enjoy and thanks for visiting our online home. =)

  • Morgan 01/23/2019, 4:09 pm Link Reply

    I absolutely love this crab dip! I always add some siracha and it just adds so much flavor! It’s so easy to make and so creamy!

    • Valentina's Corner 01/24/2019, 6:17 pm Link Reply

      Morgan, I’m so happy to hear that! This crab dip is a keep, especially for parties!

  • Cameryn 01/21/2019, 5:44 pm Link Reply

    This is a great appetizer! So creamy and perfect with some crackers. Our family loves this dip with some celery and cut-up fresh cucumbers! Another great recipe!

    • Valentina's Corner 01/21/2019, 8:24 pm Link Reply

      Thanks so much, Cameryn. Celery and fresh cucumbers are the way to go with this crab dip! 🙂

  • Kathleen Woller 07/02/2018, 1:48 pm Link Reply

    I’m making with fresh crab meat, chopped shrimp and roasted jalapeños.thanks for the recipe.

    • admin 07/03/2018, 7:42 pm Link Reply

      Oh that sounds wonderful, Kathleen. I want to come over to your house for that version. 🙂 🙂

  • D 07/01/2018, 10:03 pm Link Reply

    Great recipe for imitaion crab, Nice flavor and not too creamy…if you want a recipe with fresh jalepeno and real crab there are plenty of those, this isn’t it.

    • admin 07/03/2018, 7:41 pm Link Reply

      Thanks so much, D! We appreciate you visiting our online home. Come and visit again. 🙂

  • Donna 05/20/2018, 8:17 pm Link Reply

    Why not real crab meat and fresh jalapeno’s because fake crab and canned jalapeno taste better?

    • admin 05/21/2018, 5:23 pm Link Reply

      Fresh crab meat and fresh jalapenos sound wonderful and would be great in this recipe! 🙂

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