This simple Hot Crab Dip is so easy to make and is so addictive! This creamy dip is loaded with crab meat, red pepper, corn, jalapenos, and loads of cheese, it is the ultimate appetizer recipe served with homemade homemade crostini or tortilla chips.

A white casserole dish with crab dip topped with fresh chopped greens.

This crab dip goes so well when served with finger foods at a party and is just as popular as the rotel cheese dip and buffalo chicken dip for parties.

We love serving this cheesy hot crab dip for parties and around the holidays! The crab meat combined with the corn, peppers, celery, jalapenos, and cheese comes together so well when baked, so GOOD!

A spoonful of creamy hot crab.

Ingredients for Hot Crab Dip-

The ingredients for this hot crab dip recipe are so basic, here is what we need for the dip:

  • Crabmeat– We use imitation crab for this recipe but you can use fresh crab meat or canned lump crab meat.
  • Celery– Finely chopped celery for extra flavor.
  • Red Pepper– We love adding finely chopped red pepper for extra flavor.
  • Jalapeno– Fresh or canned jalapenos will work great for this dip.
  • Corn– Canned or fresh corn can be used for this recipe.
  • Cream Cheese– You will need room temp or softened cream cheese for this dip.
  • Mayonnaise– This gives you more creaminess.
  • Sour Cream– Acts as a thinning agent for the cream cheese.
  • Shredded Cheese– Any of your favorite shredded cheese will work great for this recipe. We like to use shredded colby jack, mild cheddar cheese, or Mexican blend.
  • Seasoning– We like to season with salt and pepper to taste. You can also add garlic powder for more flavor if you like!
Chef’s Tip– For an extra kick, we like to add hot sauce to the dip!
White casserole dish loaded with creamy hot crab dip topped with fresh chopped greens.

How to Make Hot Crab Dip Recipe

This dip recipe is so easy to prepare and can totally be ready to bake in just 10 minutes!

  1. Prep ingredients– Finely chop up the celery, red pepper, and jalapeno. Cube the crab meat or finely chop the crab meat.
  2. Combine– In a medium bowl, add the prepared crab, chopped veggies, corn, cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, and shredded cheese and mix until well combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Bake– Transfer the crab dip mixture into a baking dish and bake until warmed and bubbly and the cheese is melted.
  4. Serve with crostini or chips.
Step by step collage of how to make creamy hot crab dip.


Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes, prepare this dip up to a day in advance and refrigerate. Once ready to bake, bake according to instructions.

Can I freeze crab dip?

We do not recommend freezing this crab dip. Store this crab dip in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Can I cook this crab dip in the slow cooker?

Yes, once combined add into the slow cooker and cook on low for 2 hours.

How do I reheat crab dip?

To reheat, add just add the casserole dish back to the oven and bake until reheated.

A bagel crispy loaded with creamy crab dip.

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Hot Crab Dip with Cream Cheese

Author: Valentina
5 from 4 votes
This simple Hot Crab Dip is so easy to make and is so addictive! This creamy dip is loaded with crab meat, red pepper, corn, jalapenos, and loads of cheese, it is the ultimate appetizer recipe served with homemade Crostini or tortilla chips.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


  • 12 oz crab meat (canned, imitation, or fresh meat), chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1/2 medium red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 large jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 1 cup corn, fresh or canned
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temp
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper


  • Cube crab meat, depending on desired dip consistency. Finely chop celery stalk, pepper, and jalapeno. Combine all chopped ingredients in bowl. Add drained corn.
  • In a bowl combine cream cheese, mayo and sour cream. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add cream cheese mixture and cheese to the vegetables/crab meat. Mix everything.
  • Transfer to a baking dish.
  • Bake in preheated oven to 355°F for about 25-35 minutes or until bubbly.


474kcal Calories17g Carbs20g Protein36g Fat15g Saturated Fat98mg Cholesterol932mg Sodium290mg Potassium1g Fiber3g Sugar1120IU Vitamin A16.9mg Vitamin C241mg Calcium1.4mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Hot Crab Dip with Cream Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 474 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 98mg33%
Sodium 932mg41%
Potassium 290mg8%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 1120IU22%
Vitamin C 16.9mg20%
Calcium 241mg24%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)