Spicy Maryland Crab Dip Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Spicy Maryland Crab Dip Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Spicy Maryland Crab Dip

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"A delicious hot crab and cheese dip that comes straight from the heart of the Chesapeake Bay! Serve with crackers or a warm baguette."

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Original recipe makes 2 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    45 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease a 1 quart baking dish.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, garlic powder and about 2 tablespoons of the Cheddar cheese. Fold in crabmeat, hot sauce and 2 tablespoons seafood seasoning.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Top with remaining Cheddar cheese and seafood seasoning. Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until bubbly and lightly browned.
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 31, 2007

okay, I just had to come write a review. This is one of the first recipes I printed off of here when I joined in 2003. Well, it is by far the one I have used/made/shared most often. It is DELICIOUS!! I get requests from my family members all of the time. I follow the directions exactly and always put it in a bread bowl. Yummo! Today will be my 6th New Year's Eve that I make it - it is a tradition. The only thing I modify is the amount of Old Bay - some people don't like it that strong (I do) - so I use slightly less. You have to make this!!! I'll try to remember to take a picture today and upload it. P.S. - I transfer the mixture to my bread bowl, wrap in foil, and bake for at LEAST 30-45 minutes. Perfect! Just take to your gathering in the foil, unwrap and ta-dah!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 17, 2008

I made this for a work party and it was okay. I still have 1/2 left. I love crab, but I even thought this was okay. I followed the directions mostly - left out the hot sauce and used 1 tbsp of Old Bay as most people suggested. I even cooked it for 45 minutes, because it didn't seem to set. It was very runny. I probably won't do this again, sorry.

Dec 23, 2003

As a Marylander I can vouch for it's authencicity! One thing I found is that it was too salty with 3 TBSP of Mcormick's Old Bay seasoning (it may not be with other brands) I took it down to a little less than 1 TBSP and it was perfect, absolutely delicious. I've found some of the restaraunt brand seafood seasoning to be better than Old Bay, (less salty) I'll have to try that next time!

Dec 22, 2007

I love this recipe. It is true Maryland Crab Dip to me. I messed up and added more cheese than it called for but it turned out to be so delicious, I have continued adding more cheese. I use 1 bag of shredded cheeses...a blend instead of just cheddar. I usually use the 4 cheese shredded bag. Everyone loves this dip so much, I have given out the recipe at least a dozen times.

Feb 22, 2008

A real taste of Balmer hon! (That's Baltimore for those who aren't from Maryland.) I was shocked at how many crab recipes on here don't have Old Bay as an ingredient. Living most of my life in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, I would have sworn that making crab without Old Bay was illegal. ;) I did put only one dash of hot sauce though, and I used a Mexican blend cheese because that's what I had on hand. I used this to make crab pretzels along with the "Buttery Soft Pretzels" recipe also from this site. For those not from this area, a crab pretzel is a soft pretzel with crab dip spread on top. Everyone loved them.

Aug 18, 2006

My boyfriend and I visited Maryland for Spring Break and ate crab dip at nearly every meal. After returning to KY we missed it so much we were determined to find a similar recipe. This one is dead on. We make it all the time and if pressed have even used fake crab. This recipe is wonderful!!! Serve on slices of italian bread.

Feb 04, 2011

This was ok. It was good but not exciting. I think next time I will try it with Parmesan instead of the cheddar. I added a can on small shrimp also.

Jun 22, 2003

As a Marylander, I have tried many crab dip recipes and this one by far is the best---just the perfect amount of cheese, lemon and Old Bay. My family and friends thank you for sharing your recipe!


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  • Calories
  • 111 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 35 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 9.2 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 5.9 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 152 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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