Nontraditional Crab Dip Recipe -
Nontraditional Crab Dip Recipe
  • READY IN 30 mins

Nontraditional Crab Dip

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"Hot Jalapeno Crab cheese spread. Serve hot with crackers or sliced French bread. For a more Mexican taste, replace lemon juice with lime juice and serve with tortilla chips. A hit at all of my parties. Can make dip a day ahead then bake the day of. Super Easy!"

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Original recipe makes 16 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    30 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the cream cheese, imitation crab, green onion, garlic, lemon juice, jalapeno and 1 cup shredded cheese. Transfer to an oven safe serving dish, or nice pie plate. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese over the top.
  3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until the edges are boiling and cheese has melted in the center.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 21, 2006

I have made this a few times. The first time I made it I thought it was a bit to thick and rich. I now use a little less cream chream cheese and add a little sour cream. Everytime I make it, everyone eats it all up - never any left over. I do use real crab though! Haven't tried it with the imitation crab.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 26, 2007

I thought this recipe was kinda bland, but it was a good base. I think that in the future I would ad more spices/veggies. Possibly red peppers, more garlic, onion, etc...


27 Ratings

Dec 26, 2006

Great recipe, everyone loved it. I used real crab and 1 less package of cream cheese, as well as old bay and hot pepper jack cheese w/ jalapeno. I doubled the recipe too.

Aug 18, 2008

Everybody loved it! I combined several of the suggestions from other reviews to make up my own version. I used 12 oz. lite cream cheese, 2 Tbls. lite sour cream, 1 tsp. Old Bay, 1 tsp. jalpenos, Pepper Jack cheese and the juice of one lime (about 2 Tbls). I sprinkled the top with a little more Old Bay, garlic powder and paprika (for color). Great consistency, flavor and presentation. I only cooked it 15-20 min. Served with Tortilla chips.

Apr 08, 2006

Great as a quesadilla filler. Spread on tortilla, sprinkle additional shreaded cheese on top to bind, add diced jalapenos if you are so inclined, top with another tortilla and bake til cheese melts. Serve with avacado, mango and tomato salsa. A huge hit!

May 30, 2007

This was gone before I knew what happened! Lowfat cream cheese worked fine here, I used real crabmeat in a pouch and added extra jalapeno and lemon juice. It was still pretty thick, so I added some lowfat sour cream. The next time I make this I may add a chipotle pepper for a smoky flavor.

Feb 25, 2007

Excellent recipe. A few notes, though. For my tastes, I went heavy on the garlic. I think the addition of artichoke hearts and some freshly shredded parmesan would've been nice. Due to the nature of the consistency of all the cheese, though, you MUST serve it immediately to a hungry crowd. It starts thickening immediately and starts breaking chips quite quickly. That's not the recipe's fault, just the result of so much melted cheese. Also, if you make ahead as the creator suggested you can (which I did and she's right, it's fine) keep in mind that you need to keep it in the oven a little while longer because you're having to heat up your dish and the cold center of the dip. This dip was a huge hit at our dinner party last night. Thanks!

Jan 04, 2007

fantastic! I made this for a New Years Eve party and everyone loved it! I added a 1/2 pkg. thawed chopped spinach and a whole chopped jalapeno for some color & alittle kick. Thanks!


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  • Calories
  • 152 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 3.2 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 43 mg
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 13 g
  • 20%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 5.8 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 258 mg
  • 10%

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

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