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Spicy Crab Dip Recipe
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Spicy Crab Dip Recipe

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With cayenne pepper and hot sauce (both optional!), this delicious dip doubles up on the heat. Chock-full of crabmeat, this appetizer feels special, yet it only takes minutes to prepare. -Carol Forcum of Marion, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons white wine or white grape juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, optional
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 pound imitation crabmeat, chopped
  • Assorted crackers or fresh vegetables

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons dip (calculated without crackers or vegetables) equals 82 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 133 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a food processor, combine the first eight ingredients. Cover and process until smooth. Transfer to a large microwave-safe bowl. Stir in crab; mix well.
  2. Cover and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes or until bubbly. Serve warm with crackers or vegetables. Yield: 4 cups.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Spicy Crab Dip in Simple & Delicious September/October 2008, p31

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Jan. 1, 2016

"This was delicious as our New Year's appetizer served with a variety of crackers."

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014

"You don't have to heat it in the can also be served cold!"

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2013

"This was a huge hit at my party. I added pickled jalapenos for extra flavor and spice. Definitely best served warm."

Reviewed Feb. 26, 2012

"I brought this to a party, and it was the hit of the party, everyone wants the recipe."

Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

"Great taste and simple to make, what could be better"

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