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
Featured In: Spicy Appetizers
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: 82 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 133mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 2g 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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katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 240810
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2016

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

gsmrcina User ID: 3588167 123953
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014

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

Finkleterri User ID: 7539621 76706
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."

cmvjvca User ID: 4839089 96626
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2012

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

jerrydon User ID: 2396304 96625
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

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

Bsager892 User ID: 5434932 164614
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"I like mine with a little chopped up celery to give it crunch and color. I remember when imitation crab first came out many years ago, it was spelled with a K to differentiate it from real crabmeat in recipes. The original marketers might have spelled it that way, also."

bellville User ID: 3543743 164784
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2011

"Imitation Crab meat adds color to this recipe. You could use 2 cans crab meat, drained and some Imitation crab meat for eye appeal."

imfatandhappy User ID: 5614496 95525
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2011

"I love this dip on crackers. Very tasty.

I have never, ever heard of spelling imitation crap meat with a K. Where did this come from? Imitation crab, lobster, etc. are excellent foods: fat-free, very high protein, and reasonably priced. Makes a wonderful seafood salad, or when added to a tossed salad. It is, after all, real seafood."

specialkmom User ID: 4392693 123951
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"P.S.~The imitation crab meat was quite tasty. The recipe was just lacking. :)"

specialkmom User ID: 4392693 95345
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"Wasn't bad, I just wouldn't call it "Spicy" and I am a wimp. Added seasoned salt and "Tony's" spicy cajun seasoning...still a little bland. Maybe it will be better cold. Will see tomorrow."

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