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 tablespoon: 82 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 133mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g 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 240810
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2016

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

gsmrcina 123953
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014

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

Finkleterri 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 96626
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2012

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

jerrydon 96625
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

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

Bsager892 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 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 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 123951
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

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

specialkmom 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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