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Baked Crab Dip Recipe

Baked Crab Dip Recipe

We enjoyed this exquisite dip at my grandson's wedding reception. It looks fancy but is easy to make. You can even fill the bread bowl early in the day and chill it until serving. Just remove it from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. —Marie Shelley, Exeter, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. YIELD:40 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) crabmeat, drained, flaked and cartilage removed or 2 cups flaked imitation crabmeat
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 round loaves (1 pound each) unsliced sourdough or Italian bread
  • Additional sliced green onions, optional
  • Assorted fresh vegetables, crackers


  • 1. In a bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sour cream; mix well. Fold in crab, cheese and onions. Cut the top third off each loaf of bread; carefully hollow out bottoms, leaving 1-in. shells. Cube removed bread and tops; set aside. Spoon crab mixture into bread bowls. Place on baking sheets. Place reserved bread cubes in a single layer around bread bowls.
  • 2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until the dip is heated through. Garnish with green onions if desired. Can be served with assorted fresh vegetables or crackers or toasted bread cubes. Yield: 5 cups.

Recipe Note

Tip: The bread can be filled earlier and refrigerated until 1-1/2 hours before serving. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 100 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 140mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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DGrenig User ID: 7135713 231337
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2015

"OMG......this crab dip was awesome and very easy to fix, did not add or delete anything. I made it with 2 cups of crabmeat instead of the can crabmeat and everyone just devoured it. This will be one of my special go to appetizers from now on."

stirringitup User ID: 6809908 223984
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2015

"This recipe sounds wonderful. Is it just as good when you use the imitation crab meat?"

Luckygator7 User ID: 8057625 204234
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2014

"Made this for a party last night and it was a huge hit! So simple to make"

Habsfan8728 User ID: 7709922 31561
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2014

"Loved it, easy to make, easier to eat!"

darcidaniel User ID: 3149097 78130
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2013

"Very best crab dip EVER!"

sweetgrannyk User ID: 7184732 36003
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2013

"it was great andi would make again"

ljpen2012 User ID: 6629873 35979
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012

"This was a huge hit at the party..people that did not like crab wanted the recipe to this..was so good.. my husband asked for me to make again...what a hit.."

msanita User ID: 6977987 35971
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2012

"I make this every year for our Christmas eve party.. love it"

jonesmr11 User ID: 1438192 72548
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2012

"I am used to making Paula Deen's Hot Crab Dip recipe. I thought I'd try something different for a change. This was not very good. I was surprised too, because it sounds wonderful, but we were very disappointed."

cranewalden User ID: 1127629 88559
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2012

"I made this for a family function a few months ago. It was an immediate hit and was quickly gone...even the bread bowl! Now my grandnephew has asked that I make it again for his birthday. This is a real winner."

jho2003 User ID: 3191857 35815
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2011

"I brought this to Christmas and it was a hit. I did not bake it, i just warmed it in a crockpot. I also added a few tbsp of cocktail sauce and used fresh crab."

carmen1112 User ID: 1604592 31560
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

"I made this for a party and everyone loved it!!"

jillea User ID: 1763985 31559
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"This recipe was excellent! So easy to make with very little prep work. Was a big hit at a family party. I will be making it again and will try adding the hot sauce. Thank you for sharing."

SemperCooking User ID: 4495950 85992
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2010

"Excellent dip! Made 1/2 recipie to try first. Only changes I would make (base on 1/2 recipie) decrease sour cream to 3/4 cup, dbl crab - or add real crab pieces, dbl green onion. Great base to add you favorites to! My wife said to keep it as a favorite!"

sunny41 User ID: 3999020 86349
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2010

"I added some garlic salt, red peppers, and a bit of hot sauce."

[email protected] User ID: 3757174 79115
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2009

"Delicious and easy! I made it ahead of time and took it to an event....I looked like a star!"

Mo-mom User ID: 4436841 79114
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2009

"I took this to a family function and everyone loved it. The only change I made was adding in hot sauce while folding in the crab. Will make again."

Nancywea21 User ID: 3494800 85991
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2008

"I made this for my family and we loved it. I did add 1/2 tsp garlic salt and about 1/4 tsp garlic powder. I will make this again!!"

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