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Chesapeake Crab Dip

Many of the Maryland Green School students work to improve the health of our local treasure, the Chesapeake Bay. Crab stars in this creamy dip that highlights the importance of their efforts. —Carol Brzezinski, Marriottsville, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    2-1/4 cups


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 3 cans (6 ounces each) lump crabmeat, drained
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • Assorted crackers


  • In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream, lemon juice, mustard, seafood seasoning and garlic salt. Fold in crab. Transfer to a greased 9-in. pie plate. Sprinkle with cheese and paprika.
  • Bake at 325° until bubbly, 20-25 minutes. Serve warm with crackers. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
3 tablespoons (calculated without crackers): 166 calories, 12g fat (8g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 307mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 12g protein.

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  • Shosho54
    Dec 14, 2017

    Good start. Made this for thanksgiving and was a hit. I used Old Bay seasoning . Loved it!

  • lepleyracing
    Jan 23, 2016

    This was real good with a few changes. With looking at the ingredients I knew would need more seasoning. I forgot the lemon juice and doubled the seafood seasoning. I also added seafood seasoning instead of the paprika on top. We all enjoyed this.

  • ppolen
    Jan 20, 2015

    Very tasty! I added more Old Bay seasoning for more flavor.

  • ppolen
    Jan 20, 2015

    Very tasty! I added more Old Bay seasoning for even more flavor.

  • KapaluaPrincess
    Feb 10, 2014

    As a lover of crab, this recipe caught my eye. I was looking for an easy appetizer to make for a dinner party. I made it according to the directions and it was a big hit! Everyone loved the cheesy flavor.

  • jms_surprise
    Jan 1, 2014

    Made this for New Years Eve party. Great taste and creamy texture. I used 2 cans of crab and a cup of chopped shrimp... lots of yummmms!

  • BeckyDeKryger
    Dec 29, 2013


  • anne_b
    Dec 28, 2013

    Thank you thank you thank you... Little pot of gold!

  • rebelwithoutaclue
    Dec 26, 2013

    Since we have already gone way over budget this holiday season, I will substitute 1 1/4 lbs of chopped fresh shrimp. Our shrimp guy is on the corner every Thursday with 24 to 36 hour fresh from his boat in the Gulf at $5.00 per lbs. I think I am safe that this will also turn out great.

  • SingerRinger
    Dec 26, 2013

    I can't go back "home" to Michigan without a casserole of anything crab since my transplant to Maryland! During my last trip I actually found Maryland lump crab meat for $32.00 a pound but decided to bite the bullet and get it so I could please a family member. This recipe is very good but there are many. Pick up a Maryland Recipe Book and you'll be happy forever if you like good seafood!