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Creamy Crab Cheesecake

A savory appetizer cheesecake such as this one, dotted with tender crabmeat, is sure to grab the attention and tempt the taste buds of party guests. It's an elegant spread that you make ahead, so there's no last-minute fuss.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + cooling Bake: 35 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    20-24 appetizer servings


  • 1 cup crushed butter-flavored crackers (about 25 crackers)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sour cream, divided
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons grated onion
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon seafood seasoning
  • 2 drops hot pepper sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup crabmeat, drained, flaked and cartilage removed
  • Additional seafood seasoning, optional


  • In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom of the greased 9-in. springform pan. Place pan on baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Place pan on a wire rack. Reduce heat to 325°.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and 1/4 cup sour cream until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low just until combined. Add onion, lemon juice, seafood seasoning, hot pepper sauce and pepper; beat just until blended. Fold in crab. Pour over crust. Return pan to baking sheet.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen. Cool 1 hour longer. Spread remaining sour cream over top. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove sides of pan. Let cheesecake stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with seafood seasoning if desired. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 114 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 133mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.
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  • phillips66
    Nov 29, 2012

    I have made this delicious crab cheesecake for the holidays. Print up some copies of the recipe since you will be asked for it many times. I use Ritz in the crust as well as a spreadable cracker at the gathering. Oooh, it is so good like Mr. Food aslways said.

  • mikelssword
    Dec 7, 2011

    I made this appetizer cheesecake to take to a Christmas last Saturday and it was wonderful. I had a lot of request for the recipe and I plan to make it two more times.

  • Stacey4
    Jul 2, 2010

    My family goes crabbing several times throughout the year and I am always looking for new ways to use the crab. Crab cheesecake sounded kind of weird to me and I had this recipe for years before I finally decided to make it. I took this cheesecake to a BBQ and everyone raved! It was so good. Glad I decided to make it!

  • QueenAnna
    Mar 18, 2010

    I made this for a new years eve party and got great responses. It was wonderful.