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Spicy Crab Dip

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 15 min.


4 cups

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, Marion, Illinois
Spicy Crab Dip Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. In a food processor, combine the first 8 ingredients. Cover and process until smooth. Transfer to a large microwave-safe bowl. Stir in crab; mix well.
  2. Cover and microwave on high until bubbly, 2-3 minutes. Serve warm with crackers or vegetables.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 82 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 133mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • katlaydee3
    Jan 1, 2016

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

  • gsmrcina
    Nov 13, 2014

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

  • Finkleterri
    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
    Feb 26, 2012

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

  • jerrydon
    Feb 25, 2012

    Great taste and simple to make, what could be better

  • Bsager892
    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
    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
    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
    Mar 7, 2011

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

  • specialkmom
    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.