Spicy Crab Dip

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 15 min.


4 cups

Updated: Apr. 25, 2022
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


  • 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.

Spicy Crab Dip Tips

How long is crab dip good for in the fridge?

Crab dip will stay fresh in a covered container in the fridge for 3-5 days.

Can I freeze crab dip with cream cheese?

Yes! You can freeze this crab dip even with cream cheese, but keep in mind that the texture and consistency may change slightly. Thaw in the fridge the night before you plan to serve it and give it a good stir after reheating in the microwave to recombine the ingredients.

What goes good with crab dip?

This crab dip goes good with veggie dippers as well as crackers and baguette slices. Check out more fantastic party dip recipes, like buffalo chicken dip, mango guacamole and hot pizza dip. Research contributed by Sarah Fischer, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant
Microwave-1,100 watt
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.