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Spicy Crab Dip Recipe

Spicy Crab Dip Recipe

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 of Marion, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min. YIELD:32 servings


  • 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 eight ingredients. Cover and process until smooth. Transfer to a large microwave-safe bowl. Stir in crab; mix well.
  • 2. Cover and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes or until bubbly. Serve warm with crackers or vegetables. Yield: 4 cups.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 3741999 240810
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2016

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

gsmrcina User ID: 3588167 123953
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014

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

Finkleterri User ID: 7539621 76706
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4839089 96626
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2012

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

jerrydon User ID: 2396304 96625
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

"Great taste and simple to make, what could be better"

Bsager892 User ID: 5434932 164614
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3543743 164784
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5614496 95525
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4392693 123951
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

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

specialkmom User ID: 4392693 95345
Reviewed 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."

xicota User ID: 944314 149971
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"Canned crab meat varies from 4 to 6 oz., so one pound equivalent would be 3 to 4 cans, I would think."

mb1006 User ID: 4273687 76705
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"What about using canned crabmeat? How many would you use?"

sandbert User ID: 4692066 151216
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"We made this recipe for the NASCAR race yesterday.Loved it. The imitation Crab we used started w/ a "C" I really like the one that didn't even try the recipe, was more concerned about the" K" in Crab."

wanell User ID: 1996473 95523
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"I personally get frustrated when people have to give their opinions on recipes' ingredients ,,, if you don't care for the ingredients used please keep it to yourself. The imitation crab is made from fish and I find it very good in recipes even though I love the real and fresh crab also."

dorothyray User ID: 2855132 151214
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"If you have not tried it don't knock it. I think it is great. Great flavor."

[email protected] User ID: 1640704 166275
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"who cares"

Cookerchick User ID: 353994 96624
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2011

"Have not made this. I just wanted to point out that if the recipe calls for imitation (k) crab, it should be spelled with a "K". I personally don't like the fake stuff."

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