Cream Cheese Crab Dip

Easy Cream Cheese Crab Dip For Dinner Parties

This delicious Cream Cheese Crab Dip is perfect for big dinner parties like Christmas or Thanksgiving and makes an excellent game day dip for hungry sports fans. Plus it only takes 10 minutes to make.

10 Minute Crab Dip?!

Alright folks. Let’s do this! You don’t have time to read about how this recipe has been served at every fancy Christmas party my Aunt Bobbi has ever thrown and the nostalgic feelings of Christmases past. You’re here to make some cream cheese crab dip so let’s get started. Shall we?

Start by getting your ingredients together. You’ll need a pound of cream cheese. That’s right. A whole pound. And none of that reduced fat crap. 1 reduced fat doesn’t mix well and 2 full fat cream cheese has fat in it which is where all the flavor in food is. Use reduced fat and you’ll have bland dip. Next, you’ll need a cup of mayo, again, full fat.

McCormick Dried Minced Onions

You will also need dried minced onions. You can find them in any grocery store in the spice aisle in the McCormick brand display.

Quick Note On Dry Toasting In A Skillet

You’re going to be dry toasting or dry roasting those dried minced onions. The flavor that comes out when you’re done is intensely umami, just like the onions on an onion bagel. Start with a small skillet and preheat it over medium heat. No oil is necessary and that’s why it’s called dry toasting. Also, I keep saying toasting, but no toaster is involved in the process. Add 1/4 cup of the dried minced onions and toast in the skillet until they’ve turned golden brown.

Toasted Dried Minced Onions

The whole process takes 3-5 minutes. Make sure you watch it carefully so that they don’t burn otherwise they’ll be bitter and will ruin your cream cheese crab dip.
Gold's Prepared Horseradish

Prepared Horseradish Is Where It’s At!

Now it’s time for the spicy stuff. Relax it’s not that hot. The fat in the cream cheese and mayo will cut most of the heat right out. I use hot prepared horse radish to give the dip some kick, which can find in the dairy section of your grocery store because it needs to be refrigerated. Of course the people at my local grocery store had no idea where it was (I feel like I’m building a collection of stories of clueless supermarket employees), but I managed to find it by the cream cheese.

You’ll also need a little dijon. Some seasoned salt, garlic powder, and chopped fresh parsley

Chicken Of The Sea Lump Crabmeat

Where Do I Get Crab Meat?

This recipe calls for lump crab meat, and no i’m not going to make you go to your local fishmonger to buy fresh crab meat. I’m not GOOP. We’re all on budgets here. The fish section of your local grocery store should have canned lump crab meat stocked and, if they don’t, it’s behind the counter. All you have to do is ask. When it’s called, lump crab meat, that means that it comes from the inside body of the crab, more specifically, the it’s broken pieces of the large muscles connected to Mr. Krabs’ swimming legs. Lump crab meat is bright white when cooked and is the preferred meat in crab cakes due to its small size and flaky texture. And yes, canned crab meat comes pre cooked.

Just take it out of the can and break up the lumps.

How Do I Mix This Cream cheese Crab Dip?

OK. Start with a large mixing bowl, and believe me, you’re going to need a large one. Mix the cream cheese, mayo, 3 tablespoons toasted dried minced onions, horseradish, Dijon mustard, and seasoned salt, until well combined. Next, fold in the lump crab meat garlic powder, and chopped fresh parsley


I. I understand that, but how? How do you fold it? Do you fold it in half like a piece of paper and drop it in the pot, or what do you do?

HAHAHA I’ve been watching Schitt’s Creek and it’s freakin hilarious. You should check it out!

Anyway, folding is a gentle way of combining two ingredients. The idea is to gently blend the crab meat into the cream cheese mixture without breaking it into a stringy mess. Pour the dip into a serving bowl and garnish by sprinkling the remaining tablespoon

Fritos scoops

How To Serve This Cream Cheese Crab Dip At A Party

So, this dip is kind of heavy. I mean that in the sense that, yes it’s a heavy meal, but the dip itself is actually quite weighty. Therefore, you need a sturdy chip to dip! I’ve tried this with many, many, different chips and I found that Fritos Scoops are the sturdiest.

There ya have it! A cream cheese crab dip perfect for any large party, be it a holiday gathering, game day, or just a potluck. Go forth, kids! Be crabby!

PS. There’s something wrong with me. In this post, I use the word crab 20 times in the post but every time I typed it out I wrote crap. So yes, the original draft of this post is for crap dip using canned crap meat.

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Cream Cheese Crab Dip

This delicious Cream Cheese Crab Dip is perfect for big dinner parties, holidays,  and makes an excellent game day dip for hungry sports fans. Plus it only takes 10 minutes to make.

Course Dip
Cuisine American
Keyword Cocktail Party Dip, Game Day Dip, Lump Crab Meat, Potluck Ideas
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 Cups
Author Matt Cetta


  • 1/4 Cup Dried Minced Onion
  • 16 Ounces Softened Cream Cheese
  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Prepared Horseradish
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Teaspoon Seasoned Salt
  • 1 Pound Lump Crab Meat separated into chunks
  • 3 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley chopped
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Garlic powder


  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add dried minced onions and toast in the skillet until golden brown, stirring occasionally (About 3-5 minutes). Remove from heat and allow to cool room temperature.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons toasted dried minced onion, prepared horseradish, dijon mustard, and seasoned salt.

  3. Fold in lump crabmeat, garlic powder, and 2 tablespoons parsley.

  4. Garnish with leftover toasted dried minced onions and parsley.

Recipe Notes

*Serve with a sturdy dipping chip such as Fritos scoops.

Make this ahead of time to allow the flavors to blend.

Allow to come to room temperature before serving.

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One response to “Easy Cream Cheese Crab Dip For Dinner Parties”

  1. I love love LOVE this ~ and of course the Fritos are the perfect finishing touch!

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