Hot Crab Dip
Appetizers…………mmmmm, a meal can be made on some of the wonderful recipes there are around like this gorgeous Hot Crab Dip. This recipe, I kindly got from my girlfriend Nan. She has brought this to our home before and it was gobbled down in a matter of minutes by all the hungry patrons at our dinner party. This appetizer is elegant enough to serve at a New Year’s Eve bash or fits right into a game day party. It is easy to make and very versatile too.
Nan usually adds in Sambel Oelek but we couldn’t locate that, luckily we had Harrisa on hand which worked beautifully. Any ground chili paste will work well, just alternating the taste slightly but still giving the dip a lovely warming spice. You can add more than the recipe calls for if you like it spicier. For us the 2 tsp. were just perfect!
Doesn’t that look amazing, well, you are right it is. Just a few simple ingredients are added together and then bumped up with an amazing chili paste. You could also use sriracha which is more widely available too.
Put this dip out and watch the crowds appear to gobble it down. Whatever the reason or the season, this will be a sure fire hit!!
The appetizer can also be made ahead of time and then just popped into the oven when company arrive. Nothing could be easier than that!! Some dips call for imitation crab but this is not the place for that. You want good quality canned crab for this appetizer.
I first tried the dip with the above wheat crackers but loved it even more with a roasted red pepper cracker. Find what you like, little pita chips would be great too.
Hot Crab Dip
An easy but extremely delicious Hot Crab Dip will have you making this recipe again and again all year round!
- 1 (8oz.) light cream cheese, softened
- 2 tsp. Harissa, Sambal Oelek or Sriracha
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 (120 gm.) can crab meat, drained
- 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- Baguettes or crackers of your choice
- Preheat oven to 350F. In a standup mixer or by hand, mix together the cream cheese, Harissa, and mayonnaise very well. Stir in the crab meat. Place dip in an oven proof container and top with Parmesan cheese. Refrigerate at this point covered or place in the oven and bake for 25-30 min. until lightly browned and bubbling. Serve with baguettes or crackers of your choice.
Comments & Reviews
The Ninja Baker says
Your crab dip looks perfect for NYE =) Thanks, Tara! Pinning and Tweeting =)
Tara Noland says
Thank you so much, kindly appreciated!!
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
That sounds so good. Crab dip is incredibly delicious. It’s one of my favorite foods. This recipe sound EXCEPTIONALLY yummy.
OHHHH this is perfect for New Years EVE! This would not last even 5 minutes with the people I am going to have a party with! YUM!
Hot crab dip is my favorite! I should make some for tomorrow night’s festivities!
Ann B says
This is going to be perfect for my New Year’s Eve festivities. I am sure this recipe will be a big hit.
Jennifer H says
This sounds like a great appetizer for parties or gatherings. I can see my hubby eating the whole bowl though!
Yum! I made a similar recipe for Christmas Eve. Crab dip is the perfect holiday appetizer.
Dawn Gibson-Thigpen says
omg i love crab dip. this look so good. i never had it hot though. its always been a cold dish. very yummy
Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place says
That crab dip recipe looks divine! Bookmarking this the next time I make one for the family!
I just found out this year that I LOVE crab dip. I have been eating it cold, but it seems hot would taste better.
What temp do you bake at?
Tara Noland says
Whoops, sorry for the omission. It is 350F and I have corrected that now.
Rachael Yerkes says
Hot crab dip is my FAVORITE! This looks perfectly easy too. What a great addition to any party or football watching spread. Thanks for sharing.
Yummy! Haven’t found a person yet who doesn’t like this dip. Better served hot (but still great cold). Enjoy!