Hot crab dip is a wickedly good party appetizer that your guests will absolutely adore. This thick, creamy, decadently cheese dish is also known as Maryland crab dip and is a super tasty recipe which marries lump crab meat with a generous helping of cream cheese, cheese, and spices. Try adding a dash or two of Old Bay seasoning for extra flavor – it's a killer combination!
Lump crab meat from a can is always a safe bet for hot crab dip. You can also use fresh crab meat, however, it's slightly more expensive.
Bread is always a great choice for hot crab dip. Spreading the crab dip over a fresh baguette is always a tasty way to enjoy this dish. Tortilla or pita chips are also delicious, as are crackers.
If you have leftovers or want to make it ahead of time for a party, you can freeze hot crab dip. Let it cool completely before storing in the freezer. When you're ready to reheat it, heat it slowly over a low heat to prevent the cheese from separating. That said, this dish tastes best straight out of the oven.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mix all of the ingredients except the crab meat in a large bowl.
Once combined, gently fold in crab meat.
Spread the dip evenly across a small baking dish. Bake for about 20-25 minutes.
It should bubble up and be completely heated through. Serve while hot.