My all time favorite appetizer, hands down. When crab dip is good, it can be soooo good. But, when it’s bad …yowza. I’m fortunate enough to live in a place where a bushel of the bay’s best crabs are just a 30 minute drive on the backroads – to Crisfield, Maryland. You buy them directly off of the boat, for insanely cheap price (well, most of the year anyways. They mark them up Memorial Day and July 4th). Jon has converted a beer keg into a cooking vessel – so we can cook a whole bushel at a time. Combine that with a kegerator in the garage and it makes for one awesome crab feast!

If there are any leftover soldiers, I’ll usually pick them to make a batch of crab dip up the following night. It’s so rich and creamy, it really makes a meal. This recipe was given to me by a very dear friend of the family, who shall go unnamed to maintain her anonymity.  But, I love her forever for sharing it with me. It’s just the right balance of everything, really allowing the crab to shine.

One word of caution though, do not to skimp on crab meat. The plastic tubs are usually okay, but that canned stuff is just whack. No one wants crab meat all the way from Vietnam. Enjoy this one if you can, it’s definitely one of my favorites!


  1. Posted May 18, 2012 at 8:43 AM | Permalink

    This looks incredible. I think I’ll make this for hubby’s birthday while we down at Siesta key for a week.

  2. Posted May 18, 2012 at 8:47 AM | Permalink

    while we are* down! lol

  3. Sue
    Posted May 18, 2012 at 8:55 AM | Permalink

    This makes me laugh – your source and my mom must have gotten this recipe from the same newspaper! But you’re right – it’s a great recipe and has been a standard for holidays for years. I tweak it by adding just a little Old Bay.

  4. Posted May 18, 2012 at 10:11 AM | Permalink

    We’re actually having a seafood boil next weekend, so I think a crab dip like this would fit right in =)

  5. Posted May 18, 2012 at 1:10 PM | Permalink

    I *LOVE* crab dip! Thanks for posting!

  6. Posted May 20, 2012 at 6:14 PM | Permalink

    I adore crab dip. How much is a bushel going for these days?

    • Laura
      Posted May 20, 2012 at 7:08 PM | Permalink

      Katie, about $120 a bushel right now.

  7. Posted May 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM | Permalink

    Homebrew and crab dip sounds EXACTLY like my type of feast!

  8. Jackie
    Posted June 30, 2013 at 10:25 PM | Permalink

    I’ve been making this for years. It’s so good.
    The fresh crab in plastic tubs is fine.
    I serve with triscuits. But I use a pound of crab
    And 1 cup of Parmesan cheese.

    Makes a lite dinner.

  9. Raleigh
    Posted December 15, 2017 at 3:36 AM | Permalink

    I made this for Christmas last year and ate the whole tray. I’m going to make it for a party this weekend and share the wealth! Miss you girl! ??????

  10. Sherry
    Posted December 17, 2018 at 1:19 PM | Permalink

    I made this dip for my Christmas party and it went quick. It’s the style of “Dotsey’s” crab dip like what is served at Mackys in OCMD. I just added a little hot sauce and substituted old bay for the salt and paprika. It was creamy and delicious-8 oz of crabmeat was enough. Thanks for sharing!

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