The Best Crab Dip (in the whole wide world)

July 1, 2015

A hefty claim, I know, to deem this recipe “The best crab dip in the whole wide world”, but when it hits the appetizer table, they swarm and it’s………. gone. And between mouthfuls while already scooping another bite all you hear is, “Oh my gosh. This is SO good.” No really, that is the only way to describe it. It’s one of those special occasion dips (one, because it’s a little pricy to make, and two, because it takes a little longer than throwing together a cheese plate), but worth. Every. Penny. My mother-in-law has been making this for years and like all of her famous appetizers (this one and this one from my mom) I feel that it is my duty to share the goodness with you all. If you like crab with a little kick, this one is for you.

the best crab dip

To start, sautee onion, celery, green pepper, and green onion in butter until tender (about 5 minutes).

the best crab dip

Add mayonnaise, creole mustard, chopped parsley, worchestershire, salt, cayenne, tabasco, white pepper, black pepper and egg – so many flavors. So much GOODNESS!

the best crab dip

For the crab meat, I use Phillips Lump Crab (bought at Costco for about $20) and for really special occasions I splurge for the JUMBO lump variety for about $25. Like I said, the dip is a little expensive, but ask anyone in my family and they will tell you it’s worth it.

the best crab dip

Be sure to squeeze all excess water out of the crab meat using a paper towel and/or strainer and then gently fold the crab meat into the mixture leaving the lumps in tact.

the best crab dip

Is your mouth starting to water yet?

The final steps: pour some heavy cream and a thin layer of mayo on the top and finish it off with a few sprinkles of paprika.

the best crab dip

Then in the oven it goes, just for about 15-18 minutes and there you have it:

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The Best Crab Dip (in the whole wide world)
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Seafood
Author: Sisters to Sons
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  • 2 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onion
  • 6 tbsp mayonnaise (split)
  • 4 tsp Creole (or brown) mustard
  • 2 tsp finely chopped parsley
  • 2 tsp Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp tabasco or other hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 lb lump or jumbo lump crab meat
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • crackers or pita chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat and saute onion, celery, green pepper, and green onion until tender, but firm (about 5 minutes)
  3. Remove from heat and add: 2 1/2 tbsp of the mayonnaise, creole mustard, parsley, Worchestershire, salt, cayenne pepper, tabasco sauce, white pepper, and black pepper
  4. Beat in one egg and stir well.
  5. Add one pound of lump or jumbo lump crab meat. Toss gently leaving the lumps in tact.
  6. Spoon the mixture into casserole dish and pour heavy cream over top.
  7. Spread top evenly with thin layer of remaining mayonnaise (about 3 1/2 tbsp).
  8. Sprinkle with paprika
  9. Bake at 350 degrees until brown and bubbling, about 15-18 minutes.
  10. Serve immediately with crackers

Enjoy! And I always love your feedback so if you make it, let us know what you think!

  • Marci
    July 1, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    That’s a winning combination of ingredients. Looks fabulous!

    • Sisters to Sons
      July 2, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Coming from you that means so much!

  • Paula
    July 2, 2015 at 9:32 am

    I was just on the hunt for a crab dip recipe to make tonight at the shore! I’m going to use this one now for sure! Thanks for sharing, Lindsey!

    • Sisters to Sons
      July 2, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Perfect timing!! You will love it!!! Have a great time at the shore… so jealous!

  • Noelle (@singerinkitchen)
    July 2, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    This sounds divine!!!

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