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Hot crab dip {101 Days of Christmas}

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Hot Crab Dip

Sean and I are Marylanders, and both of our dads are avid boaters and fisherman, which means we have a deep and abiding love for seafood…and especially for blue crabs and Old Bay seasoning.

While my sister requests a cheese ball for every holiday or family get together, my husband requests crab dip. We’ve never served it on Christmas before (and our Christmas Day meal seems to be continuously evolving as we try to figure out casual, easy options that everyone still enjoys!), but this year I’m adding it to the lunch/dinner table.

This crab dip is incredibly easy to throw together, and it’s delicious. I even like the leftovers cold, although Sean prefers it warmed up in the oven!

Hot Crab Dip


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 5 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 16 ounces crabmeat, drained and flaked
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (or ½ teaspoon vinegar)
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay
  • bread or crackers


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Spread mixture into a 1-quart baking dish (or pie plate!).

Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Serve hot with thinly sliced baguettes or crackers.

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