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Crab Cake Dip

I am not a big fan of crab in a general sense.  In fact I am not a fan of shellfish overall.

Crab Cake Dip

That said, I love, and have always loved, crab cakes.  I like the mix of flavors, the different textures, and I find the creaminess of the crab mixture hard to resist.  So, in an effort to expand my crab consumption options I modified one of my favorite crab cake recipes and made it into a warm dip.  It has everything that I love about crab cakes with the addition of cream cheese, some extra spices, and some red bell pepper for flavor and color.

Crab Cake Dip

Serve this with some hearty crackers and you have a lovely dip fit for any occasion.   Dress it up by spooning it onto crostini arranged on a pretty platter and you have an elegant canape for a cocktail party.  No matter how you choose to serve it, it will be a hit!

Crab Cake Dip    Serves 6-8

3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup diced onion
1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
Salt and pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
6 ounces lump crab meat
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese

Heat the oven to 350 F and spray a small casserole dish with non-stick spray.

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In a medium bowl combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice, Old Bay, and mustard powder until smooth.

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In a pan over medium heat melt the butter.  When it begins to foam add the onions and bell pepper.  Season with salt and pepper.  Cook until soft, about three to five minutes.  Add the garlic and cook for thirty seconds.

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Pour the vegetable mixture into the cream cheese mixture and mix well.  Add the crab and fold in gently.

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Pour into the prepared dish and top with the panko bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.

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Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly.  Allow to cook for five minutes before serving.

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Serve warm.  Enjoy!

Crab Cake Dip

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22 Responses to “Crab Cake Dip”

  1. That looks so good…I make a similar dip but never thought to call it Crab Cake Dip. Very creative name and great photos!

  2. Gaby says:

    wow – this sounds pretty perfect! I have an obsession with crab dips – and I always add a touch of avocado! I am going to make this for my little holiday party this weekend!

  3. Natalie says:

    This sounds really great! And it’s that time of the year for potlucks, as soon as I get assigned appetizer duty I am so making this!

  4. Well, I do love crab and this sounds great AND looks festive…perfect combination!

  5. Maria says:

    Perfect for holiday parties!

  6. Oooo…this is new way to make crab cakes. I love it. Perfect for parties. Yum yum!!

  7. Kristen says:

    Oh wow. This looks delicious. Great for the holiday season.

  8. Never had anything like this, but will be now. It looks great and I love warm dips. Thanks :)

  9. Mayra says:

    looks delicious :)

  10. I’m not a huge crab fan either. Ever notice, though, how Chef Ramsay always orders the crab cakes on Kitchen Nightmares?

  11. Your pictures are fantastic! The food looks delicious!

  12. Anna says:

    Wow what a great option for parties. Looks delicious.

  13. This looks amazing! Creamy and cheesy goodness…yum…

  14. Victoria says:

    This looks so good and I really love your photos! They look very professional! Do you have a corner of your kitchen devoted to photography? haha.

  15. Ripped Chef says:

    “It sounds good, what a great idea, I like crab, I don’t like crab but, my ‘whatever’ would love this”… hasn’t anyone tried it? W T F is the reply mode for?

  16. RagtopDwarf says:

    “Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly. Allow to cook for five minutes before serving.”

    I assume it’s supposed to be “cool for five minutes” — looks NUMMY!


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