Creamy Crab Dip



Creamy Crab Dip

I woke up this morning STARVING and this hit the spot.

It’s a simple crab dip.

This cream crab dip was my breakfast this morning.

Simple, not simple simple, but delicious simple.


I have always LOVED the taste of crab and had an affinity for crab legs, crab claws, crab cakes, etc., even as a kid – and associated them with going to the beach because that’s when going out for seafood was a given.

Making this makes long for the beach.

I’m so sick of sweatshirts and socks.

And shivering my ass off walking from the parking deck to the door to work. I’m definitely not a winter lover.

Creamy Crab Dip

Since I can’t snap my fingers and make summer suddenly appear, let’s take a little trip down memory lane.

Let’s peruse a typical day at the beach as a kid, shall we?

8 am. You get up in the morning, go out to the beach early with your family, flop around in the water, beg your parents to get up off their beach chairs.

They don’t.

They’re too busy reading People magazine or a book, drinking Tab (Dad’s got a Miller High Life) sleeping, or talking about where we’re going for dinner. (They certainly weren’t busy on cellphones or tablets.)

11 am. Parents open the cooler full of canned Pepsi’s, ham and cheese sandwiches and potato chips – barely protected from the melted ice thanks to those lame ass fold-over plastic bags.

You try to eat your almost soggy sandwich and pray to God you don’t get sand on it.

11:03 am You get sand on your ham sandwich.


You try slinging it off, but your efforts are futile. Doesn’t matter, you’re not hungry anyway.

You ignore your mother’s insistence on another layer of sunblock and trample back into the water like you don’t hear her. Who needs sunblock?

You’ve got more important shit to do. Somebody has to find those damn whole sand dollars.

12 pm. You turn around to make sure your parents are still there. Little do you know the tide has moved you sideways about 500 feet.

You instantly hyperventilate – they have literally left your ass.


12:01 pm. Continue to hyperventilate while you’re walking out of the water, scoping the beach for your parents, wondering WTF you’re gonna do being abandoned, you’re an orphan, who will take you in?

12:03 pm. You spot your mother on the beach, breathe a sigh of relief and go back to your business. 

Back to the water. You eyeball a sand dollar.

Son of a bitch, it’s not whole.

2 pm. You watch a Cessna-type plane fly across the sky with a long white banner advertising the latest seafood deal at whatever restaurant paid them enough to do it.

You shield your eyes from the blinding sun that is unrelenting and try to ignore the slightly intense burning on your back/cheeks/scalp. For a half second something tells you that if you hadn’t ignored your mother you wouldn’t be suffering, but the water/sand/waves call you and you currently don’t give a single shit. 

3 pm. Your ass is burned up to the point that you can barely move. You go back to the room and take that shocking shower. Then you argue with your mom about the sunblock.

4 pm. Go to “the strip” to one of the many souvenir shops. Stand in line for two hours to get an airbrushed multi-colored “Panama City 1986” shirt. You beg for stupid pens, sand filled shit and bobble heads that are nothing but a waste of money. You promised your best friend.


6 pm. Dinner – Seafood Buffet. Parents complain about the price because it’s $27.00 a plate, when the kids are only going to eat a handful of mac ‘n cheese, 4 rolls, maybe some french fries and a shit ton of soft serve ice cream.

9 pm. You get slathered in that slimy green stuff that soothes the burn because you’re fried from the sun. Off to bed. You decide sunblock isn’t such a bad idea.

I think I was an exception to most kids when it came to food – I ate the hell out of some crab legs.

Creamy Crab Dip

My dad, for some reason, would bring that up during our few meals together before he died in 2009.

He was definitely a foodie!

Here’s your printable!

Creamy Crab Dip
Yield: 6

Creamy Crab Dip

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 16 oz. crabmeat (imitation is just fine), chopped 
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 tbsp horseradish sauce
  • 4 tbsp sour cream (not fat free)


Combine everything in a medium sized mixing bowl.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Serve with pita chips, crackers or fresh veggies.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 109Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 717mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 15g

The provided nutrition calculated may not always be accurate.

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  • Shea

    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Kari@Loaves n Dishes

    I love all of the ingredients that are in this simple crab dip; not too little, not too much, just perfect!

  2. Joy @ Yesterfood

    Shea, your gorgeous dip has been pinned, and is being featured at Treasure Box Tuesday today! Thanks for partying with us! 🙂

  3. Debbie-Dabble

    I have made this many times especially for the Holidays!!
    I am co hosting Fluster’s Creative Muster Link Party and I want to thank you for linking up!!


  4. Kelly @ The Moon and Me

    Oh man…this looks yummy!!!!! Think I’ll make some for game night this weekend! 🙂

  5. Jodee Weiland

    I love crab, and I love your recipe. This looks beyond delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Teri @ The Freshman Cook

    This looks amazing! I wish I had some right now because I am starving, and it is too late too eat, but I am hungry. Oh, well! I love the sound of your recipe, and I will make it soon! I’d love if you would stop by and link this and anything else you’d like to my Super Bowl Eats and Treats Linky Party! You can link sandwiches, appetizers, desserts, crafts, parties, anything that says “Super Bowl” to you!!

    Hope to see you there!

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