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Hot Cheesy Crab Dip Recipe

With only four ingredients, this Cheesy Crab Dip recipe is not only incredibly quick and easy to make, but also bursting with flavor. The creamy and savory combination of lump crabmeat and Garlic and Herb cheese is complemented by the crunch of toasted slivered almonds and the freshness of chopped chives or parsley. Whether you’re hosting a party or simply looking for a quick snack, this Cheesy Hot Crab Dip is always a hit!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Around 1 3/4 cups; serves around 6 1x




  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together cheese, almonds and chives or parsley. Gently fold in crab. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Mixture will be thick.)
  3. Spoon mixture into a shallow baking dish and bake for around 15 to 20 minutes or until bubbly and light brown on the top. If bubbly but not browned, place under the broiler for a minute or two.
  4. Serve with crackers (I like it with butter crackers), toasted baguette slices and/or celery.


Make ahead: Can be made earlier in the day, covered and refrigerated. Bring to room temperature before baking.

Ingredient substitutions:

  • Garlic and Herb Cheese – can also use other flavors of Rondelé or Alouette tub cheeses, or substitute Boursin cheese
  • Toasted slivered almonds – can also use sliced almonds
  • Fresh chives or Italian (flat leaf) parsley – can omit, but I like the pop of green color the herb adds

Variation in presentation: scatter almonds on top of dip mixture instead of mixing inside. Just watch carefully when baking so they don’t burn. Or, scoop dollops of the crab mixture into the baking dish and not smooth the top, for a more rustic look.

  • Author: Lee Clayton Roper
  • Category: appetizers, quick and easy, gluten free
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean