Crab Artichoke Dip is creamy and cheesy with artichoke hearts, parmesan cheese, and big pieces of crab meat, ready to serve in only 30 minutes!
Party food is especially important around the holidays, when everyone gathers together making memories, and we love serving Buffalo Chicken Dip, Ultimate Spinach Artichoke Dip, and Spicy Louisiana Shrimp Dip!
CRAB ARTICHOKE DIP
Crab Artichoke Dip is an AMAZING combo of creamy spinach artichoke dip with my personal favorite, crab dip. It’s the best of both worlds with a few extra ingredients, like bell pepper, green onions, and a spicy pinch of cayenne pepper. Whenever I serve this, I get asked for the recipe multiple times, so I know it’s a crowd-pleasing hit!
My go-to is canned crab, but you can also go for fresh crab if you’d prefer. I like to keep a few cans on hand so I can make this recipe in a pinch, but the fresh crab adds a level of fresh flavor to the dip that you can’t beat. This cheesy crab dip is the perfect appetizer to serve before a holiday dinner!
HOW TO MAKE CRAB ARTICHOKE DIP
Crab artichoke dip is a really simple dip recipe made from canned coarsely chopped artichoke and cooked crab meat. Just mix everything together, then bake until bubbly and golden brown on the top. The total time to make this warm crab dip about 30 minutes. You can also assemble it ahead of time and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake!
CAN YOU MAKE CRAB ARTICHOKE DIP WITHOUT CREAM CHEESE?
You can substitute the cream cheese in this artichoke dip for sour cream. If you’re just trying to cut down on the fat, try Neufchatel cheese, which is a lower fat version of cream cheese. If you want the dip to be thicker, add a cup of shredded mozzarella cheese.
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WHAT TO DIP IN CRAB ARTICHOKE DIP
- Tortilla chips
- Baguette ripped into pieces
- Bell pepper slices
- Make a crudités platter with this dip in the middle
WHAT KIND OF CRAB TO USE FOR CRAB ARTICHOKE DIP?
You can find fully cooked crab at the grocery store in cans. If you’re really motivated, you can also buy fresh crab either fully cooked or raw at your local fish monger. If it’s raw, be sure to saute the crab meat until fully cooked before using it in artichoke dip.
You can also use fresh artichoke for this artichoke dip, but it’s a lot more cost and time effective to just pick up a can of artichoke. It’s also more difficult to harvest the heart from individual artichokes than to just buy them already cut up, and you won’t really notice a flavor difference in this recipe.
TIPS FOR MAKING CRAB ARTICHOKE DIP
- Add some extra spicy flavor with jalapeno, poblano peppers, or a dash of hot sauce stirred in with the other ingredients.
- Top with extra chopped chives or green onions to make this look decorative when serving.
- Make cold crab dip by mixing everything together with an electric mixer and refrigerating until ready to serve.
- If you don’t have mayonnaise, sub with 2 cups of sour cream.
- Add some lemon juice and fresh parsley to compliment the crab in this artichoke dip.
- This dish is naturally low carb and gluten free (but not if you use imitation crab, that usually has wheat in it).
- 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 14 ounces artichoke hearts chopped
- 1/2 pound cooked crabmeat picked through for shells
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese grated
- 1/4 cup green onions sliced
- 1/2 red bell pepper chopped finely
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl and spoon into baking dish before baking for 25-30 minutes.