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Best Ever Cold Crab Dip

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Simple, homemade cold crab dip will leave your mouthwatering with it’s fresh and delicious flavor.

This amazing classic cold crab dip is a favorite appetizer recipe for us. It’s easy to create bold, delicious homemade flavor with simple ingredients thanks to this tasty idea!

Growing up on an island, I’ve always loved seafood and crab is a favorite for me. You can make this quick dip a little more spicy or try adding something like artichoke or spinach. Or you could make it Buffalo style. Lots of options for this yummy snack!

I’ve had several people tell me this cold crab dip is the best they’ve tried — I think you’ll like it as well.


Cold Crab Dip:

If you’ve been following along the last few days, you’ll know I’ve partnered with Princess Cruises to share memories from — and recipes inspired by — the trip Mike and I recently took to Alaska.

This cold crab dip recipe was actually inspired by one of my favorite moments of our Princess cruise in Alaska. We were in Glacier Bay. It’s a trip to the “Ice Ages.” It’s a national park and completely awe inspiring.

Not only was it visually stunning, you could hear the ice moving… it was such a unique experience, unlike anything else I’ve witnessed. It was mind blowing to be sitting in our room, looking out our balcony and see this natural phenomenon before us.

On this particular morning, I was watching Glacier Bay outside, taking in all the sights and while eating breakfast on our balcony.


I had crab for breakfast along with the most delicious smoked salmon and quiche. What an amazing way to start the day.

After returning home, I’ve thought of that quiet moment on our balcony enjoying breakfast several times. I’ll admit, the crab I ate for breakfast has danced around my head quite a bit too. It was very delicious.

Crab for Breakfast on Balcony of Island Princess

With that crab for inspiration, the team here at Spaceships and Laser Beams and I came up with this crab dip recipe.

Cold Crab Dip

Let me tell you, it’s easy, delicious and quick. You’re going to love this cold crab dip.

You could serve this recipe a number of ways: it’s the perfect appetizer for guests, you can make it spicy, or you could make it a hot crab dip by serving it baked.

I have a friend who always makes a crab dip and keeps it warm in her crockpot for parties, which I think is genius.

Any way you make it, it’s going to be yummy.

Crab Dip Ingredients

It only takes a few items to make this special treat. You’ll need:

  • cream cheese
  • Greek yogurt
  • crab meat
  • lemon juice
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • cayenne pepper
  • green onion

You could also add in other items as well like artichoke or spinach. Or you could make it Buffalo style.

I like this Cajun style version because it reminds me of some of our meals on the ship.

How to Make Crab Dip

My spin on this classic recipe couldn’t be simpler, I think you’ll be pleased.

In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, greek yogurt, and lemon juice. Mix until smooth.

How to Make Crab Dip

Add crab and seasonings mix until everything is evenly incorporated and serve with crackers or your favorite veggies.

It’s that simple.

Crab Dip

Each time I eat crab dip, I’m reminded of the delicious food we enjoyed on vacation together. And of our quiet moments on our balcony.

I hope you enjoy this crab dip recipe soon as well.

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Crab Dip

Crab Dip

This simple, delicious crab dip is an appetizer recipe you'll enjoy!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crab dip
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 90kcal


  • 8 ounces cream cheese whipped
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 12 ounces crab meat rinsed and drained to remove moisture
  • 3 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp old bay seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 TBSP green onion


  • In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, greek yogurt, and lemon juice. Mix until smooth.
  • Add crab and seasonings mix until everything is evenly incorporated and serve with crackers or your favorite veggies!



Calories: 90kcal
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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.


    1. Layne Henderson

      Layne Henderson

      September 17, 2018 at 11:53 am

      We LOVE this easy appetizer.. so delicious!

      • Tim Miller

        September 17, 2018 at 8:51 pm

        Can I use imitation crab instead ???

        • Layne Henderson

          Layne Henderson

          September 18, 2018 at 6:06 am

          You probably could, but I haven’t tried it that way. Good luck 🙂

    2. Tin

      September 21, 2018 at 12:51 pm

      yeah this is so simple appetizer recipe – Thank you!

    3. Mandy Adams

      November 21, 2018 at 7:58 am

      Do I have to use cayenne pepper? Is there another substitution? Thank you!!

      • Layne Henderson

        Layne Henderson

        November 21, 2018 at 9:10 am

        You can leave it out if you would like to. I think it adds a great flavor. Enjoy!

        • David

          December 3, 2018 at 11:35 pm

          What about adding horseradish in lieu of cayenne?

    4. Treena Hilchie

      February 1, 2019 at 7:52 pm

      Best dip EVER! Made it with a bread bowl instead of crackers and was a success!

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