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Hot Pepper Jack Crab Dip

This Hot Pepper Jack Crab Dip is a delectable option for your next special occasion. After baking until its gooey and golden serve it with pita chips, crostini or crackers for dipping.

Hot Pepper Jack Crab Dip

Easy Hot Pepper Jack Crab Dip Recipe

Crab is a pricey ingredient regardless of what dish it’s being used for. We all love crab cakes, but when you’re entertaining, it’s not always cost effective to serve them to a group. Using crab in this way does however, make a fabulous starter. This cheesy crab dip features a mild kick from the pepper jack cheese. If you’re a bit spice shy you can of course, use whatever flavor of cheese suits your taste. How to make simple baked Crab Dip:

  • Crab – Jumbo Lump Crabmeat.
  • Cheese – Chive and onion cream cheese, grated Parmesan cheese and shredded pepper jack cheese.
  • Filling – Mayonnaise, sour cream and lemon juice.
  • Seasonings – Seafood seasoning i.e. Old Bay or Seafood Magic plus salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Mix-ins – Diced pimentos, green onions and garlic.
  • Hot sauce.
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How to Make the BEST Hot Pepper Jack Crab Dip Recipe

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Hot Pepper Jack Crab Dip: Jumbo lump crab meat, chive and onion cream cheese, mayonnaise,sour cream, lemon juice, seafood seasoning, salt and black pepper. shredded pepper jack cheese, pimento, grated Parmesan cheese, green onions, garlic and hot sauce.
  • Kitchen tools you’ll need: Medium bowl, whisk or mixer, measuring cups and spoons, knives and chopping board and 1 1/2 quart baking dish or similar size oven safe skillet.
  • This dip can be assembled one day in advance, covered and chilled. Allow it to sit on the counter for 15 minutes and adjust the baking time, if needed. It’s best baked just before serving, and assembling in advance allows the flavors to develop even more intensely.
  • You can adapt the flavor of cheese to suit your taste. Monterey jack, Gruyere or a sharp white cheddar works well, too.
  • Use quality fresh crab meat for the best result. If you’re serving crab, it may as well be good crab meat and not an imitation.
  • Serve this dip warm with pita chips, tortilla chips, garlic bread or even vegetables for a true five star treat.
  • When you want to include crab on the menu, you may like to try my recipe for crab hush puppies with comeback sauce for dipping. I also love making these Parmesan crusted crab cake bites for holiday parties. This crab pie recipe from Southern Living would be fantastic for your next brunch.
  • Store baked Crab Dip chilled in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in single servings in the microwave.
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Hot Pepper Jack Crab Dip

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Appetizer, seafood
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy-dip-recipes, hot-crab-dip, hot-pepper-jack-crab-dip
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 603kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • 12 oz jumbo lump crab meat
  • 1 8 oz onion and chive cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup real mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp seafood seasoning i.e. Old Bay or Seafood Magic
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 3 cup shredded pepper-jack cheese divided
  • 4 oz chopped pimento well drained
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 green onion finely chopped
  • 2 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tsp hot sauce adjust to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and spritz a 1 1/2 quart baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Whip together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, seafood seasoning, salt and black pepper to your taste.
  • Fold in the crab meat, 2 cup shredded pepper-jack cheese, drained pimento, grated Parmesan cheese, chopped green onion, minced garlic and hot sauce.
  • Pour into the baking dish and top with the remaining shredded pepper-jack cheese. Sprinkle the top lightly with additional seafood seasoning.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes until bubbly.
  • Serve with crackers, tortilla chips, garlic bread or pita crisps for dipping.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 603kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 1758mg | Potassium: 409mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1704IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 804mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Where were you able to get fresh lump crab meat? I live in Mesa and not sure where to find it. This recipe sounds so good

    1. This crab dip is AMAZING!!! I’ve brought it to the last few family gatherings and everyone LOVED it. Thanks for sharing

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