Ultimate Hot & Cheesy Maryland Crab Dip

This Maryland crab dip is one of my most popular recipes for good reason. That is why I love to make it around the holidays or for big events like the super bowl. It’s a crowd favorite!

This dip is the perfect combination of amazing lump crab meat, a slightly smoky seasoning mix, and a good cheese blend. Since I have gotten such great reviews on this crab dip, I’m sure it will be a staple for you too.


I used jumbo lump crab meat, which contains the large, premium meat from the muscle that connects the crab’s back legs. I chose this crab type because it is larger, meatier, and makes for a better presentation in our dip. Don’t worry if you do not have access to fresh crab – you can always grab a good quality, canned, super lump crab to do the job. That is what I used this time around, and the recipe came out perfect. If you have access to fresh or frozen crab meat, the quality will be even more amazing.

Save some of your crab meat for the topping!

I used a combination of dairy to achieve the perfect cheesy flavor. Start with a mix of cream cheese, heavy cream, sour cream, mayo, cheddar, and asiago cheese. This combination will give the perfect creamy cheese pull we all look for in dips. Adding a little heavy cream helps to keep our mixture creamy and smooth even as it sits out on the table. The asiago cheese also adds a sweet, nutty flavor to accompany our sweet crab meat. I love this blend, but I encourage you to create a personalized mix of cheeses or change the ratios to fit your taste. Recipes are just a blueprint – customize the crab dip to your liking and add your own spin to it!

cream cheese, cheddar, and asiago cheese melting in a pan
You can choose to melt your cheese on the lowest heat or just mix it up in a bowl.

Other Ingredients

Let’s talk about our seasonings! I wanted to highlight a few sauces and seasonings because they make this dip special. First up, Worcestershire sauce. It’s a savory fermented condiment that adds just a little extra flavor and support to the dip. Then you want to add a little bit of smoky tabasco, your favorite seafood seasoning, and you’re good to go.

First I topped with some crab meat and scallions, then I served this with some toasted french bread, but you can also use crackers or your favorite crudités.

Crab dip with french bread

Ultimate Hot & Cheesy Maryland Crab Dip

This Hot and Cheesy Maryland Crab dip is delicious and full of lump crab meat. This is the perfect dip for any party where you want to spoil your guests (or yourself).

  • Author: Stephanie
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 - 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20-25 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer


  • 4 oz Cream Cheese 
  • 1/3 c Heavy Cream 
  • 1/3 c Sour Cream
  • 1/4 c Mayo 
  • 1/2 c Cheddar Cheese 
  • 1/2 c Asiago Cheese
  • 1 TBSP Lemon Juice
  • 2 TSP Worcestershire Sauce 
  • Smokey Tabasco (to taste) 
  • 2 TSP Pepper 
  • 1 TBSP Garlic Powder
  • 1 TBSP Old Bay 
  • 23 Scallions or Chives 
  • 16 oz Lump Crab Meat


1) Combine all of the ingredients except for the crab meat and scallions/chives. You can choose to combine the ingredients by melting them together in an oven-safe pan on the stovetop. Slowly combine your dairy and seasoning on the lowest heat. Working with melted cheese will be slightly easier, but the end product will be relatively the same as if you were to just mix everything in a large bowl before transferring to a baking dish. So, you can just mix the ingredients at room temperature in a big bowl with a wooden spoon. It’s up to you!

2) Once your dairy and other ingredients are combined, add in your lump crab meat reserving some to top the crab dip later. Be sure to gently mix the crab in with the other ingredients to prevent it from breaking up too much. We want to have nice chunks of crab in every bite.

3)  Top your dip with some extra shredded cheddar and asiago cheese.

4) Place the dip in the oven at 375 degrees for 15- 20 minutes. If you pre-melted the ingredients on the stovetop you will need less time. If your ingredients are still cold when you pop them in the oven, it will be closer to the 20-minute mark. Remember that the crab meat is precooked. You are just looking to melt the cheese and let the ingredients combine to form an amazing dip. 

5) Once your dip is ready, toss the crab that you set aside earlier in lemon juice and Old Bay seasoning to taste. Then top your crab dip with this delicious and fresh crab. 

6) Garnish with some green onions or chives!

7) Serve with toasted french bread, crackers, or crudités. 

8) Enjoy!


This crab dip is best served hot! When you are making this dip for guests (or for yourself), try to get started at the very last minute or reheat it in the oven for 5 minutes for the best creamy cheese pulls.

Keywords: Crab Dip, Maryland Crab Dip, cheesy dip, dip, appetizer

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