Chesapeake Bay Crab Dip – Baked, Cheesy and Delicious!

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Most people would consider crab dip an appetizer, but I could honestly sit down with a dish of the stuff and a sleeve of buttery crackers and call it a meal. Growing up on the east coast of Virginia made me many things, and one of those is a seafood lover through and through. My favorite type of seafood, and the one food that I would choose as my last meal, is blue crabs. I will eat crabmeat prepared just about any way, but this Chesapeake Bay Crab Dip has to be one of my favorites.

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Here are some tips for making this recipe:

  • Fresh blue crab meat (not the canned stuff!) is leaps and bounds better. If it is at all possible, that’s what you should get. Also lump meat is typically the best quality, but backfin is great as well.
  • If you would like to give this dip a little kick, you could add in a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce.
  • As a girl who grew up on the Chesapeake Bay, Old Bay seasoning is one of my favorite things! I love to sprinkle a little extra on top of this dip for an extra boost of flavor.

These are the ingredients that you will need for this delicious Chesapeake Bay Crab Dip:

  • Cream cheese
  • Mayonaise
  • Sour cream
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Horseradish
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • Lemon juice
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Crab meat (lump is the best!)
  • Green onion
  • Crackers for serving
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I recommend the following products for this creamy appetizer:

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Chesapeake Bay Crab Dip

This creamy and cheesy Chesapeake Bay Crab dip will please any seafood lover!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, blue crab, cheddar, cheese dip, crab, cream cheese, dip, Seafood
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 221kcal


  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup mayonaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • tsp horseradish
  • 1 tbsp Old Bay seasoning plus more for garnish
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 lb fresh crab meat
  • diced green onion for topping


  • Preheat the oven to 350° and grease a small casserole dish.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, cheddar, horseradish, Old Bay, lemon juice and Worcestershire. Mix together until well combined. Fold in the crab meat and mix gently. Spread this mixture in the casserole dish and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before topping with the green onion and serving with crackers.


Sodium: 512mg | Calcium: 120mg | Vitamin C: 8mg | Vitamin A: 432IU | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 144mg | Cholesterol: 55mg | Calories: 221kcal | Saturated Fat: 8g | Fat: 19g | Protein: 11g | Carbohydrates: 2g | Iron: 1mg

If you like this recipe, you may also like my Cleaned and Steamed Blue Crabs, Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Lime Dressing, Easy Shrimp Stir Fry or my Scallops over Angel Hair.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Please stay a while and check out some of my other recipes. I hope you come back soon! – Regan

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