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Hot Imitation Crab Dip

Hot Imitation Crab Dip makes a hearty and satisfying appetizer for any occasion.  It takes only 15 minutes to prepare and tastes delicious with any assortment of crackers, breads, or veggies.

Imitation Crab dip in a bowl
Super Easy Hot Imitation Crab Dip

Hot Imitation Crab Dip

The wonders of imitation crab meat.  As a kid, I loved eating those crab sticks, pulling them apart like string cheese.  I hope nobody asks me how they make crab sticks stringy because…well, because Google doesn’t turn up much of an answer for that one. Thankfully, the ingredients listed in the making of the imitation crab appears to be natural and real-food.

And that means we get to keep eating it.  We typically toss chunks of imitation crab into soups or noodle stir fries.  But this time, I decided to make it into an appetizer that’s worthy of any occasion, special or casual.

imitation crab dip in bowl with crackers
Serve imitation crab dip with crackers or bread of your choice

Buying Imitation Crab Meat

My favorite brand of imitation crab meat is made from wild Alaskan pollock (a low calorie, high protein fish) along with starch, salt, crab meat, and egg white. Surprisingly, there is no artificial food coloring involved.

Many major grocery stores carry fresh imitation crab meat in airtight sealed packages, found in the refrigerated meat/seafood aisles. In some stores, you may find imitation crab in the freezer section near other frozen seafood.

You can store unopened imitation crab in the fridge until recommended “use by” date, or you can freeze it for several months.

Serving Recommendations

This Hot Imitation Crab Dip is chock full of protein, seasonings, and made creamy with the addition of real cream cheese.  

  • You can amp up the heat with cayenne pepper or your favorite hot sauce, if you like more of a kick.  And definitely serve this dip warm, as it tastes best when freshly heated through.  If you make it ahead of time and chill it, just be sure to warm it through before serving.
  • This hot imitation crab dip goes well with an assortment of breads, crackers, or veggie sticks. Leftovers can be used in dinner rolls or your favorite bread for tasty crab salad sandwiches the next day.

Try this deliciously easy swordfish recipe, too

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imitation crab dip in bowl with crackers

Hot Imitation Crab Dip

4.63 from 62 ratings
This Hot Imitation Crab Dip is affordable and delicious. It’s hearty, creamy, and satisfying. Be sure to serve it warm. Breads, crackers, and veggies are excellent dippers for this dip!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Author: Amy Dong


  • 1 TB whole mayo
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 TB water
  • ½ tsp hot pepper sauce, I use Tabasco sauce
  • 8 oz whole cream cheese, cubed and softened
  • 1 lb imitation crab meat, chopped or shredded
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • In a microwavable bowl, combine all ingredients except for imitation crab meat. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until warmed through and smooth. Stir to combine well.
  • Gently fold in crab meat, combining well. Cover and microwave 2 minutes or until hot. Taste and add salt/pepper as needed. Serve hot with crackers, breads, or veggies.


  • If dip is too thick, add a bit more water to it. Be sure to serve it hot, as dip needs to be warm in order to stay soft and creamy in texture.
  • Variation: add Old Bay seasoning instead of salt/pepper.
  • If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating – we ❤️ hearing from you.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 332mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Method: Microwave

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    • Kathy

    What is a serving.? I am watching sodium, recipe looks wonderful.

      • Amy Dong

      There are roughly 10 servings total; nutrition facts are for 1 out of 10 servings. Enjoy, Kathy!

    • Alexis Barnes
    • 5 stars

    I added some shredded cheese to mine and made it in the slow cooker. Its superrr good! I really enjoyed it and will definitely make it again.

      • Amy Dong

      Aww, so happy you loved it!

    • Cena
    • 5 stars

    My hubby and I tried this tonight and it was tasty!! 🙂 Made it without hot sauce and it was great.
    We are now suspicious our local pub’s secret ingredient is cream cheese in their delicious spinach and artichoke dip.

      • chewoutloud

      It’s always better made at home, right? 🙂

    • Ramona
    • 5 stars

    I love how this is a low carb recipe and overall it looks so flavourful and delicious! I can’t wait to make this interesting recipe soon, thank you for sharing!

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