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imitation crab dip in bowl with crackers

Hot Imitation Crab Dip

  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 10 1x


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!


  • 1 TB whole mayo
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 TB water
  • 1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce (I use Tabasco sauce)
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg. whole cream cheese, cubed and softened
  • 1 LB imitation crab meat, chopped or shredded
  • Optional: kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. 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.
  2. Gently fold in crab meat, combining well. Cover and microwave 2 minutes or until hot. Add kosher salt and pepper to taste, if desired. 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 a dash of Old Bay seasoning instead of salt/pepper.

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  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Hot Crab Dip, Imitation Crab Dip, Crab Salad