Crab Dip is a chilled, refreshing, creamy dip that is loaded with imitation crab meat and topped with a layer of cocktail sauce. It would be a delicious addition to a Vegetable Tray. Try my Warm Crab and Artichoke Dip for another creamy dip that is wonderful on buttery crackers.

Hand Holding Cracker in Easy Crab Dip Recipe

Crab Dip

This appetizer is as easy to put together as it is delicious! I couldn’t stop piling it high on crackers as soon as I made it! Yes, it is supposed to be shareable, but it is hard to stop eating it once you dip in! Each bite is full of creaminess and just the right amount of crab taste.

Bowl of Raw Ingredients for Easy Crab Dip Recipe

Dip Ingredients

There isn’t a whole lot of prep work that goes into this recipe. Once you have your ingredients ready to go, it’s a matter of mixing them all together and getting the dip onto some crackers!

Imitation Crab: I chose to go with imitation crab meat for this recipe. Imitation crab is not really crab meat at all, but a combination of whitefish paste and fillers, called ‘surimi’. It is still technically seafood, but it has a lot more added salt and preservatives than fresh crab.

Imitation crab is definitely less expensive, so it is used a lot in recipes like Minnesota Crab Louie or California rolls. If you do choose to use real crab, go for canned lump crab meat or backfin. It is still pre-cooked, but more authentic.

Easy Crab Dip Recipe From Overhead

How Long will Crab Dip Last?

Well…if I’m invited to your party, the crab dip will probably not last long. But, if you have more self-control, store the leftover dip, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Since this is a cream cheese-based dip, do not let it sit out at room temperature for more than 2 hours.

Cracker with Easy Crab Dip on It

Can I Freeze Crab Dip?

Sure! If you are not going to eat the dip within two days, simply freeze it. It will last in the freezer for up to 2 months when stored in a freezer-safe container. However, the consistency of the dip may change when thawed.

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Crab Dip

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Crab Dip is a chilled, refreshing, creamy dip that is loaded with imitation crab meat and topped with a layer of cocktail sauce.


  • 8 ounces imitation crab meat
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup red onion, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
  • ½ cup cocktail sauce
  • crackers, for dipping


  • Roughly chop the crab meat into small pieces. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add the cream cheese, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, and sugar. Mix until smooth.
  • Add the crab meat, diced onion, and parsley. Gently fold everything together until blended.
  • Transfer the dip onto a plate or platter, smoothing it out. Top with a layer of cocktail sauce.
  • Serve with crackers.


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  1. I made this to bring to a party and it was a crowd pleaser. A couple of people asked me for the recipe so I texted them the link. I did not put the cocktail sauce on top because I didn’t have any. Served it with gluten-free crackers. Will definitely make again.

  2. Very bland. You definitely don’t need the sugar because imitation crab is very sweet on its own. Added hot sauce to spice it up. Won’t be making this again.

      1. Yes I added the cocktail sauce. Still not enough flavor for me. Probably using real crab meat would be much better, but who can afford that? Not me

  3. Used real crabmeat, left out sugar, dash or 2 of hot sauce added.
    Made homemade cocktail sauce ( store bought is 95% ketchup).

    I don’t believe in using fake seafood in a seafood dish.

    1. So you made a completely different recipe?
      I don’t believe in shaming folks who don’t have access to the same luxuries as you do.

      1. 5 stars
        The extras with the cream cheese is the part of the recipe I have been missing. Thank You had this at Christmas party and have been wondering what was in this dip. So happy!!!

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