Crab dip, one of the most loved coastal appetizers, is also one of the easiest to prepare.

As we all know, if you live at the coast, your friends and family will visit. During the spring, summer and fall months, our guest bedroom encounters quite the turnover, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

My favorite part of hosting is cooking for my guests, and anyone who has ever stayed at my home has likely been served my hot, creamy and savory crab dip.

The ease of this recipe is disguised by its deliciousness. Typically, I will whip this up as an appetizer while everyone is showering before going out to dinner. I also enjoy the fact that I can offer something indigenous to our waters.

The cream cheese and crab combination is one made in heaven, especially when combined with fresh lemon juice, notes of garlic and Old Bay. When this comes out of the oven golden and bubbly, I simply set it on the counter with crackers and veggies. For this recipe I have paired it with crackers and celery, but you can certainly use carrots or corn chips.

I choose fresh blue crab as the main seafood.  Blue crab has historically been North Carolina’s most valuable commercial fishery.

Blue crabs range from Maine to the Gulf of Mexico and occur regularly in waters where peak temperatures reach at least 68 degrees. They are a sweet delicacy.

Crabmeat comes in four styles: backfin, claw, lump or jumbo lump. Backfin consists of broken pieces of lump meat mixed with smaller pieces of white body meat. Claw meat is darker in color and less sweet in flavor when compared to lump or backfin. Lump and jumbo lump, my favorites, are the white meat on the inside of the crab’s body, definitely the sweetest. You can buy containers of the pre-picked meat from your local seafood market. For the best flavor, look for blue crab meat sourced as close to your location as possible.

Next time you are hosting guests or just want a lighter meal, give this baked crab dip a try. I know you’ll love it!

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Baked Crab Dip
Crab dip, one of the most loved coastal appetizers, is also one of the easiest to prepare.
Southern Sandi's Crab Dip
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Ingredients
Southern Sandi's Crab Dip
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, shallot, 1 tablespoon green onion, parsley, garlic, Old Bay, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and cheddar cheese in a bowl.
  3. Gently fold in the jumbo lumps of crabmeat.
  4. Transfer the mixture into a shallow baking dish and top with the remaining Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes until its golden and bubbly.
  6. Garnish with remaining green onions and serve hot with crackers and celery.