My favorite appetizer is Maryland crab dip. This recipe is from years of eating Maryland Blue crab from Chesapeake Bay Maryland.

It takes only minutes to prepare, 30 minutes in the oven and is delicious. This recipe is even better than my top seafood recipe lemon and herb Shrimp. That’s a big deal!


Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 14


4 ounces Cream Cheese ½ package, softened. I used Neufchatel light cream cheese.
½ Cup Mayonnaise I used Kraft light version
1 teaspoon Old Bay plus more for topping
¼ teaspoon dry mustard
8 oz crab meat lump
1 Tablespoon Gouda cheese shredded
1 Tablespoon cheddar cheese shredded


Preheat oven to 350º.

Mix softened cream cheese with mayonnaise, Old Bay Seasoning, and dry mustard in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth.

Gently fold in lump crab meat being careful not to break up the lumps.

Spoon dip into an oven safe dish.

Sprinkle with cheeses.

Sprinkle with extra Old Bay Seasoning.

Bake for 30 minutes. Brown slightly under broiler on low.

Optional: Top with sliced green onions.

Serve the crab dip with crackers, tortilla chips, or a baguette sliced and toasted.

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