Blue Crab Dip

By Katherine

Hey, that’s not our yard. There’s grass!

I recently went to a conference that was close enough to the folks’ house in the Maryland suburbs I could squeeze in a trip home. Squeezing in a trip home, also means squeezing in a few crab dishes. With a bushel running around $170, I chose instead to splurge on a pound of lump crab meat, which was, well who knows, my sister paid. The old forgot my wallet trick works every time.

You can make this with any old crab meat, but it won’t be the same. Blue crabs from the Chesapeake are unparalleled. Don’t use imitation meat.

Blue Crab Dip

  • 1 lb lump crab meat (not backfin)
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, preferably at room temperature
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup Romano or Parmesan, plus extra for dusting
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp-1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • toasted baguette slices

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Place in a casserole dish and dust the top with additional Romano or parm. Cook at 375 until top is golden and the dip is bubbly, about 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool slightly. Serve with toasted baguette slices.

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40 Responses to Blue Crab Dip

  1. Fabulous! I’ll be in Maryland in a few days.

  2. A_Boleyn says:

    Looks very tasty … for the price it probably cost, that’s a GOOD thing. :)

  3. Can’t wait to make this!

  4. That sounds wonderful but surely a bushel isn’t a current unit of weight! I remember seeing tables of weights and measures with groats, chains, and bushels but I had no idea that they were still relevant. The Chesapeake blue crab however sounds as though it’s as good as its reputation.

  5. Eva Taylor says:

    I had to go back and confirm that was you, Katherine; that old forgot my wallet trick sounds like a stunt Greg would pull!
    This crab dish sounds wonderful, but it’s just too expensive for me.

  6. Ha! I had the same thought as Eva! You’ve been hanging around that Boy too long ;)
    Sounds like a wonderful recipe…and look at that beautiful grass!

  7. If you don’t mind my asking, where do your parents live? I grew up in Columbia! Therefore I really love crab recipes :)

  8. This dip sounds wonderful. Pinned. I just made that mushroom, anchovy, caper, goat cheese bruschetta again for guests this past week. That stuff is fabulous and everyone always raves. Thanks again for that recipe.

  9. Ooh yes this sounds excellent. We can get lovely fresh crab here in Scotland, living on an island has its advantages, so I will perhaps try this with some of our own produce.

  10. ceciliag says:

    Morning katherine, this sounds just wonderful, but alas i do not grow crabs, nor does anyone else around here however when i go home to NZ in december i shall revisit this page. I bet it tastes great. have an awesome day.. c

  11. egg me on says:

    Mmm … fresh crab meat. Looks great. What a perfect little appetizer. Unless you eat them all. Then it’s the perfect dinner.

  12. Mad Dog says:

    They look amazing – I could eat the lot in one sitting!

  13. This looks great! That “oh, I forgot my wallet trick,” would work with my sister! LOL

  14. billpeeler says:

    Good for you, glad you were able to make it home. Any chance I have to get some crab is always a joy. Looks like a great recipe for a great appetizer —-

  15. Yum yum yum. Looks amazing!

  16. Never ever imitation crab – only the real thing. :-) Mandy

  17. spree says:

    Morning Katherine! Sorry no blue crabs for me. I hear they’re wonderful, and this looks like a fantastic way to prepare them! I think I’ll have to make it out to your part of the country to enjoy treats like these!

  18. Caroline says:

    Yummy, sounds fantastic!!

  19. Courtney says:

    OMG, do those look good. I think my stomach actually growled!

  20. Ah, blue crab. I feel like we should be thanking the “Deadliest Catch” folks for what they do!

  21. ChgoJohn says:

    This sounds delicious, Katherine. It wasn’t until I read Eva’s & Marie’s comments that I realized the wallet trick wasn’t Greg’s doing. Too funny.

  22. Kristy says:

    Oh good heavens, YES!

  23. TasteFood says:

    Yum – certainly worth the price!

  24. Michelle says:

    Oh, for a week at the beach!

  25. My list of obscure foods is growing ever longer.. now I’m adding Chesapeake Blues.. Seriously, every time I open your emails I think “Oh.. my.. gosh…” and start longing for a bite!!

  26. rsmacaalay says:

    Wow! that is awesome. I also do that trick with my mom :)

  27. Oh yum. I cannot stand imitation meat. Blergh. We can get lump meat pretty cheaply here too… even more so if I forget my wallet next time!

  28. If I miss one thing about living in Maryland and the DC area is the availability of blue cakes. Oh it make one very sad, especially given how good this look.

  29. kristina says:

    Wow I nearly keeled over at the price for a bushel. Maybe since I live pretty close to the Bay I can find some more reasonably? Hope so!

    In any case, I look forward to making this dip. Looks delicious!

  30. Mmm crab, how wonderful! And I think you´re right to travel without a wallet…just like the Queen of England who (apparantly) never carries cash!

  31. What a great dip for a party!

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