Hot Cajun Crab Dip
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Spring is here, and I am getting all of the warm-weather gathering vibes! I’m starting to think of all the fun dips, drinks, and desserts I plan to serve my friends and family as we enjoy sunny weekends together, and this Hot Cajun Crab Dip is the first of many new tasty recipes I have up my sleeve!
The BEST Recipe for Crab Dip!
I’ve tried my fair share of crab dip recipes, and I have to say, this hot cajun crab dip is by far the ultimate flavor punch of them all. Packed with the perfect blend of creaminess and spice, every bite is a mouth-watering sensation. The best part? This keto-friendly, dairy-free dip is simple to make, and always a crowd-pleaser!
In just 30 minutes you’ll have a sizzling, delicious, healthy-ish hot crab dip waiting to be gobbled up by all!
How to Make Cajun Crab Dip
The combination of Old Bay seasoning and Frank’s Red Hot mixed with dairy-free cream cheese, mayo, and fresh jumbo lump crabmeat makes this cajun crab dip an irresistible, crowd-pleasing appetizer that will keep your guests coming back for more!
Simply saute your onions and garlic, combine all the ingredients in a bowl, pour into a baking dish, bake, and serve! Spend minimal time prepping, and let your oven do the work! With even less cleanup, this is truly the BEST of all crab dip recipes.
How to Serve this Dairy Free Dip
There are so many different ways to serve keto dips! The great thing about this dip is that it’s a delicious appetizer regardless of diet! Because it is Paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free, and keto, it really appeals to all kinds of eaters.
To keep this dip keto and gluten-free, serve with Almond Flour Crackers, Celery or Carrot Sticks, Cucumber rounds, Low Carb Tortillas, or other low-carb, gluten-free chips or crackers.
For your non-keto guests, feel free to serve with crostini’s, a sliced sourdough baguet, ritz crackers, or any type of cracker you prefer. Whether it’s on a veggie or a cracker or simply by itself, this cajun crab dip will hit the spot!
Tips & Tricks
Dairy-Free Swaps: If you’re not dairy-free feel free to swap all non-dairy items in this recipe (cream cheese & nutritional yeast) for their regular counterpart.
Mayonnaise: If you’re looking for the easiest, 60-second homemade mayo, I have the most delicious recipe here!
The Best Crab Meat: Crab meat is great because it’s packed with protein and essential vitamins. This hot cajun crab dip is an excellent keto dip for macros because it’s low in carbs and high in fat and protein. I absolutely love jumbo lump crabmeat. While it can sometimes be a bit pricier than other crab meat, I think it’s the freshest, most delicious crab meat to serve and eat. If you prefer different crab meat, feel free to use it!
Cajun Seasonings: If you can’t make this Old Bay Crab dip because you don’t have Old Bay seasoning on hand, you can use pre-made Creole Seasoning or Cajun Seasoning. Brands like McCormick and many store-bought brands have Cajun seasoning blends that are easy to use! Same quantity for substitutions.
If you don’t have nutritional yeast on hand, you can sub your favorite regular or dairy-free shredded cheese.
Absolutely! If you’re not dairy-free and want to use regular cream cheese for this cajun crab dip, that will totally work!
Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave, or re-bake in the oven!
Just like the title implies, this hot crab dip recipe is best when served right out of the oven. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work to serve this crab dip cold, as the hot melted flavors combine in the oven to make a killer keto dip. Stay tuned for future recipes- I may just have a cold crab dip coming!
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Hot Cajun Crab Dip
- 1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat picked and drained
- 8 ounces dairy-free cream cheese Kite Hill or regular cream cheese will work
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise link to my homemade mayo
- 1 tbsp Franks hot sauce
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- ⅓ cup chopped onions
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tbsp vegan butter or regular if not DF
- 1 tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- ½ tsp onion powder
- 1 ½ tbsp nutritional yeast or sub shredded cheese
- ½ tsp paprika
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
- ½ tsp ground mustard
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat and add the butter along with the minced garlic and onions. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
- In a large bowl mix together the crab meat, dairy-free cream cheese, mayo, lemon juice, hot sauce, seasonings (except for nutritional yeast) along with the cooked onions and garlic. Mix together until combined.
- Grease a 2-quart baking dish or cast-iron skillet and add the crab mixture evenly. Sprinkle the top with nutritional yeast or you can sub cheese here. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.