Hot Cajun Crab Dip

Just in time for tailgate season, this Hot Cajun Crab Dip will be the hit of the party!

Just in time for tailgate season, this Hot Cajun Crab Dip will be the hit of the party!Summer roadtrips.  For us, summer is all about hitting the road and visiting friends and family.  We try to bring our two furry pups along with us whenever possible, too.  Ethel sits in my wife’s lap in the front seat while Maximus perches himself on top of a laundry basket in the backseat.  Oh, the things we do for our dogs.  I’m pretty sure that anyone who looks in our backseat while we’re on the road would crack up laughing.  But that’s Maximus for ya.

Just in time for tailgate season, this Hot Cajun Crab Dip will be the hit of the party!Speaking of roadtrips with Max, I remember driving home to Baton Rouge a number of years ago after visiting my aunt and uncle in east Texas.  I was somewhere south of Alexandria on I-49.  If you are familiar with that area of the country, then you’ll know that it is rural.  Like really rural.  I think I-49 might be one of the most boring highways in America.  (Sorry, I-49, but it’s the truth.)  But then I looked over on the side of the road, and I saw a house with a car for sale sitting out front.  This wasn’t just any car either.  This was a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor.  I’m not a big car guy.  (In fact, I had to Google the model of that car just now.)  To me, that 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor was better known as the Ghostbuster’s mobile!

Just in time for tailgate season, this Hot Cajun Crab Dip will be the hit of the party!That’s right.  There was a Ghostbuster’s mobile for sale.  Right there in rural Louisiana.  It didn’t have the Ghostbusters logos and lights on it, but it was the car for sure.  I was a poor grad student at the time, so I couldn’t really stop and just buy a car on a whim…but that didn’t stop me from daydreaming about it.  Think about hitting the open road on a summer road trip driving the Ectomobile.  I think we might get a bit of attention riding down the highway in that bad boy!  And then put a dog on a laundry basket in the backseat?  Yeah, that would be a sight for sure!

Just in time for tailgate season, this Hot Cajun Crab Dip will be the hit of the party!Hot Cajun Crab Dip

One of our favorite summer roadtrips every year is our trip down to Maryland to meet up with my wife’s family for a big summer picnic.  I’ve mentioned before how this isn’t just any old picnic.  This is a picnic Maryland style.  That means there are lots and lots of blue crabs involved.  In honor of that crab trip, I decided to whip up a batch of this tasty Hot Cajun Crab Dip.  I pretty much just took my wife’s favorite crab dip and subbed in some Cajun flavors.  You guys know that I love my Cajun food, and this crab dip is another favorite in our house!

CrabsI served this Hot Cajun Crab Dip in this incredibly appropriate Crab + Shell Chip & Dip serveware from Wilton Armetale.  I’m a huge fan of Wilton Armetale’s serveware.  Most of the pieces are oven, stove, grill and freezer safe.  Think about that for a minute.  That means you can heat up this tray for serving hot appetizers or chill it for serving cold appetizers.  Quite convenient!  And the designs of this serveware are pretty darned awesome, too.  We gave my aunt-in-law and uncle-in-law (is that a real thing?) this Crab + Shell tray as a thank you for hosting the annual family picnic and crab fiesta.  Needless to say, they loved it!

Just in time for tailgate season, this Hot Cajun Crab Dip will be the hit of the party!Now that college football season is upon us again, I am pumped to get out there and do some tailgating!  My LSU Tigers are actually coming up to play in upstate New York in a couple of weeks.  This is one epic road trip from the bayous of South Louisiana to the rolling mountains of upstate New York, and you better believe that I’ll be heading over to that game!  We have some friends coming in town, and I know some delicious Cajun tailgating food will be involved.  (If you’ve got college football fans in your house, then I suggest checking out Wilton Armetale’s lineup of collegiate-themed grillware and serveware.  I posted this Cajun Grilled Shrimp last season using the LSU serveware, and this recipe is still one of the most popular ones on Spiced!)

Did you make this Hot Cajun Crab Dip at home?  Leave a comment.  Or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog)!  Cheers!

Looking for more tasty Cajun/Creole recipes?  Check out these other favorites:

Cajun Grilled Shrimp w/ Spicy Dipping Sauce
Cajun Pastalaya with Smoked Andouille Chicken Sausage
Cajun Crawfish Boil
Muffaletta Panini
Cajun Fried Shrimp

Just in time for tailgate season, this Hot Cajun Crab Dip will be the hit of the party!

Hot Cajun Crab Dip

Just in time for tailgate season, this Hot Cajun Crab Dip will be the hit of the party!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 25 people
Calories: 96kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup finely diced red onion
  • ¼ cup diced green onions
  • ¼ cup finely diced celery
  • 12 oz. cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 16 oz. lump crab meat
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley or 2 tsp dried parsley
  • ½ Tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper

Instructions

  • In a large sauté pan, add the butter, onions, green onions and celery. Place over medium heat and sauté, stirring occasionally, until onions and celery are soft (~5-6 minutes).
  • Reduce heat to low and add cream cheese; heat until fully melted and mixture is well combined.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients (sour cream, mayonnaise, crab meat, cheddar cheese, parsley, Cajun seasoning, lemon juice, granulated garlic, black pepper and cayenne pepper).
  • Simmer for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until hot.
  • Serve hot with crackers or toasted French bread.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Wilton Armetale, but the recipe and opinions are entirely my own.

Just in time for tailgate season, this Hot Cajun Crab Dip will be the hit of the party!

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26 Comments

  1. Dips and crackers / bread must be the best summer meal! All right, along with bruschettas, salads, flat bread and pizza. But I’ve been a bad guy this summer, and made a dip only once. Shame on me! But at least I can enjoy this delicious crab dip here! But remember you could always help me by sending some of your scrumptious meals to me:) Well done, David!

    1. I couldn’t agree more, Ben! Dips are one of the best things about summer picnics…well, that and the pasta salads! Only one dip this summer? Shame for sure! Well, last time I checked, it’s still summer…so get out there and make some dips! Or I could send you some of mine…but Laura ate it all when I wasn’t looking. Haha!

  2. Hahaha!!! I might just run my car off the road if I saw y’all driving down the road in that Ectomobile with a dog in a laundry basket in the back seat!!! A lady at the vet’s once showed me her doggie car seat – I have the link somewhere in case y’all wanna replace that laundry basket 😉
    As for this dip – David it’s fantastic! Costco sells a crab dip here that I thought was pretty good – but they don’t have 2 kinds of onions or Cajun seasoning in their’s! Those friends coming up are in for a treat indeed! Heck – do you even need anything else to eat with this dip around?

    1. Hey, that Ectomobile with the laundry basket dog in the backseat could very well happen, Shashi! Well, maybe not the Ectomobile part. But the laundry basket part happens every roadtrip we take! Max loves his laundry basket. We’ve tried various other tricks, but this is the only one that works. I also think he is part billy goat as he loves to climb to the highest point in the room (or car)!

      You know what? I think I’ve actually had that Costco crab dip. I had forgotten about it until you mentioned it…but I recall it being pretty tasty! I’m also pretty sure I ate this dip for dinner last night. Oops. 🙂

  3. Hi David! I can’t get fresh crab meat unless I go to Knoxville, but my local store carries a high quality canned product and I happen to have some in my frig! This will be great for Labor Day! My favorite road trips are food destinations! 🙂

    1. I hear ya with the crab meat, Dorothy. I used canned for this recipe, although there are a couple of places around here where I could probably get fresh crab meat. Either way, the dip turned out quite well with the canned version. Laura didn’t seem to mind one bit…and she’s the crab connoisseur around here! And yes, I’m with ya…we plan a lot of our vacations around food, too. Imagine that! 🙂

    1. Tell me about it, Dara! I really miss good authentic Louisiana food! It’s a bit hard to find good Cajun food way up here in upstate NY, so I’ve ended up just playing around in the kitchen with various recipes until I get my Cajun food fix. 🙂

  4. Hilarious! I’m first going to admit I live in Maryland we’re totally crab country! I love this dip!! I love the cajun kick it delivers with LUMPS of crab, cream cheese -gosh I’m salivating. *wiping lip*. This would last all of .01 seconds in this house!!! Thanks for sharing David!! 🙂

    1. Haha…thank you so much, Tonya! I had to go Cajun on this dip…although I’m pretty sure I offended half of Maryland by not using Old Bay. Haha! And I’m pretty sure we tied you on how long this dip lasted around our house, too! 🙂

  5. I would give just about anything to see y’all rolling down the road in the Ghostbusters mobile with your dog sitting on a laundry basket! I would crack up to see your dog on a laundry basket in a regular car! How in tarnation did this come about? This cajun crab dip looks delicious. I sure wish I had been invited to that Maryland crab picnic!

    1. Hey, the dog on the laundry basket in a regular car happens. Like every time we hit the road. Keep your eyes open around Christmas when we make that 6 hour drive down to central Pennsylvania…I’m pretty sure there will be a dog on a laundry basket in the backseat! (Of course, you are further South…but take my word on it!) I think it came about just because Max likes to climb to the highest place he can find. Then he realized that there are soft clothes in that laundry basket. …and the rest was history. It makes for a fun story and some amused passengers in the other cars we pass! 🙂

  6. Kudos to you for spotting the Ghostbusters mobile on the I-49. I once saw a Delorean here in NYC and I almost started crying from happiness. It was so exciting, I couldn’t contain myself!
    This dip looks incredible man, totally tailgate fare!
    #WolfpackThrowbackRides

    1. Oh man, a Delorean! Wouldn’t it be pretty epic if you got a Delorean and I got an Ectomobile? We could cruise around on roadtrips together. Just when people got over the fact that a Deloreon passed them, they’d see the Ectomobile coming up their rear view mirror. If there’s something weird and it don’t look good, who you gonna call? The Wolfpack!! 🙂

  7. What struck me first when I scrolled my Feedly roll was your picture here with the tray. I want that tray – and the lobster spreader knife. You got the goods brother, cool stuff, like this dip. Awesome job and the ingredients sound like a perfect mix with that pound of crabmeat. Hells yeah!

    1. Hey, I know exactly where you can find that tray, Kevin! 🙂 And the lobster spreader knife? Hmmm…I think I picked that up at a gift store somewhere years ago. So I can’t help ya there, but I can get you most of the way with the tray! 🙂 True, crabmeat is a bit pricey, but you gotta go all when it comes to yummy tailgating dips!

  8. Crab isnot so easy to get hold of over here, so it always makes me sad (and hungry), when I see everyone’s crab recipes. I am going to hunt some out though (not literally haha) and make something soon.
    Dips are my weakness, I have never had a bad dip.

    1. I’ve never thought about that, Dannii…hmmm, maybe just add it to your ever-growing list of food items to hunt down on your cross-U.S. trip that’s coming up! Dips for the win!! 🙂

  9. Love this crab dip! The flavours sound delicious! Love fresh crab, it’s easily available in most seaside resorts here in the UK, I recently tried some of the best crab in Cromer. Fresh always taste amazing, loving the idea of adding cajun seasoning! Yum – I’m definitely going to try the recipe! 😀

    1. I’ve actually heard about Cromer, so it’s funny that you mention it! Apparently that’s just the universe telling me I need to take a vacation to England. 🙂 I hope you enjoy this dip, Jess!!

  10. Dave, I am salivating here and this is just not good.

    How dare you insult that highway. What did it ever do to you? Just joshing, when I drove Melbourne to sydney, it was 9 hours down one road. The same road. With the odd kangaroo sign or truck stop.

    1. Hey, that highway was just boring! I call ’em like I see ’em, Arman! 9 hours on one road? Man, how did you not fall asleep? Also, have you seen Ghostbusters? If not, stop what you are doing right now and go find it. It’s a classic! But there aren’t any kangaroos in that movie…sorry, mate!

  11. Yum!! This dip looks so good and sounds great for tailgating season. That serving tray sounds really cool too!

    I don’t think I knew you were a LSU fan. Not sure how I missed that! I see why you asked which Tiger fan I was. Just in case you missed it, Clemson Tigers! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Tamara! We definitely polished off this dip long before the games ever started…oops. Haha! Yup, it’s LSU around here…but there’s definitely a big chunk of my family that are die-hard Clemson fans. 🙂

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