Hot Crab and Corn Dip

Full of texture, full of flavor.

Serving Size: 8

Is there anything (anything) better than a hot crab dip?

Don’t feel the need to answer that.

When you are making a dish with crab, you’ll immediately find that there are quite a variety of types of crab to choose from, and that prices range as well.

What Kind Of Crabmeat Should I Buy?

You can use pretty much any grade of crabmeat in this dip, depending on how much you want to spend, and how indulgent you want this dip to feel.  Skip the Colossal or Jumbo Lump Crabmeat, but go for any of the lower grades.

Colossal or Jumbo Lump Crabmeat

You can get colossal or jumbo lump crab which comes in the largest chunks, and is the most rare, and therefore the most pricey. This is for the splurgey dishes, when you want to see and eat big fat pieces of crab in a dish.

Lump Crabmeat

Regular lump crabmeat is slightly smaller, sometimes, jsut the broken version of the colossal or jumbo lump crabmeat.  Still impressive, still pricey.

Backfin Crabmeat

Backfin meat is a combination of lump crabmeat and the less expensive special crabmeat.  It’s great in soups and crab cakes and dips.

Special Crabmeat

This grade is made up of smallish flakes of white crabmeat.  Great for dips and salads and soups and stuffings.

Claw Crabmeat

This is the dark meat of the crab, less expensive, darker in color and quite pronounced in flavor.  Use this for soups, and to blend into seafood stuffings.


This Hot Crab and Corn Dip recipe works with whatever crab fits into your budget.  Serve with crackers or slices of baguette that have been toasted.

Hot Crab and Corn Dip

You can make this with reduced fat cream cheese, often labeled Neufchatel, and reduced fat sour cream, or (like me) you can sail into the decadence of it all and use the full fat versions of the dairy products.

Hot Crab and Corn Dip


  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 scallions, trimmed and minced (white and green parts)
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Coarse or kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 16 ounces fresh crab meat, picked over for shells, excess liquid pressed out
  • 1 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen and defrosted

1. Preheat the oven to 475°F. Place the cream cheese, sour cream, garlic, scallions, cayenne, parsley, Worcestershire, lemon juice, and salt and pepper in a bowl and use a fork, spoon or an electric mixer to blend well.  Add the crab and corn and fold to combine well.

2. Turn the mixture into a shallow 1 or 2-quart baking dish, spread it evenly, and bake for about 12 minutes, until hot and bubbly.  Give it a final minute under the broiler to really brown the top if desired.

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