Cold Crab Dip

Cool and creamy with a layer of red chili sauce on the cream cheese mixture this Cold Crab Dip is an excellent appetizer!

Thick layer of cream cheese showing in edge of a glass dish with cocktail sauce and crab on top of the cold appetizer sitting on a red and white napkin.

Cold Crab Dip Recipe

We love that cold crab dip can be quickly mixed up a day ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator to make the day of the party easier. 

Easy party food is a must when having guests that like to graze.  This cold crab dip recipe is a fun snack for the family when watching a ballgame or is nice to include in a variety of appetizers when entertaining.

Chili sauce adds a pop of flavor and tastes like cocktail sauce when each bite is blended with Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, mayo and chopped onion. 

The crabmeat adds the crustation seafood flavor that tastes upscale but is easy enough to mix up at home. One of our favorite parts of going on vacation or a Disney Cruise is enjoying seafood and unique dishes.

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Close up of a wheat cracker dipping in cold crab dip with cocktail sauce.

Serve with cheesy White Pizza Dip, a classic Reuben Dip and Salami Roll-Ups or a variety of dips and appetizers that are delicious!

Just like the Buffalo sauce in crock pot cauliflower and Buffalo chicken dip adds a memorable kick the crab meat adds variety to a tailgate or get together. 

Cajun Crab Dip

This cold crap dip can be made with cajun flavors by mixing in 1 to 2 teaspoons of cajun seasoning into the cream cheese mixture instead of using garlic salt.

Meaty shredded crab mixed with a tangy red cocktail sauce and rich cream cheese mixture on a cracker next to the full dish.

Ingredients Needed

  • Can of Crab Meat – White crab meat that’s shredded is cheaper than lump crab meat, so that makes the most sense.
  • Cream cheese
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Lemon juice – we like freshly squeezed
  • Mayonnaise
  • Onion – Sweet onion is our preference, but white or yellow onion works fine too
  • Garlic Salt – Or a combination of garlic powder and sea salt or Kosher salt
  • Chili Sauce
Ingredients to make cold crab dip are cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, mayonnaise, onion, garlic salt, chili sauce and crab meat on a wooden counter top.

Tips & Tricks

  • Start with softened cream cheese for the smoothest dip possible
  • Finely chopped onion blends best into the cream cheese mixture
  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice will maximize fresh flavors in this dip
  • Drain the crab very well so the dip isn’t soggy
  • Refrigerate dip prior to serving and serve dish over ice if dip will be left out for very long
  • A 9″ pie pan or another similarly sized shallow pan can be used – two or more smaller dishes can also be used to make smaller servings
Pie plate filled with crab dip appetizer and a hand dipping a cracker in with a dish full of crackers behind the cold dish.

Can You Freeze Crab Dip

Seafood has a short shelf life, so this dip is best consumed within a couple days of making it. For maximum freshness store in the refrigerator and avoid freezing.

Thumb holding a cracker in a cold crab dip recipe with parsley sprinkled on top.

Can Crab Dip Be Made Ahead of Time?

To help save time make the cream cheese mixture 1 to 2 days ahead of time. Cover tightly and store in the refrigerator.

Add the chili sauce and well drained crab just before serving.

Enjoy the same day as the dip is prepared for best results. The juice from the chili sauce and crab will settle in the bottom of the dish a day or two later.

Overhead view of partially eaten creamy and tangy crab dip with cream cheese layer on a red and white napkin with crackers in a white dish behind the plate.

How to Make Crab Dip

Beat softened cream cheese to ensure there’s no lumps. Mix in Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, mayonnaise, chopped onion and garlic salt.

Cream cheese, mayo, Worcestershire sauce, onion and garlic salt mixture in a glass pie plate.

Spread evenly in a dish. Spread half a bottle of chili sauce over the cream cheese mixture.

Bottle of chili sauce poured over cream cheese mixture in a round glass dish on a wooden counter.

Then sprinkled well drained crabmeat evenly over the top.

Cream cheese, mayo and Worcestershire sauce layered with chili sauce and crab meat in a round glass dish.

More Delicious Appetizer Recipes:

Garlic Parmesan Fries melt parmesan cheese over fries in a garlic butter sauce that is delicious!

Linguine Salad is is rich with Italian dressing, pasta supreme salad seasoning, parmesan cheese and chopped vegetables to make a flavorful pasta salad.

Orange Delight can be quickly stirred up to make a weight watchers treat that can be enjoyed any time of the day!

Pepperoni Pizza Roll-Ups use veggie tortillas to put a spin on a classic dish with pizza flavors.

Homemade crab dip recipe served cold on a cracker

Cold Crab Dip

Servings 12 servings
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
Cool and creamy with a layer of red chili sauce on the cream cheese mixture this Cold Crap Dip is an excellent appetizer!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 12 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 6 ounces chili sauce
  • 6 ounces crab meat well drained


  • Using an electric mixer beat cream cheese until smooth. Mix in Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, mayonnaise, onion and garlic salt.
    12 ounces cream cheese, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1 small onion, 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Spread mixture evenly in a 9" pie pan.
  • Spread chili sauce on top. Sprinkle crab meat evenly over the chilli sauce. Chill.
    6 ounces chili sauce, 6 ounces crab meat


Calories: 134kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 5gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 493mgPotassium: 154mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 485IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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Originally published on April 13, 2021 with updates made on December 28, 2023.


  1. Recipe looks good but plz fix the typo
    Cold crap dip?

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      How embarrassing! Thanks so much for letting me know, it’s fixed!

  2. Is that parsley you’re using for garnish on top of the dip? It isn’t mentioned in the recipe.

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There! Yes – it is parsley as a garnish. Hope you enjoy the recipe 🙂

  3. What is the best thing to use with this… crackers, chips? What do you prefer?

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There! Wheat thins are our favorite, but a cracker or chip that you enjoy would probably work well!

  4. Hi, just wondering what the serving size is based off of the nutrition information. Thank you!

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There! Good question! The estimated serving size is 12, which is at the top of the recipe card. Keep in mind the nutrition info can change quite a bit if different products are used at home, for example low fat cream cheese, fresh crab, etc. Hope you enjoy!

  5. Jennifer, I hope you see this. Haven’t posted like this before.
    But I saw there were twelve servings, and my apologies because this is all new two me, but if I had one serving, what would that size be. (I.e. 2 table spoons, 1/4 cup, etc…). I don’t know how to determine that from information provided.

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There! Remember nutrition info is just an estimate as the exact products used in each person’s home can vary greatly. Since the total amount of ingredients can vary based on how the recipe is prepared, cutting the pie plate into 12 equal sections is the best way to get evenly sized servings. Hope this helps.

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