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Baked Parmesan Dip With Crabmeat

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Festive and fabulous, this baked parmesan dip with crabmeat is the perfect appetizer for your next restaurant style seafood dinner.

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Perfect for any occasion, not only because it is so easy to make but because the flavor strikes the right balance of delicately seasoned crabmeat with a hot and creamy sauce.

Instead of mayo, we substitute a rich blend of labneh and sour cream, that is lower in fat and calories.

Labneh, a thick yogurt cheese is similar to cream cheese and when mixed with a little sour cream, the texture is a perfect alternative to mayo.

You won’t even know the mayo is missing. It’s really that good!

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Ingredients Used in Baked Parmesan Dip With Crabmeat

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  • Crabmeat — typically made with lump crabmeat, you can use canned crabmeat for convenience. If you’d like to go all out, you can remove crab meat from crab legs and mix that in as well.
  • Parmesan Cheese — freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano parmesan cheese.
  • Cream Cheese — we used regular Philadelphia cream cheese.
  • Labneh — a thick yogurt cheese, similar in flavor to cream cheese, we like to substitute it for mayo and use less cream cheese.
  • Sour Cream — we recommend to use regular sour cream, not light or fat free, although you can if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Hot Sauce — we like Frank’s Red Hot sauce for a little kick, you can use your favorite hot sauce for a little kick.
  • Seasoning — Old Bay seasoning or an all purpose seasoning blend, if you don’t have Old Bay.
  • Garlic — garlic cloves, minced finely by hand or through a garlic press.
  • Lemon Juice — freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best flavor.

Optional Garnishes include snipped chives, green onions or parsley.

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How To Make Baked Parmesan Dip with Crabmeat

This baked parmesan dip with crab couldn’t be any easier to make. Just place your crab and remaining ingredients (except for a half cup of parmesan cheese) into a medium bowl.

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Mix it all up well and place into an oven save baking dish that also functions as a serving bowl.

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Sprinkle the rest of the parmesan cheese on top. Place the oven safe dish with dip in the preheated oven for about thirty minutes, enough for the dip to heat through and become golden in color.

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Serve with crackers and nacho chips.

Oh and if you’re planning to take a pic, remember to do so before it’s almost gone! 🙂 That is definitely the most difficult part of this recipe!

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Health Benefits of Crabmeat

Lump crabmeat is very low in carbs while being rich in protein. It is a good source of vitamin B12, selenium and omega 3 that has anti-inflammatory benefits.

What To Serve With Baked Parmesan Dip With Crabmeat

Baked parmesan dip with crabmeat goes so well with many main courses, particularly it reminds us of Red Lobster parmesan crab dip.

We love it for a homemade seafood restaurant inspired dinner with any of the following:

You’ll want to have a variety of crackers, pita bread cut into wedges and nacho chips to go with it. You can also serve with prepared vegetables like carrot, cucumber and celery sticks.

Plus, it’s a great appetizer for a surf and turf steak dinner or BBQ dinner.

You can serve it for any occasion, like Super Bowl game day, Valentine’s, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve and more.

What’s more, it pairs well with additional restaurant style appetizers (listed below) as well as a freshly made salad or soup.

It’s truly a go to recipe that you can make often.

Preparation and Storage Tips

Prepared crab dip can be stored in the refrigerator (covered) for up to five days.

Later, when you’d like to reheat, remove any plastic wrap and place the oven safe serving dish into the oven to heat through. Keep a close watch to ensure it doesn’t burn.

Alternatively, you can remove the plastic wrap and microwave the crab dip.

Best Uses for Leftover Parmesan Crab Dip

Restaurant style parmesan crab dip is so delicious that it is rare to have any leftover.

With that said, there are several amazing and easy recipes for crab dip leftovers, if you happen to have some.

We especially love our easy crab melt pita pizza that you can easily substitute leftover parmesan and cream cheese based crab dips for the crab mix in the recipe.

That makes the recipe even simpler than it already is and will have you enjoying that super delicious crab melt pizza in no time.

You can also add leftover parmesan crab dip to recipes like crustless crab quiche, crab alfredo and crabmeat sushi maki roll.

For the crab sushi roll recipe, the crab dip leftovers need to be thick enough, like the texture of tuna sandwich mix for the sushi to work.

Be sure to check out our post with more ideas for what to do with leftover crab dip.

More Restaurant Style Appetizers (Copycat Recipes)

These are some excellent Red Lobster inspired appetizers that are fantastic in a seafood dinner style menu:

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An Easy And Homemade Red Lobster Style Dinner With Appetizers

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Red Lobster Parmesan Crab Dip Recipe

Susan & Björn
Restaurant style flavor with lightly seasoned and savory crabmeat in a rich and creamy sauce without mayo. Serve with crackers, pita bread wedges, prepared vegetable sticks and nacho chips.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Red Lobster
Calories 242 kcal
Fiber 0.1 g
Carbohydrates 6 g


  • 4 ounces Crab Meat, canned, drained
  • 1-½ cup Parmesan Cheese, grated (save ½ cup for garnish)
  • ½ cup Cream Cheese, softened
  • ½ cup Labneh, (or Greek yogurt)
  • ½ cup Sour Cream
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon Juice, fresh squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon Hot Sauce, Frank's
  • ½ teaspoon Seasoning, Old Bay
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced


  • Mix all ingredients (aside from ½ cup of the parmesan cheese) in a medium size mixing bowl.
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  • Pour the mix into an oven-safe baking dish.
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  • Sprinkle the remaining parmesan cheese across the dish. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes until lightly browned. Serve with crackers or nacho chips.
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Calories: 242kcal Carbohydrates: 6g Fiber: 0.1g Net Carbohydrates: 6g Protein: 14g Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 10g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0.002g Cholesterol: 62mg Sodium: 703mg Potassium: 170mg Sugar: 2g Vitamin A: 654IU Vitamin C: 3mg Calcium: 293mg Iron: 0.3mg


The above nutritional values are estimates and should only be used as a guide. If you are following a specific diet or have dietary restrictions, please use your preferred nutritional calculator. If you have a food allergy please ensure that none of the listed ingredients are part of your restrictions. As well, always use a food thermometer to ensure safe cooking temperature of the food items.

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