cajun crab dip

This hot cajun crab dip with imitation crab is an easy appetizer that is the perfect party food with a cajun kick. 

This easy recipe is a great option when you are looking make a seafood dip for a small group.  Not only is this crab dip recipe perfect for game day, it is also ideal for any time of year or for your seafood charcuterie board.

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What are the Ingredients for Imitation Crab Dip

The ingredients for the imitation crab dip are simple.  The main ingredient, of course, is the imitation crab meat. However, if you prefer to use real crab or lump crab meat that is also a good alternative and very flavorful. 

 Real crab is more seasonal and also more expensive than imitation crab meat.  

Here are the remaining ingredients for the imitation cajun crab dip. 

  • Ingredients:
  • Imitation Crab Meat
  • Whipped Cream Cheese
  • Mayonnaise with olive oil
  • Liquid Crab Boil Cajun Seasoning Blend
  • sauteed onion (optional)
  • Louisiana Hot Sauce (We use Tobasco)
  • Garlic Powder
cajun crab dip

Cajun Crab Dip with Imitation Crab Meat Appetizer

Most people don’t realize that imitation crab is actually a white fish and typically Alaskan pollock fish.  It looks like fake crab and has the flavor or crab, however, it is a lean protein that is ready to eat.  

Imitation crab doesn’t require cooking, therefore, it is an easier option than real crab when it comes to a quick appetizer.  

Not to mention, imitation crab meat is much less cost than real lump crab meat.  Therefore, it is the perfect appetizer for a party on a budget.

Cajun Hot Crab Dip Recipes with Imitation Crab

Most cajun hot crab dip recipes have the following ingredients: cream cheese softened, creole seasoning, and onion or green onion.  The following ingredients are found in some cajun crab dip recipes as an additional flavor or garnish: worcestershire sauce, shredded cheddar cheese, and green onion. 

Liquid crab boil is what I used in this imitation crab dip.  The reason why I used the liquid crab boil is because it adds an element of flavor that tastes like boiled seafood.  If you do not have liquid crab boil, you can use old bay seasoning to get a similar flavor.

Keeping the Imitation Crabmeat Dip Warm

Keeping the imitation crabmeat dip warm is simple by using a couple of pieces of equipment.  However, don’t stress, the dip is great after it cools as well. 

Here are some great ways to keep the dip warm. Use the following kitchen equipment keeping a warm temperature:

  • slow cooker
  • crock pot
  • cast iron skillet
I just served it into a dish with chips as well when we were ready to eat.

What to Serve with Cajun Crab Dip Recipes

Have you seen a thick seafood dip served in a crusty bread bowl?  This is one of the best ideas for a functional bowl for a hot or cold dip.  

However, you can serve this cajun imitation crab dip in a baking dish or straight from the slow cooker.

  • Ritz crackers
  • Saltine crackers
  • Multigrain Tortilla Chips
  • Triscuits
  • Celery
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Carrots
  • Red Pepper (Bell Pepper)

Cold Cajun Crab Dip Ideas

This cajun crab dip with imitation crab can be served cold if you prefer. Personally, I think it tastes better warm or hot. 

In addition, if you have leftover crab dip, place it into an airtight container to store in the refrigerator.  The next day, try the dip cold out of the refrigerator for a whole different flavor profile.

Storing the Cajun Imitation Crab Dip

If you have leftover crab dip, store the seafood dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Leftover dip is easy to store in the refrigerator.

Imitation crab meat works so well for a variety of recipes.  Find more Healthy Imitation Crab Recipes.

cajun crab dip

Hot Cajun Crab Dip Using Imitation Crab

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Cajun
Servings 6 people
Calories 270 kcal


  • 16 ounces Imitation Crab Meat 1 pound pacakge
  • 4 ounces Whipped Cream Cheese
  • 4 ounces Mayonnaise Can substitute plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Hot Sauce We use Tobasco
  • 1/4 teaspoon Liquid Crab Boil We use Zatarains
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbsp Parsley


Mixing Instructions

  • Open the package of imitation crab meat and add to a large mixing bowl. Using gloved hands or clean hands, shred the meat into shredded pieces. If you are using chunks of meat, no need to chop. If you are using crab sticks, you may need to chop these shreds.
  • Add the whipped cream cheese, mayonnaise, hot sauce, liquid crab boil, and minced garlic. Mix together until all of the meat is coated.

Microwave Instructions

  • After following mixing instructions, next add the mixture into microwave safe glass bowl or casserole dish. Heat the ingredients until it is heated through on medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the microwave and mix in lemon juice. Add to serving dish and garnish with parsley.

Baking Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Following mixing instructions. Add the mixture to a 8x8 casserole dish. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake 15-20 minutes until ingredients are heated together. Remove from the oven and mix in lemon juice. Garnish with parsley.

Cold Serving Instructions

  • Follow mixing instructions. After ingredients are mixed together. Add lemon juice and garnish with parsley. Ready to serve.


Calories: 270kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 6gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 682mgPotassium: 37mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 378IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 0.1mg
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