If you like creamy spinach dip, you will love this imitation crab and spinach dip.  This hot crab dip with hot spinach is one of the perfect crock pot recipes with simple ingredients. 

Likewise, this spinach crab dip is an easy appetizer for your family gathering, holiday parties,  or game day party.  The delicious dip is a great option especially if you are looking to add some lean protein like a few ounces imitation crabmeat.  Alternatively, if you want to use fresh crab meat, that is a great way to prepare the crab spinach dip.

Using the imitation crab meat makes a great appetizer on a budget.  Imitation crab is very affordable and ready to eat in the package. When making this recipe, I prefer to use frozen spinach instead of fresh spinach.

The reason why we use the frozen is because the frozen is already flash frozen and doesn’t shrink as much as fresh spinach.  In addition frozen spinach is ready to add to the crock pot right out of the bag making preparation a breeze. 

For best results, add these ingredients to the crock pot 4 hours before you want to eat. 

This recipe is similar to many of the ideas for imitation crab recipes.

Simple Imitation Crab and Spinach Dip Ingredients

The ingredients for the imitation crab and spinach dip are simple and delicious. 

Imitation Crab Meat

This lean protein comes in the form of lump crab meat, however, it is really made of Alaskan pollock fish.  Each package comes ready to eat, therefore preparation time for this dip is quite short. 

This warm crab and spinach dip tastes delicious with imitation crab meat.  Of course, if you want to substitute real crab meat in this dip, that will also be a delicious creation as well.

Chopped Onions

A chopped white or yellow onion works perfectly with this recipe.  In fact, I used chopped frozen onions for this recipe and it worked perfectly in this crab and spinach dip recipe. Green onions are also great for a garnish.

Frozen Spinach

Fresh baby spinach or frozen spinach both will work for this recipe.  Frozen spinach makes this recipe easier, moreover, just open the bag and add to a large bowl or right into the crock pot. 

Whipped Cream Cheese

The reason why I like whipped cream cheese is because it spreads really well and doesn’t take long to mix and melt into the recipe. 

Plain Greek Yogurt

This yogurt helps to make a nice creamy dip and a great flavor combination.


The mayonnaise adds a nice creamy texture to the spinach crab dip recipe.

Parmesan Cheese Shredded

Often times you may see spinach dip recipes with different kinds of cheeses.  However, grated parmesan cheese works perfectly in this recipe.

Optional Ingredients for Crab and Spinach Recipes 

You can add some additional ingredients into the crab spinach dip such as artichokes. For example, making a spinach artichoke dip along with the crab is a great way to add more vegetables and get more volume out of the recipe.  

In addition, a nice garnish on the top of the dip after serving makes a pretty plating.

  • Artichoke Hearts
  • Green Onions
  • Paprika
  • Parmesan Cheese Topping

What to Serve with Imitation Crab and Spinach Dip

There are so many options to serve with imitation crab and spinach dip. Nice crunchy vegetables or whole grain chips make a great compliment to the dip. 

Alternatively, this dip recipe would also taste great in a quesadilla. 

  • Tortilla Chips
  • Crackers such as Triscuits
  • Carrots 
  • Celery
  • Pita Chips

Serve this imitation crab and spinach dip with a seafood charcuterie board.

imitation crab and spinach dip

How to Store Spinach Crab Dip

Storing the seafood dip is simple.  Be sure to seal the leftovers in a dish. Cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil store in the refrigerator.

Equipment Needed to Make Hot Crab and Spinach Dip

The equipment needed for this recipe is simple! A crock pot or slow cooker! That is pretty much it.  

However, if you don’t have a crock pot, you can bake this crab spinach dip recipe in a casserole baking dish. 

If you enjoy seafood recipes, these Salmon recipes breakfast recipe ideas are perfect for easy seafood breakfast ideas.

imitation crab and spinach dip

Imitation Crab and Spinach Dip Crock Pot Recipe

This recipe combines a lean protein with one of your favorite dip recipes, spinach dip. Additionally, this imitation crab and spinach dip is a delicious way to enjoy this dip.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 146 kcal


  • 16 ounces Imitation Crab Meat
  • 1/2 cup Chopped onions
  • 24 ounces Frozen spinach
  • 4 ounces Whipped cream cheese
  • 5.3 ounce Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 4 ounces Mayonnaise
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese Shredded


  • Add all ingredients to crock pot (slow cooker).
  • Turn the crock pot on and cook on high, add the lid, and cook for 3 to 4 hours until all ingredients are melted together and heated.
  • Turn the crock pot off, open the lid, and stir the dip with a large spoon.


Calories: 146kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 7gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 362mgPotassium: 184mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 5135IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 148mgIron: 1mg
Keyword imitation crab and spinach dip
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