Seafood Dip with Crab and Shrimp (Hot or Cold)

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In this easy Seafood Dip recipe, the combination of green onions, cheddar cheese, and natural flavorings meld together in a dip that’s bursting with flavor, creating a delectable dip that’s great served hot or cold.

Seafood Dip with Crab and Shrimp

Fast and Versatile Seafood Dip

Looking for a dish for your next party or family gathering that will not only impress at first sight but also leave everyone craving for more? That’s exactly what you’ll get with this seafood dip, combining the delicate flavors of lump crab meat and tiny shrimp with a creamy base that’s hard to resist. You’ll also love that this seafood dip recipe is extremely versatile. Not only can it be whipped up in a snap, making it a perfect appetizer for those last-minute get-togethers, but it’s also equally delicious served hot or cold – suiting every preference and occasion. 

Why you’ll love this Seafood Dip:

  • Simple and Quick: Ideal for spontaneous gatherings and can be prepared in no time. 
  • Versatile Serving: Delicious both hot and cold, catering to all tastes. 
  • Rich and Flavorful: Combines the best of seafood with creamy and cheesy goodness. 
Ingredients for Seafood Dip with Crab and Shrimp

Essential Ingredients for Shrimp and Crab Seafood Dip

  • Cooked and chopped small shrimp and lump crab meat: These provide a sweet, succulent bite that’s essential for any seafood lover’s dream dip. For those who might not be a fan of seafood, a good alternative can be finely chopped artichoke hearts for a similarly satisfying texture. 
  • Cream cheese and sour cream: Offering a creamy base that binds all the flavors together. If you’re looking for a lighter option, Greek yogurt is a fantastic substitute that doesn’t compromise on creaminess. 
  • Sharp cheddar cheese: Adds a depth of flavor and cheesiness that makes the dip irresistibly moreish. For those with a dairy intolerance, there are numerous non-dairy cheese alternatives available on the market that melt beautifully into the mix. 
  • Mayonnaise: Contributes to the dip’s lush texture. Avocado mayonnaise is a great healthier option with a similar creamy consistency. 
  • Green onions, garlic powder, and onion powder: These aromatics give the dip a burst of flavor that complements the natural flavorings of the seafood. For an extra kick, finely diced jalapeno or a dash of hot sauce can be added. 
  • Old Bay, Cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper: Essential seasonings that elevate the dip to new heights of taste. Lemon juice can be added for a fresh twist that pairs wonderfully with seafood. 
Seafood Dip with Crab and Shrimp

Step-by-Step Instructions

​As I mentioned, this dip is wonderful served cold or hot. Here are instructions for preparing it both ways. 

How to Make Cold Seafood Dip

  1. Chop cooked shrimp and cooked crab meat into small pieces. If using canned tiny shrimp there is no need to chop, but you will need to drain the liquid.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, stirring until well-mixed to create the creamy base of our seafood dip. 
  3. Cover the cream cheese mixture tightly with plastic wrap, ensuring an airtight container to maintain that fresh, natural flavoring. 
  4. Chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours, allowing the flavors of the tiny shrimp, lump crab meat, and creamy dip to meld perfectly. 
  5. Before serving, garnish with additional shrimp and a sprinkle of chopped green onions for that final touch of flavor and presentation. 

How to Make Hot Seafood Dip

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Chop cooked shrimp and cooked crab meat into small pieces. If using canned tiny shrimp there is no need to chop, but you will need to drain the liquid.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, stirring until well-mixed to create the creamy base of our seafood dip.
  4. Place the dip into an oven-safe baking dish. 
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until bubbly. If desired, sprinkle the top with some extra shredded cheese before baking.
  6. Garnish with chopped green onions before serving.
Seafood Dip with Crab and Shrimp

What to Serve with Seafood Dip

Serve your hot or cold seafood dip with a variety of dipping options.

  • Carrot sticks and celery sticks bring a crisp, refreshing contrast to the creamy base of our seafood dip. 
  • Pretzels and crackers add a pleasing crunch, enhancing the dip’s texture. 
  • Chipstortilla chips, and pita chips are perfect for scooping up generous amounts of this delicious dip. 
  • Serving the seafood dip hot or cold in a bread bowl makes it not just a dish but a conversation starter at your next party. 

Tips & Tricks

  • Save time by using already-cooked cocktail shrimp or canned tiny salad shrimp.
  • Substitute imitation crab meat instead of real crab meat for a less expensive dip.
  • Use cajun seasoning in place of Old Bay Seasoning for a different flavor.
  • Instead of sharp cheddar cheese, try a different shredded cheese such as Monterey Jack, Colby, American, or Gouda.
Seafood Dip with Crab and Shrimp

Keeping Your Seafood Dip Fresh and Tasty

Keep your delicious dip fresh to enjoy the next day or at your next party. 

  • Scoop your seafood mixture into an airtight container; this prevents unwanted flavors from invading and keeps the dip’s natural flavorings intact. 
  • Next, press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the cream cheese mixture before sealing the container. This little trick helps to better preserve the moisture and freshness of the dip. 
  • The seafood dip can stay fresh and tasty in the fridge for up to 3-5 days if stored correctly. If you notice any liquid separation after storing, simply give it a good stir to blend all the flavors again. 
  • To rejuvenate leftovers for another serving, mixing in a tiny bit of lemon juice or hot sauce can revive the dip, bringing back that fresh-from-the-kitchen taste. 

More Dip Recipes

Serving dips is a great way to nudge my family towards healthier snacking, or how to make our casual get-togethers a bit more savory. There’s something about that creamy base, whether it’s a delectable seafood mixture or another favorite, that makes even the simplest veggies irresistible. By serving dips with a colorful array of veggies like carrot sticks, bell peppers, cucumbers, and celery sticks, I find it easier to get everyone excited about eating their greens. 

This last summer, we discovered just how perfect dips can be for nearly any occasion. Whether it was a last-minute pool party or an intimate family gathering, a bowl of creamy dip was always the highlight. And it’s not just about the veggies; these dips pair wonderfully with our favorite crackers, pita chips, and even tortilla chips, making them a versatile option for any hosting scenario. 

Here are some more dip recipes to consider for your next party or get-together.

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Seafood Dip with Crab and Shrimp
Seafood Dip with Crab and Shrimp

Seafood Dip with Crab and Shrimp (Hot or Cold)

Melisha Kreppein
In this easy Seafood Dip recipe, the combination of shrimp, crab, green onions, cheddar cheese, and natural flavorings meld together in a dip that’s bursting with flavor, creating a delectable dip that’s great served hot or cold.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Seafood
Servings 10 servings
Calories 259 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ½ lb small shrimp cooked and chopped
  • 6 oz lump crab meat cooked and chopped
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 3 green onions finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

Cold Seafood Dip

  • Chop cooked shrimp and cooked crab meat into small pieces. If using canned tiny shrimp there is no need to chop, but you will need to drain the liquid.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, stirring until well-mixed to create the creamy base of our seafood dip. 
  • Cover the cream cheese mixture tightly with plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator 1-2 hours before serving. Garnish with chopped green onions and a few pieces of shrimp.

Hot Seafood Dip

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Chop cooked shrimp and cooked crab meat into small pieces. If using canned tiny shrimp there is no need to chop, but you will need to drain the liquid.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, stirring until well-mixed to create the creamy base of our seafood dip. 
  • Place the dip into an oven-safe baking dish. 
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until bubbly. If desired, sprinkle the top with some extra shredded cheese before baking.
  • Garnish with chopped green onions before serving.

Notes

Tips & Tricks

  • Save time by using already-cooked cocktail shrimp or canned tiny salad shrimp.
  • Substitute imitation crab meat instead of real crab meat for a less expensive dip.
  • Use cajun seasoning in place of Old Bay Seasoning for a different flavor.
  • Instead of sharp cheddar cheese, try a different shredded cheese such as Monterey Jack, Colby, American, or Gouda.

Nutrition

Calories: 259kcalCarbohydrates: 5.4gProtein: 21.2gFat: 17.2gSaturated Fat: 8.3gCholesterol: 187mgSodium: 439mgPotassium: 172mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 1.1gCalcium: 187mgIron: 1mg
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