Hot Crab Dip Baked in a Bread Bowl

Hot Crab Dip is always a favorite dip at most parties. This Hot Crab Dip is baked in a bread bowl making it extra delicious. Perfect for holiday parties, game days, and more. Come on in and I’ll share this Crab Dip Recipe with you…

hot crab dip in a bread bowl

Hot Crab Dip…

Delicious served hot or cold. I sampled the dip while it was cold before it was baked and it was delicious. Baking it, of course, will give the entire dip a crab flavor. It really just depends on if you want to have an all-over crab flavor or just a hint of crab meat with each bite.

This is a delicious appetizer recipe and one of many yummy appetizer recipes that I have shared over the years. One of the appetizers that my mother-in-law passed down to me is this meatballs with chili sauce and grape jelly, and also this recipe for cream cheese and mushroom party rye appetizer. Another favorite recipe that is so delicious is a warm artichoke dip

Crab Dip Recipe

Easy Crab Dip Recipe

Here are some Optional Add-Ins for this Crab Dip…

  • crumbled cooked bacon
  • Asparagus hearts – chopped
  • Jalapeno – pickled or fresh, diced
  • Only put in half of the crab meat and add cocktail shrimp – diced

Tips for Making Crab Dip…

  • This crab dip is made with cheddar, but other shredded cheese works well. Monterey Jack, Mozzarella, and Havarti are all great cheeses that melt well
  • Lump crab meat is easily found in the refrigerator section of your seafood department or in cans, but fresh crab meat is really the best substitute
  • This dip is baked in a bread bowl, but you could substitute any baking dish

What Should you serve with Crab Dip?

  • Serve toasted bread rounds
  • Pieces of bread from the sourdough bowl
  • Crackers
  • Pita Chips
  • Sliced cucumbers

Here’s the recipe for Crab Dip in a Bread Bowl…

Hot Crab Dip Recipe in a Bread Bowl

Hot Crab Dip Baked in a Bread Bowl

Hot Crab Dip is easy to make and a hit at parties.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 217cal
Author: Melissa
Cost: $15


  • 8 oz. Crab Mea fresh is preferred or lump
  • 1 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1&1/2 cups sour cream
  • 5 green onions sliced
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded – mild or sharp
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 sourdough round bread loaves


  • Mix the crab meat, cream cheese, sour cream, onions, cheddar cheese, and spices
  • Slice the tops off of the round loaves and pull the bread out – hallowing the bread bowl out
  • Fill the bread bowls with the dip mixture
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes


Storing your crab dip – Store, covered up to 3 days in the refrgerator
Want to make it in advance?
You can make this up to 8 hours in advance. Just mix all of the ingredients and store them in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake. When you are ready, follow the instructions for slicing the bread bowl and baking.
nutrition facts are only an estimate 


Calories: 217cal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 718IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 184mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Terry

    Shouldn’t you add the Crab to the instructions, “Mix the cream cheese, sour cream, onions, cheddar cheese, and spices”

    1. Melissa

      Yes! I most definitely should add crab! So sorry. Thank you for pointing that out.