Easy Smoked Crab Dip

Easy Smoked Crab Dip on a platter with veggies

A delicious, hot smoked dip made with lump crab, cheeses, fresh dill, and green onion. This easy to make low carb keto friendly crab dip is the perfect appetizer or topping for your next surf and turf dinner.

Every good party, needs a good dip. But an amazing party needs this smoked crab dip recipe! While I love some classic 30 minute Smoked Crab legs, I also love how delicious and versatile the dip version can be!

This easy keto crab dip is a classic crowd pleaser and this recipe is never a disappointment. With a handful of staple fridge ingredients and pantry spices, you can recreate this at home in under 15 minutes. Don’t have a grill or smoker? No problem, you can easily bake this in the oven instead. 

What I really love is how versatile this dip is, because it naturally is a low carb keto recipe and gluten free. You can serve it with a variety of vegetables, regular or keto friendly pita chips , keto tortilla chips or crackers or fresh French bread slices too. This can easily fit any diet or lifestyle and is still a nice way to indulge and enjoy something comforting.

Easy Smoked Crab Dip on a piece of celery held by a hand

Want to use the dip in a different way? Pair with a reverse seared steak for the perfect surf and turf combo for a special dinner or use leftovers in an omelet for breakfast too. The options are endless!

Grab all the details for this dip below and read through for helpful tips, techniques and possible substitutions for a foolproof recipe. Let’s dive in!

You can also view my Smoked Crab Dip web story too for a quick overview

“School” Supplies:

  • Grill (Optional)
  • 4×6 inch Casserole Dish or 6 inch Cast Iron Skillet 
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Knife & Cutting Board

Class Notes:

Below I bread down the ingredients used, cooking tips and possible substitutions for the perfect grilled crab dip appetizer. Here is what you need:

  • Lump Crab – I buy the 8 oz. package of refrigerated lump crab meat. I like the lump crab meat because it is more affordable than claw meat, but either will work. Be sure to rinse the meat in a strainer (reduces the fishy smell) and pat it dry with paper towel to remove moisture. Also check it for any stray shell pieces too!

Lump crab meat on a paper towel lined baking sheet.

  • Boursin Cheese – This is a pre-packaged softer herby style cheese. There are different brands you can use that are similar or you can substitute this base cheese dip with cream cheese. I love the herb and garlic flavor of this cheese and found it a great addition. 
  • Sour Cream – Adds a little more to the base of the dip. You can either add more boursin cheese instead or cream cheese if that’s what your prefer. 
  • Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese – I prefer pepper jack cheese for the spicy kick it has. A mozzarella would work as well as a substitute too. 

Easy Smoked Crab Dip  ingredients in white bowls

  • Dijon – I like the little tangy kick it gives. It’s not abundantly clear that mustard is in this recipe, so if you’re not a fan you can omit. 
  • Worcestershire Sauce – Just a little bit of this sauce adds some depth and saltiness to the dish. 
  • Minced Garlic – Use a few cloves and mince finely. The minced garlic enhances the herby boursin and pairs nicely with the crab meat. 
  • Green Onion – Thinly slice a few green onions for onion flavor and a little crunchy texture. Regular yellow onion would be a fine substitute too if desired. 

Lump crab meat on a paper towel lined baking sheet.

  • Fresh Dill – Fresh dill is not as intense of a flavor as dried dill. I think fresh ingredients paired anytime with canned or pre-packed seafood helps liven it up without over powering it. Dried dill can be substituted if you use half the amount, 
  • Spices – I used black pepper, smoky paprika, a little cayenne (or Tabasco sauce) and celery salt mixed with the fresh dill to bring a nice flavor to the dish. No celery salt? Just add regular sea salt instead. 

Easy Smoked Crab Dip  spices on a plate

  • Liquid Smoke (Optional) – If you don’t want to grill or smoke this dip you can add a little liquid smoke instead (or omit entirely if desired). This will add some of that delicious smoke flavor to the dish even if it’s just baked in the oven.

How do I make crab dip?

This recipe is incredibly simple and can easily be assembled in less than 15 minutes and bakes in the oven or on the grill in about 30 minutes.

  1. Preheat your smoker or grill to 350 F. and set it for indirect heat. Use a milder-mid tier wood for smoking. If baking, preheat your oven to 350 F. as well. 
  2. Start by rinsing the crab meat, patting it dry on paper towels, and checking for any stray shell pieces. Set it aside.
  3. Mix the fresh dill, paprika, celery salt, cayenne (or Tabasco sauce), and black pepper in with the lump crab meat. 
  4. In a bowl, mix you boursin cheese, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, garlic, green onion, and liquid smoke (if using) together in a bowl.
  5. Add the seasoned lump crab meat mixture and the shredded cheese and fold everything together.
  6. Place into a small baking dish or 6 inch cast iron pan and pat down until even. Grill/smoke/ or bake your dip until hot all the way through and golden brown on top. This takes roughly 30 minutes.

Easy Smoked Crab Dip ingredients mixed in a bowl

What should I serve it with? 

I like to serve this on a large platter with a variety of dipping options. Slice some carrots, celery, and small sweet peppers. Cucumber chips or radish chips are great options as well.

If you are looking for low carb and keto friendly dippers then try one of these:

Keto Crackers

Low Carb Pita Chips

Keto Tortilla Chips

You can also toast up some Sola Company low carb bread or use store bought low carb tortillas to make chips too. In addition I like to add regular sliced French bread rounds or wheat crackers to the platter to be versatile for all diets and lifestyles. 

Easy Smoked Crab Dip

Garnish your dip with fresh dill, a little tomato, and more green onion. Fresh lemon juice goes very nicely too. I like to make a Singapore Sling cocktail or this Strawberry Lemonade Whiskey Smash to pair with it. 

Have leftover dip? Make your own crab cakes or serve surf n’ turf style with your favorite steak or even to fancy up a simple reverse seared tri-tip too. Either way, you can’t go wrong. Grab the recipe and nutritional information below and enjoy.

Love smoked seafood recipes? Try this easy smoked shrimp recipe or this smoked cedar plank salmon salad too!

Yield: 16 oz.

Smoked Crab Dip

Easy Smoked Crab Dip on a platter with veggies

A delicious, hot smoked dip made with lump crab, cheeses, fresh dill, and green onion. This easy to make low carb keto friendly crab dip is the perfect appetizer or topping for your next surf and turf dinner.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. Lump Crab Meat
  • 2 oz. Boursin Cheese (or softened cream cheese)
  • 2 oz. Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 3 Green Onions, sliced thin
  • 2 Tbsp. Fresh Dill, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp. Celery Salt
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne or Tabasco Sauce
  • Optional- 1 tsp Liquid Smoke (if baking)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your smoker or grill to 350 F. and set it for indirect heat. Use a milder-mid tier wood for smoking. If baking, preheat your oven to 350 F. as well. 
  2. Start by rinsing the crab meat, patting it dry on paper towels, and checking for any stray shell pieces. Set it aside.
  3. Mix the fresh dill, paprika, celery salt, cayenne (or Tabasco sauce), and black pepper in with the lump crab meat. 
  4. In a bowl, mix you boursin cheese, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, garlic, green onion, and liquid smoke (if using) together in a bowl.
  5. Add the seasoned lump crab meat mixture and the shredded cheese and fold everything together. 
  6. Place into a small baking dish or 6 inch cast iron pan and pat down until even. Grill/smoke/ or bake your dip until hot all the way through and golden brown on top, about 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat source and serve with sliced veggies, low carb chips and crackers, or regular bread and crackers that you prefer.

Notes

Any similar garlic herb cheese can be subbed with the Boursin cheese. Cream cheese works as well. Read the blog post for additional recipe substitutes too.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 137Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 599mgCarbohydrates: 3gNet Carbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 12g