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Cold Crab Dip Recipe

Cold Crab Dip Recipe – I first made this creamy cold crab dip recipe for a neighborhood party last year. I’ve been meaning to add it to the blog, but it doesn’t last long enough to take photos! Because honestly, we just can’t get enough of it over here!

cold crab dip recipe

Seafood for Life — We Love Seafood-based Recipes

Our family loves anything crab, but crab cakes are actually one of my husbands favorite foods of all time. Making crab cakes from scratch is not the hardest thing in the world, but making this cold crab dip recipe is even easier. Let’s just say now that I have this creamy cold crab dip recipe, I am making more crab dip than crab cakes these days.

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cold crab dip recipe

How to Make a Creamy Cold Crab Dip Recipe Without Dairy

Most conventional cold crab dip recipes call for a combination of store-bought mayonnaise plus cream cheese or Parmesan cheese. But because 80% of Americans are lactose intolerant AND we’re not going to promote dairy products, we made this cold crab dip recipe dairy free!

Plus, I am not a big fan of store-bought mayo (you can read why HERE). With the exception of a small bit of organic real cheese that I eat here and there, I avoid dairy. But you definitely don’t need dairy to make a super creamy and delicious crab dip.

cold crab dip recipe

So, Let’s Talk About Mayo and How to Make this Cold Crab Dip Recipe with a Healthier Mayo!

As for the mayo, I don’t buy store-bought. It’s just SO easy to make your own and homemade always tastes world’s better. Homemade is also so much healthier. I make a plant-based Egg Free Mayonnaise Recipe. The recipe takes less than 15 minutes to make.

However, if you just absolutely cannot find the time to make your own mayo, I totally get it. The cleanest store-bought brand I have found is the Mayo by Primal KitchenPrimal Kitchen does still use eggs and the product is sold not-refrigerated though. As I discuss in more detail HERE, this means the eggs are therefore processed in order to remain shelf-stable, which is not optimal in my opinion.

However, if you do not want to go to the trouble of making your own mayonnaise then Primal Kitchen is your best bet if you are trying to eat clean. 

cold crab dip recipe

Load Up On Veggies

Of course, as with just about all of my recipes, I couldn’t help but load in some vegetables into the cold crab dip recipe. I added celery, red onion and garlic. Plus fresh parsley and fresh dill. Fresh herbs are robust with flavor and nutrients and really give the cold crab dip recipe more flavor.

Almond Crackers and Cut Veggies Pair Perfectly with this Cold Crab Dip Recipe

Not only do we add vegetables to our cold crab dip recipe, but serving them with veggies is perfect too. However, if you would rather go a little less vegetable-based with this dish, look for Simple Mills Almond Crackers or make your own salty Tortilla Chips using this recipe.

The Simple Mills Almond Crackers only have a few simple, readable ingredients.

  • Nut and Seed Flour Blend (Almonds, Sunflower Seeds, Flax Seeds), Tapioca, Cassava, Organic Sunflower Oil, Sea Salt, Organic Onion, Organic Garlic, Rosemary Extract (For Freshness).

We are so impressed with these crackers and excited that Simple Mills has started to make other brands. You can now find them in your local grocery, but at Thrive Market, they are always about 25% cheaper. Worth the purchase and shipped typically within just a few days.

So, go by yourself some crab meat and enjoy with these tasty, clean delicious crackers.

cold crab dip recipe

What to Drink with Your Cold Crab Dip Recipe?

Of course you can’t go wrong with water and lemon or sparkling water, but I know a lot of people only make crab dip as an appetizer when entertaining. And entertaining typically involves offering guests something to drink other than water.

My Favorite Clean-Crafted Wine – Now Available Online!

For years, I have avoided wine because if you don’t know the source, then it’s hard to know what is actually in our wine. Knowing that the FDA does not regulate nearly as much as we wish they would, there are additives, tanins and all kinds of other yuck-stuff. So, I just avoided wine altogether.

But, not anytime.

I love clean-crafted wine made by Scout & Cellar. If you’re not familiar, now is a great time to check it out and pair some clean-crafted wines with your summer appetizers.

This recipe pairs really well with the Epic Pursuit Rose Wine or Dove Hunt Dog Rose. If you try out some of these favorites, be sure to leave a comment below to let other visitors know. We know what we like, but love to know what you like too.


Cold Crab Dip Recipe

Cold Crab Dip recipe is loaded with crab . An outdoor BBQ, a family dinner appetizer or really anytime. Delicious and nutritious.

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  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


  • 1 pound wild caught crab meat
  • 1 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup homemade garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon old bay seasoning
  • 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Fresh parsley or dill, finely chopped to garnish


  1. In a classic batter bowl, add the crab, celery and red onion. Mix together and set aside.
  2. In a small batter bowl, add the garlic sauce or mayo, old bay and Dijon. Mix together until very well combined and add to the crab mixture.
  3. Gently fold together until creamy, well mixed and ready to eat. Chill for up to 1 hour before serving. Mix again, if needed.
  4. Serve cold with homemade tortilla chips, celery and carrot sticks or Simple Mills almond crackers.

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*If you don’t want to make your own garlic sauce or vegan mayo, the best possible substiture for a clean store-bought brand is the Paleo Mayonnaise by Primal Kitchen

© 2024 clean cuisine Recipe by:

Aimee Niedosik

Aimee loves to craft delicious, nutrient-dense recipes to share with her family and friends. While in remission from autoimmune diseases and underlying viruses, she still maintains an anti-inflammatory and anti-aging diet. Aimee is a Christian, website designer, autoimmune community leader and lives in North Carolina with her husband, 2 kids and 2 dogs.

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Wednesday 8th of February 2023

I love those crackers too!! But sunflower oil is on our no-no list. We try to eliminate seed and vegetable oils. Even though organic, it’s still highly inflammatory and too high in omega 6. Thanks for the crab recipe. I’m bringing it to a potluck this Sunday!!

Aimee Niedosik

Thursday 9th of February 2023

Yes -- ugh, it's the ONE thing on their ingredient list that I'm not in love with. Perhaps we should try homemade crackers?! Enjoy the crab dip -- it's absolutely fantastic. In fact, I'm making some this coming weekend too!!

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