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Artichoke Crab Dip Recipe

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creamy artichoke crab dip

There are recipes that are obviously holiday related. Things like sage stuffing, cranberry sauce, roasted turkey and sweet potatoes that are easily identifiable as holiday favorites. Then there’s my mom’s Creamy Artichoke Crab dip.

Its not something you would see and immediately think “holiday” unless of course you’re in my family. Why? Because around mom’s house, this dip has been an annual favorite for as many years as I can remember.

When I decided I was going to host a Christmas party at the end of December for some out of town friends, I immediately emailed my mom for the recipe. I had no idea how simple it was to make! I was pleasantly surprised.

I tucked the recipe away and was eagerly awaiting the party so I could enjoy the taste of tradition I so dearly missed (we haven’t had a holiday with my parents in over 2 years now since we moved to Oregon!).

Then I joined a girlfriends meetup group in my town in an effort to meet some women in my area to hang out with. They were hosting one of those “wine and painting” parties (which I love!) so I signed up.

I found out I was going to have to bring an appetizer. Score! That means I got to try out my favorite artichoke crab dip recipe a little early.

With much excitement I braved the Black Friday masses at Fred Meyer to grab one of these Rubbermaid Party Platters. I knew it would be perfect for toting my favorite dip to the gathering.

rubbermaid party platter

Its got separate compartments for all your fixin’s. Here in Oregon lots of folks are gluten-free and so its important to have the little sections for each kind of cracker.

I got rice crackers for the GF folks, wheat crackers for the rest of us, and some fresh bakery bread (because who can resist?) This dip is also great on veggies if you’re into that kind of thing.

crab artichoke dip rubbermaid

The artichoke crab dip was a huge hit at the meetup. The Party Platter stayed securely closed during the car ride there and home AND the leftovers were still fresh the next day. No stale crackers here. 

I did bring a small crock pot to heat the dip because this dip is actually best served warm, but the little container that comes with the platter is perfect for storing the leftovers too! AND they are dishwasher and microwave safe!

crab artichoke dip party platter

If you buy one of these at Fred Meyer, there’s also a $1.00 Ibotta rebate to make this an even better deal.

Ibotta Rubbermaid RebateI know it sounds like a weird combination, but it’s really quite delicious. Several people asked who brought the dip, and one lady even said it “smells heavenly!”

It’s a tradition in my family, and it’s sure to be a favorite at your next gathering. I’m going to be making it for our friends at Christmas, and I know they will just love it too!

wine and painting

PS: Check out my fancy schmancy artwork that I made at that event. I haven’t done much painting since college. I think I’m going to have to get back into it, what do you think? Have you ever done one of those classes? They are so much fun!

Have you tried this yummy artichoke crab dip?

Cheesy, Creamy Artichoke Crab Dip is the best, easy appetizer for all your holiday gatherings. So easy, yet tastes like it's fancy! This has been a tradition in my family for years, we have it every Christmas and both kids and adults love it's bubbly, gooey goodness. You can serve it on crackers, rice crackers for a gluten free option, or veggie sticks for a low carb option. Such a simple recipe, but SO good. #glutenfree #lowcarb #recipes #recipeideas #Christmas #holidays #holidayrecipes


Creamy Artichoke Crab Dip

Creamy Artichoke Crab Dip

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Hot, cheesy and delicious this creamy crab artichoke dip is always the favorite appetizer at all our holiday gatherings and parties!


  • 1 pkg regular cream cheese, softened
  • 1 jar artichoke hearts, chopped, drained
  • 6oz. lump crab meat (drained)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan/Romano cheese blend
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt


Mix all ingredients together and bake in greased baking dish at 375 for 1 hour (until bubbly) OR place in small crockpot on low for 2-4 hours stirring often. Serve with crusty bread, crackers or veggie sticks.


Easy and delicious! Can be made in the crockpot or oven.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 60 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 30mg Sodium: 400mg Carbohydrates: 2g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 6g
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Stace Werner

Wednesday 2nd of December 2015

Okay, first of all, your painting turned out amazing! I've never been to one of those parties before, and I'm not sure mine would have looked like a real tree like yours.

Now the dip... I have made a hot crab dip before and it tasted kind of bland. I love that this has artichoke in it, I think that is what mine was missing. I enjoy an easy to make recipe that wows a crowd! And the party platter? Such a great way to transport your food, and keep things separate - especially gluten-free items. #client


Tuesday 1st of December 2015

Did I miss the info about the crab? Didin't see it.

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Tuesday 1st of December 2015

Great googly moogly! Leave it to me to miss the main ingredient in the recipe! Thanks for letting me know, I added it to the recipe. :)