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This spicy Healthier Hot Crab Dip is a fantastic (healthy) appetizer to share for game day! And it will blow the doors off any hot crab dip you’ve tried before because it is packed with sweet delicious crab, spicy Sriracha, lemon zest, scallions and spices.

This spicy Healthier Hot Crab Dip is a fantastic (healthy) appetizer to share for game day! | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster | #glutenfree #appetizer #superbowl

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My first restaurant cooking job was as a prep cook at a pub in a mountain town in Colorado. Every morning, clipboard in hand, I would take inventory from the night before and make a plan of all of the prep for the day. There were two other prep cooks, Warren and Homie. {His name was actually John, but we all called him Homie. I’m not sure why.} Looking back on it, I am also not sure why the chef gave me so many responsibilities. I was only 19, and had never cooked in a restaurant before. Why was I the one in charge of the list? I have some theories… We’re going to stick to discussing crab dip though, okay?

This spicy Healthier Hot Crab Dip is a fantastic (healthy) appetizer to share for game day! | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster | #glutenfree #appetizer #superbowl

Anyway, after making the prep list, I spent the day chopping, and stirring and grating and fileting. I spent hours with the Hobart mixer. It was about the same size as me. By the end of the summer, I was amazingly adept at grating 2 five gallon buckets of cheese in under 10 minutes.

I always think of cooking in that kitchen when I think of hot crab dip. It was one of the dozens of recipes I was in charge of keeping stocked. Or rather I should say it was hot “mock crab” dip. The version at the pub was of course made in that giant Hobart. It involved two of those foot long bricks of cream cheese and a couple packages of mock crab, Parm, scallions, Old Bay and sour cream. I don’t remember the recipe exactly, but at any rate, it wasn’t health food. But folks loved it! {And, I’m not going to lie. It was pretty good. Mock crab or no.}

I have been wanting an excuse to do a make-over of hot crab dip forever, but never got to it. So this month, when Crunchmaster® Crackers asked if I would share a healthier comfort food recipe showcasing their crackers, I knew it was the time to tackle making a healthier hot crab dip.

This spicy Healthier Hot Crab Dip is a fantastic (healthy) appetizer to share for game day! | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster | #glutenfree #appetizer #superbowl

Crunchmaster® crackers are perfect for dipping in this hot crab dip because they are so crisp and crunchy. If you haven’t tried Crunchmaster® crackers yet, get ye to thy grocery store STAT and buy some. They’re hands down one of my favorite crackers on the planet. It’s not just the crunch…they also have the perfect amount of salt and toasty flavor which is super important. And I love that they’re non-GMO. And they’re gluten-free, so when I serve them I know everyone can enjoy!

This spicy Healthier Hot Crab Dip is a fantastic (healthy) appetizer to share for game day! | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster | #glutenfree #appetizer #superbowl

How I made this Hot Crab Dip Healthier

  • I started with reduced fat cream cheese or Neufchatel. It has 1/3 less fat than regular cream cheese, but with all of the other ingredients, you don’t miss the extra fat.
  • I only used 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise (some recipes for crab dip call for a full cup!) Instead I added in 2/3 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt- which keeps the dip creamy but adds far fewer calories.
  • Then I proceeded to drive to flavor town with reckless abandon. Lemon zest, check! Old Bay, check! Parm, check! Sriracha, double check!
  • To that I stirred in a whole pound of crab meat. Yes it was real crab meat. And oh my goodness, I wish these photos did the crabbiness of this dip justice. Suffice it to say- there is nothing “mock” about this Hot Crab Dip recipe.
  • Lastly- just bake it up before serving. And then dip and crunch! Check out the instructions for making it ahead below in the recipe. It works great.

This spicy Healthier Hot Crab Dip is a fantastic (healthy) appetizer to share for game day! | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster | #glutenfree #appetizer #superbowl

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This spicy Healthier Hot Crab Dip is a fantastic (healthy) appetizer to share for game day! | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster | #glutenfree #appetizer #superbowl

healthier hot crab dip

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 32
  • Category: appetizer

Description

This spicy Healthier Hot Crab Dip is a fantastic (healthy) appetizer to share for game day! And it will blow the doors off any hot crab dip you’ve tried before because it is packed with sweet delicious crab, spicy Sriracha, lemon zest, scallions and spices.


Ingredients

  • 8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese (neufcatel), softened
  • 2/3 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 2 teaspoons old bay seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 16 ounces pasteurized crab meat, picked
  • 4 scallions, chopped plus more for garnish if desired
  • 4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 3 4.5 ounce packages Crunchmaster® Multi-Seed Crackers

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 4 cup baking dish or skillet with cooking spray.
  2. Beat cream cheese in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth, about 15 to 30 seconds. Add Greek yogurt, a little at a time and mix until evenly incorporated. Add in mayonnaise, sriracha, old bay seasoning, lemon zest and lemon juice. Stir to combine. Stir in scallions, crab meat and 2 tablespoons Parmesan. Transfer to the prepared baking dish. Top with the remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese.
  3. Bake until steaming hot and the top is browning, 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle with scallions if using. Serve the dip with Crunchmaster® crackers.

Notes

To Make Ahead: prepare through step 2. Cover with foil and refrigerate up to 24 hours in advance. Bake covered, 15 minutes. Remove foil, and continue with step 3.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons dip and 5 crackers
  • Calories: 91
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 5 g

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