This Shrimp and Crab Dip recipe is an easy to whip up and can be served hot or cold. Loaded with sweet and plump shrimp and crab, this crab dip will soon be a family favorite. Sponsored by Boulder Canyon Potato Chips.
There’s a debate going on right now in my house. Are plain potatoes for snacking alone or for dipping? When you have teens in the house, you are constantly buying food – especially with two teenage boys. I buy a large bag of potato chips so Middle Child can use the chips for dipping in mast-o khiar (Persian yogurt with cucumbers).
Well, my almost 18-year old Professor finds the chips and inhales the bag. Then my Princess comes finding me, looking for the chips for dipping and low and behold, the chips are gone. I tell my eldest, “Honey, plain potato chips are for dipping, but the flavored ones are there to enjoy alone. Stop eating our chips if you aren’t gonna dip!”
And the cycle continues, back and forth bickering amongst the kids. The Professor insists that the plain potato chips are fair game to eat alone, the rest of us argue they are best for dipping. But I have to say, there are certain brands of potato chips that really are amazing alone or dipless.
About Boulder Canyon Potato Chips
My family has been enjoying Boulder Canyon Potato Chips for years. Their thick and crunchy chips are full of flavor and perfect for dipping – or enjoying alone. And they come in a variety flavors to satisfy all the different personalities and preferences in your family.
To celebrate their 25th anniversary, Boulder Canyon has recently redesigned their bags and I’m loving their bright and beautiful colors. Despite the new design, it is still the same delicious chip inside. I personally love the flavors of the Buffalo Ranch. Middle Child and Princess inhaled the Malt Vinegar and Sea Salt variety. And of course, the Professor inhaled one of the many plain varieties happily on his own.
If you didn’t know, the mountains featured on the bags of Boulder Canyon chips are the Flatirons. A few years ago, the family and I visited Boulder, Colorado and stayed in a cabin right next to the beautiful Flatirons. Luckily, it was during the summer months and the weather was beautiful and the views were spectacular. We definitely hope to visit this area again.
No matter what path you take, whether you are enjoying a snack while watching a movie or having a picnic at the park, there’s a Boulder Canyon chip for the occasion. And no matter what flavor you like, Boulder Canyon chips can be enjoyed alone or with your favorite dip.
How to make Shrimp and Crab Dip
My path usually takes my bag of chips to a bowl of dip. You see, I’m a HUGE dip fan. Cheesy, creamy, yogurty, corny, avocado-y, I love all dips, I make all dips, and I eat all dips. And this Shrimp and Crab dip is definitely a favorite of mine.
And best of all, this dip is ready quick, too. The base is cream cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream whipped to a frenzy until smooth and creamy. You can use all lump crab meat or do what I did and mix a combination of chopped shrimp and crab. Some celery adds crunch and fresh dill gives the dip such great flavor.
I prepared this dip to be a cold dip, but you can also serve it up as a warm crab dip. Just transfer your dip into an oven safe dish and bake at 350ºF until bubbly, about 20 minutes.
Now if you are interested in a really delicious hot crab dip, you’ve got to try my crab rangoon dip. So freaking good!!
What is lump crab meat?
Lump crab meat is the crab meat you find in a can. It is basically a combination of broken pieces of jumbo lump and a special grade of crab meat. It is more economical to buy lump crab meat than to pull out the meat from crab legs. And less work, too! You can use lump crab meat for all kinds recipes including dips and crab cakes.
You can also use imitation crab meat for this dip. I know purists knock down the imitation crab, but it is cheaper than lump crab and is a good alternative if you are on a budget.
How long will crab dip last in the refrigerator?
You can easily prepare your crab dip a day before your party. Just keep it refrigerated in an airtight container. You’ll find that the flavor is better with this extra time.
And if you end up with any leftovers, you can store your crab dip in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 3-5 days.
Hope you enjoy this crab dip recipe. It’s got great flavor and lots of seafood goodness stuffed inside. And these Boulder Canyon chips are thick enough to be the perfect chip for dipping!
Shrimp and Crab Dip
This Shrimp and Crab Dip recipe is an easy to whip up and can be served hot or cold. Loaded with sweet and plump shrimp and crab, this crab dip will soon be a family favorite.
- 8 oz lump crab and cooked shrimp, chopped
- 5 oz cream cheese, softened
- ¼ cup sour cream
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 1 cup finely chopped celery
- 2 green onions, finely chopped
- 2 TBS chopped fresh dill
- 2 teaspoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon hot sauce
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
- In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer to blend together cream cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream until smooth.
- Mix in celery, green onions, dill, lemon juice and remaining spices until thoroughly combined.
- Fold in shrimp and crab.
- Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. The longer it sits, the better the flavor.
- If you want to serve this dip warm, place contents in an oven-safe dish and bake at 350ºF until bubbly, about 20 minutes.
Imitation crab can be instead of real crab, if you don't want to spend the extra money for real crab meat.
This dip should last in refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Serving Size:approximately ¼ cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 219Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 642mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 12g
Do you use 8oz of each crab and shrimp or 8oz combined?
It’s 8-oz total of seafood, any ratio of shrimp and crab.
I love this recipe! It has me thinking of a Tyler Florence crab dip recipe where you make a creamy crab dip, roasted tomatoes, and then saltines as your cracker of choice. So why not sub in the chips! Now I need to eat lunch. I’m starved!
Oooh, these chips sound great! I will have to see if they are available here in NC. The dip sounds really good too. I’m not a seafood fan, but now I have your creamy base of cream cheese, mayo, and sour cream, and with that, I can make all the dips! And then invite you over (please bring chips) and we shall watch movies and snack!
Also, thank you for making a serving be 1/4 cup. I don’t know anyone who can just eat 2 tablespoons of any kind of dip, let alone homemade!
Um, I never eat just 2-tablespoons of dip! LOL! I’m crazy about my chips and dip. I’ll be happy to chip and dip with you whenever we do get together, my friend!
I am loving the new bags!! We always buy this brand because they are gluten free…they are perfect for dipping into this crab and shrimp dip!
I totally love the bright colors of the bags and you’re right. These chips are perfect for dipping!
I’ve had crab dip and shrimp dip but never crab AND shrimp dip. Love the idea! This is great, and I do like potato chips — either plain or flavored — and a good dip. Dinner! 🙂
Thanks, John! I am a seafood fanatic, so I gotta have both shrimp and crab!