Warm Jalapeno Crab Dip

Warm Jalapeno Crab Dip

Yesterday morning, I spotted a spider lurking around my dish rack.  I was so grossed out by it I had to hose it down with water then turned on the garbage disposal to make sure it’s dead.  One time, a waterbug crawled up my garbage disposal and it scared the bejesus out of me.  I had to make sure that didn’t happen again.  With that creepy crawler crawling through my clean dishes, I had to load everything in the dishwasher, dish rack included, to sanitize everything.  I detest spiders don’t you?

Weird to be sharing that on a food blog but enough about spiders and let’s talk about food (if you’re still with me)! I’ve got a good one today.  If you love crabs and if you love dips, this is a good one to make when company comes over.  And it takes no time to make –don’t you just love that? I love the jalapeno pepper in here.  It gives it heat but is not overpowering.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Warm Jalapeno Crab Dip

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  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of milk (add a bit more if the sauce runs a bit thick)
  • 1 (8 ounce) container of fresh lump crab meat (run your fingers through the meat and discard any shells or cartilage)
  • 1 cup of shredded monterey jack cheese (feel free to add more or less to suit your palate)
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 4 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped

Warm Jalapeno Crab Dip


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Position the baking rack in the center.

In medium saucepan add olive oil and butter.  Let the butter melt and add garlic.  Stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Then stir in flour and slowly whisk in milk.  Cook until mixture thickened, about 2-3 minutes.  Turn the heat off and stir in crab, 3/4 cup of cheese and lemon juice.  Reserve 1 teaspoon of scallion and jalapeno and stir in the remaining scallion and jalapeno into the crab mixture.  Transfer to a 1 quart baking dish (I used a 7″ x 7″ baking dish) and top with the remaining 1/4 cup cheese.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until heated through.  Turn off the oven and then the broiler on.  Broil for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.  Sprinkle the remaining teaspoon of scallion and jalapeno on top.  Serve warm with melba toast or crusty bread.

Adapted from Recipe.com

Warm Jalapeno Crab Dip


74 thoughts on “Warm Jalapeno Crab Dip

  1. I am very cool with spiders. They don’t bother me in the least with the exception of a Brown Recluse because I still don’t know what they look like but I do know that they are very dangerous. I DO however DETEST water bugs and roaches.

    But all that aside, this dip is a creeper–I mean, a keeper! 🙂

  2. Summer’s great but it does bring out the creepy crawlies. I also do not deal well with them. I hope there are no more spiders because your kitchen is a sacred place…this dip looks really divine!

  3. Eeks I don’t like spiders too so I can totally see the reason for turning on the garbage disposal to make sure it was gone:)
    This crab dip looks marvelous Anne! Love all the scallions and the sound of the jalapeno peppers to give this some kick too:) The warm cheese would also surely win over any company. Have a great weekend Anne:)

  4. Spiders creep me out, but they especially creep my husband out. If one shows up, I have to be the brave one and I scream like a little girl the entire time while he hides behind me also screaming like a little girl.

    Beautiful dip, this looks delicious!

    • Oh Pamela, that’s such a hilarious story. Thank you for the laugh! 😀 My husband and I both are afraid of spiders. But when he has to remove it, he’ll do it even though he’s reluctant. Thank you for the lovely comment and have a fabulous weekend! 🙂

    • Yes, I hate spiders. When I’m called for duty I really need to build up the courage and try not to think about it. I get better with age, I think when I’m 90 I’ll be able to take care of them without flinching.

  5. I’m with you about the spiders. You should see me gardening, can of Raid at my side. 🙂
    This sounds like a great dip, Anne, and so easy to make. i can only imagine how good it must taste served slightly warm.Yum!

  6. I love crab! And who doesn’t like a dip? So combining the two makes tons of sense! This looks terrific, with a nice hit of spiciness to it – and I like spicy, too! Did you make this with me in mind? 😉 Good stuff – thanks.

  7. Oh my…I love the action shot putting it on the bread! I’ve been seeing a lot of spiders more than I’d like to…a tiny one was hanging above my kitchen sink on a web. Didn’t know it until it was going to get tangled up in my eye lashes! Ewww!
    Pinning this recipe!

  8. We have spiders lurking in our kitchen too! I usually yell for my Dad to come get it haha. Your dip looks and sounds insanely good! I want to dip my little heart out.

  9. I love the jalapeno to add a little kick. I know someone who absolutely loves crab dip so I’m going to give your recipe a try next time I see her! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Ooh Anne, this does look good. I can’t track down fresh crab meat but they do sell fresh crayfish meat in my local supermarket. I might give it a go with that.

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