Decadent Hot Crab Spinach Artichoke Dip is a must for parties this season! If you love spinach artichoke dip, you will love this version with crab!
With the holidays fast approaching, I thought it was time to revisit one of my favorite holiday foods: dips. Truth be told, the dips and spreads at parties are always where you will find me. I’ll be munching on french onion dip, or cranberry rosemary spread and oh, man, hot dips. I love them too. Specifically this Hot Crab Spinach Artichoke Dip.
If you love spinach artichoke dip (and spinach artichoke stuffing!), and you love hot crab dip, you are going to love this mash up. Hot Crab, Spinach Artichoke Dip is going to be a must make for your holiday parties.
One of my favorite things about food is the memories that often surround certain dishes. There are probably a few favorite dishes of yours that when mentioned make you think back on certain moments in your life. Maybe a big family get together, your first date, holiday parties or your visit to the stadium for your first major league baseball game. I have a few favorite dishes that bring back memories too. Take this Hot Crab, Spinach and Artichoke dip. It is one of my favorites because it is chock full of artichokes, baby spinach, crab and two different kinds of cheese. But it is also a favorite because it comes loaded with memories of my very first job.
My first job was at a restaurant. And unlike most first jobs, or restaurant jobs for that matter, I was there When I took the job, I didn’t expect that I would grow up there and come out of my shy girl shell. I didn’t expect to laugh so much at work and I didn’t expect that I would work with the same core group of people for the entire six years. And I didn’t expect that those people would become some of my best friends. When I moved away several years back, I didn’t expect to miss it as much as I did.
The restaurant has been closed for several years now, but every time I’m missing it, I make something that brings back memories, like this dip. Hot Crab and Spinach dip was always a part of my spiel. I recommend it because it was one of my favorite things on the menu. This recipe is inspired by that dip.
I like to use fresh spinach in this dip, rather than frozen or canned spinach. I also prefer to use fresh crab when it’s available. If you don’t have access to it, I’ve also made this dip with canned crab and it worked perfectly. To help with party planning you could even make the dip ahead of time and then bake it when you are ready. The original didn’t have artichokes but I added some because spinach and artichoke dip is always a favorite.
At the restaurant, we served this dip with fresh hot tortilla chips. I thought they were a great accompaniment but crackers or crusty bread are also a good option! Honestly, you could probably just hand me a spoon and I’d eat it that way too. No lies.
Originally posted December 2009. Updated in 2018.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small skillet melt butter over medium heat. Once butter melts add spinach and cook just until spinach wilts, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
To the spinach add artichoke hearts, cream cheese, mayonnaise, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and crab meat. Stir to combine.
Butter a small casserole dish, spoon mixture into the dish. Bake for 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven, stir and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Turn on the broiler and cook for 3-5 minutes or until top is browned and edges are bubbly.
Allow to cool slightly and serve with tortilla chips.