Cold Crab Dip Recipe with Old Bay Seasoning

This super easy Cold Crab Dip Recipe with Old Bay Seasoning is a delicious and healthy recipe that will totally satisfy your love of crab meat!

With mostly fresh ingredients and no mayonnaise, you’ll feel good about eating this perfect appetizer.

Being born and raised in Maryland, crabs and anything crab related have been a staple in my diet all my life.

Because, as most people know, Maryland is for Crabs!

There’s absolutely nothing better than having a big platter of Old Bay spiced steamed crabs placed in front of you, alongside a bowl of hot melted butter.

However, crabs aren’t always in season, and even when they are, sometimes I just don’t feel like picking them to get that wonderfully delectable crab meat inside!

So, I decided I needed to make a healthy, easy dip recipe to contribute to my lifelong crab addiction.

Needless to say, this is one of my favorite dip recipes to serve at summer parties, on game days, or even for New Year’s Eve.

Just remember to let all of your guests know that crab meat is included in the recipe in case you have anybody with shellfish allergies.

Cold Crab Dip Recipe with Old Bay Seasoning

Cold Crab Dip Recipe

Healthy Cold Crab Dip Recipe

First of all, this easy appetizer is extremely healthy!

As a matter of fact, it’s very low carb and has lots of protein and good fats!

In addition, if you happen to be following the Weight Watchers plan, this recipe comes out to about 4 Smart Points per serving.

Not bad!

Easy Crab Dip Recipe

Secondly, this healthy cold dip recipe is super easy to make!

It only requires a little bit of chopping, juicing and some pan frying to prepare this wonderful dip!

Check out my 17 second video below showing the easy steps for making this Cold Crab Dip Recipe.


  • Jumbo Lump Crab Meat, preferably fresh crab meat
  • Fresh Tomato
  • Red Onion
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Minced Garlic
  • Old Bay Seasoning
  • Corn
  • Avocado
  • Lime
  • Sea Salt

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1: Roast Ears of Corn

You don’t have to use corn on the cob.

Absolutely, you can save time and either use canned corn or frozen corn.

BUT, roasting and lightly browning your corn is a great way to really bring out the taste of the fresh corn on the cob.

So, if you decide to do this, first, boil your ears of corn for 4 to 5 minutes until they are cooked through.

Then, place the corn on the cob into a preheated, cast iron frying pan with some olive oil and salt.

Pan roast your corn over medium-high to high heat and turn the ears of corn frequently with tongs until all sides are lightly browned.

The roasting process adds that smokiness to the corn, which really enhances the flavors in the Cold Crab Dip Recipe.

Once your corn is roasted and has cooled somewhat, cut the corn off the cob and place it into a large bowl.

Roast corn on the cob

Step 2: Add Tomato, Cilantro, & Red Onion

Then, add your chopped tomato, finely chopped cilantro and red onion to the corn and mix well.

Step 3: Chop Avocado & Add Lime Juice

Because avocado can brown quickly, when you add it to the other ingredients, don’t mix it in yet.

First, juice your lime and drizzle the lime juice on top of the avocado to help prevent it from browning.

Then blend in with the other ingredients.

Step 4: Add Old Bay Seasoning, Salt, & Minced Garlic

After adding your spices, mix well with a large spoon.

Step 5: Add Lump Crab Meat & Combine

Finally, add your lump crab meat and gently fold it in with the other ingredients until it is fully combined.

Then, garnish with some sprigs of cilantro and a couple shakes of Old Bay Seasoning.

How Did It Turn Out?

At first, I was going to be stingy and save this easy appetizer for just my little family to eat.

But it was so darn good, I just had to invite over my neighbors, who happen to be my sister’s family, to partake in this crab meat goodness!

Cold Crab Dip Recipe

Everybody loved it and went back for seconds and thirds.

Additional Ingredients OR Substitutions 

  • Lemon Juice and/or Lemon Zest
  • Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt
  • Diced Bell Peppers
  • Substitute Imitation Crab Meat for real Crab Meat
  • Green Onion or Spring Onion
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Cayenne Pepper for a more spicy crab dip
  • Black Pepper
  • Fresh Chives
  • Dash of Worcestershire Sauce

What To Serve With Cold Crab Dip?

Here are some delicious ‘dippers’ to serve with this easy Cold Crab Dip Recipe:

  • Ritz Crackers
  • Saltine Crackers
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Raw Vegetables – Celery Sticks, Carrots, 
  • Pita Wedges or Pita Chips

In addition, to make it more of a meal, you can put a nice size scoop of this cold crab dip on a sandwich roll and eat it that way.

How To Store Cold Crab Dip

To store any leftover cold crab dip, place it in an airtight container.

If you don’t have a lid, use plastic wrap.

This crab dip keeps well in the refrigerator for a day or two.

As long as you store it properly, it will taste just as good the next day after making it.

Cold Crab Dip Recipe

Old Bay Seasoning

Obviously, another key to making this Cold Crab Dip Recipe is the Old Bay Seasoning.

It’s a Maryland made seasoning (did I mention I’m a proud Marylander?) and it spices the crab meat just the right amount without taking away from the taste of the crab.

For this crab dip, the more Old Bay Seasoning, the better!

Old Bay Seasoning

Can You Buy Lump Crab Meat?

Thank goodness, yes!

I found the lump crab meat for this tasty dip in the seafood section of my local grocery store.

Most grocery stores carry lump crab meat.

In addition, you can find it at any local seafood market.

Want to learn more about lump crab meat?

Check out this article from Southern Living: This Is What You Need To Know About Lump Crab.

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Cold Crab Dip Recipe with Old Bay Seasoning

Housewives of Frederick County
A combo of lump crab meat, red onions, roasted corn, fresh avocado, tomato, cilantro, Old Bay seasoning & fresh squeezed lime juice make for an amazing dip!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Salad, seafood salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 85 kcal


  • ½ cup tomato, diced
  • cup cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 2 ears corn, roasted & cut off the cob
  • 1 large avocado, diced
  • 1 medium lime, juiced
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 8 oz lump crab meat


  • Boil your 2 ears of corn until the corn is cooked through.
  • Add cooked corn on the cob to a preheated (with some olive oil & salt) cast iron frying pan and cook on high. Turn ears of corn periodically until all sides are browned.
  • While your corn is roasting, chop your tomato, cilantro, & red onion and add to a large bowl.
  • Allow corn to cool and then cut the corn off the cob and add to your salad mixture.
  • Juice your lime and set aside.
  • Chop your avocado and add to the top of your salad mixture.
  • Add lime juice directly over top of the avocado, as this will prevent the avocado from browning.
  • Add Old Bay Seasoning, salt, minced garlic and mix with a large spoon.
  • Finally, add the lump crab meat and mix thoroughly until all ingredients are blended.
  • Add a couple sprigs of cilantro and some shakes of Old Bay Seasoning to the top of your salad.
  • Dip with crackers, tortilla chips, or eat as a salad or on a sandwich.


Weight Watchers 4 SmartPoints
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Crab Cakes with Remoulade Sauce

Maryland Crab Pizza

Cream of Crab Soup: Maryland’s Grand Prize Recipe

Maryland Deviled Eggs with Crab and Old Bay Seasoning

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