Copycat Joe’s Crab Shack Crab Dip

Copycat Joe’s Crab Shack Crab Dip Recipe

Copycat Joe’s Crab Shack Crab Dip Recipe. If you’re a fan of the popular seafood chain, then you’ll love this creamy and flavorful dip that’s easy to make in the comfort of your own home.

This recipe is a perfect copycat of Joe’s Crab Shack’s famous crab dip, and it’s sure to impress your family and friend.

To create this delicious dip, we start with a blend of cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, and butter that we mix until it’s smooth and creamy. We then add a touch of salt and paprika to give it a little kick.

But the real star of the show is the crabmeat – we add plenty of it to give the dip a rich and savory flavor. We also add diced onion and green pepper to add a little crunch, and shredded cheese to give it a gooey texture.

The best part? This dip is incredibly easy to make, and it bakes up in just 10-15 minutes.

Whether you’re hosting a party, having a game night, or just looking for a delicious snack, this dip is sure to be a hit with everyone.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your ingredients and get ready to make the best crab dip you’ve ever had.

If you have any questions along the way, be sure to check out our FAQs below for some helpful tips and tricks!

Closeup of Copycat Joe's Crab Shack Crab Dip in a white baking dish.

Tips and Tricks

Choosing the Right Crabmeat

When selecting crabmeat for this recipe, opt for high-quality canned crabmeat or fresh crabmeat if available. Fresh crabmeat will enhance the flavor and texture of the dish.

Mixing Ingredients

Ensure the cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, and butter are at room temperature before mixing. This helps achieve a smoother, more consistent blend.

Finely Minced Vegetables

For the best texture, finely mince the onions and green bell pepper. This ensures they integrate well into the mixture without creating large chunks.

Baking Time

Keep a close eye on the baking time. The mixture should be bubbly and slightly golden on top but not overly browned. Overbaking can cause the dip to dry out.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the crab dip with an assortment of crackers, toasted bread, or vegetable sticks. It pairs especially well with pita chips or sliced baguette.

Make-Ahead Tip

You can prepare the mixture ahead of time and refrigerate it until you are ready to bake. This makes it a convenient option for parties and gatherings. Just add a few extra minutes to the baking time if you are baking it straight from the fridge.

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Copycat Joe's Crab Shack Crab Dip in a white casserole dish surrounded by crackers and celery.

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Copycat Joe’s Crab Shack Crab Dip

Nesting Lane Indulge
This creamy and flavorful crab dip is a perfect copycat of Joe's Crab Shack's recipe. Easy to make and always a hit at parties!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter softened
  • ¼ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • teaspoon paprika
  • 4 teaspoons onions minced
  • 4 teaspoons green bell pepper minced
  • ¼ cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 can (6oz) crabmeat


  • Preheat your oven to 350 F
  • In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, and butter. Mix until the ingredients are smooth.
  • Add salt and paprika to the mixture and blend well.
  • Add onion, green pepper, cheese, and crabmeat to the mixture, stirring until they are evenly distributed.
  • Pour the mixture into a baking dish and spread it out evenly
  • Bake the mixture in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes or until it becomes bubbly.
  • Once it is done baking, remove the dish from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.


Servings Per Recipe: 6
Yield: 2 Cups


Calories: 107.1kcalCarbohydrates: 1.1gProtein: 7gFat: 8.3gSaturated Fat: 4.8gCholesterol: 36.1mgSodium: 321.3mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.8g
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What should I serve with this crab dip?

This crab dip pairs well with crackers, pita chips, or toasted baguette slices. You can also serve it with fresh vegetables like sliced cucumbers, bell peppers, or carrots for a healthier option.

Can I make this dip ahead of time?

Yes, you can make this dip ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake it. Just be sure to bring it to room temperature before baking to ensure that it cooks evenly.

What’s the best way to reheat this dip?

The best way to reheat this dip is in the oven at 350F for 10-15 minutes or until it’s heated through and bubbly. You can also reheat it in the microwave on a low setting, but be careful not to overcook it or it may become tough.

Can I use a different type of cheese in this recipe?

Yes, you can use a different type of cheese in this recipe if you prefer. Cheddar or Monterey Jack would both work well, but feel free to experiment with other types of cheese to find your favorite flavor combination.

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