Make the Famous Joes Crab Shack Crab Dip at Home

Joes Crab Shack Crab Dip is was a recipe requested by many viewers. Easy to make, you can enjoy this famous crab dip at home.
A bowl of hot crab dip with corn chips on a platter

Do you love crab dip? Guess what, you can make delicious crab dip at home that tastes just as good as it does when you go out! It’s easy to do!

Appetizers are often the best part of the meal, and starting out your meal with some homemade hot crab dip is a great way to start a weekend. You could even serve this with Joes Crab Shack Coconut Shrimp and enjoy a Joe’s Crab Shack Secret Passion Punch.

What makes Crab Dip so good?

This Joes Crab Shack crab dip is packed full of flavor and cheesy goodness. This recipe has green bell peppers, onions, lots of crab meat, cream cheese, and mozzarella. This crab dip browns perfectly, and when you dunk your first chip into it, the cheese melts so wonderfully, no one is going to stop until it’s all gone.

If you want to serve this at a party, you can make it ahead of time, and then heat it up in the oven when you are ready to serve. This way your guests can enjoy how good this homemade crab dip tastes when it is still hot.

Serve with fresh vegetables instead of tortilla chips for a low carb and keto-friendly appetizer.

A bowl of hot crab dip and corn tortilla chips

hot crab dip and tortilla chips on a platter

Joes Crab Shack Crab Dip

Love Joes Crab Shack Crab Dip? Make it at home.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Seafood
Keyword: hot crab dip, Joe's Crab Shack
Servings: 3
Calories: 245kcal


  • 2 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 teaspoons yellow onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter softened
  • 4 teaspoons green bell pepper finely diced
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 6 ounces crab lump meat
  • 1 tablespoon green onion sliced
  • 1 teaspoon parsley chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  • Mix cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, and butter until smooth. Blend in seasoned salt and paprika.
  • Stir in yellow onions, crab meat, green pepper, and mozzarella cheese. Place in a lightly greased small shallow baking dish and place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees until mixture bubbles, about 10 – 14 minutes. 
  • Serve dip with unsalted or very lightly salted corn chips. This appetizer will serve two to three or makes a great light lunch with a crisp salad.

Recipe Tips for the Cook

  • Serve with small toasts, corn chips, or your favorite crackers.
  • Serve with fresh vegetables for a low carb and Keto friendly appetizer.
  • Old bay seasoning tastes great in this dip
  • Don't have any crab meat on hand? You can use small shrimp for this recipe.


Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 865mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 640IU | Vitamin C: 9.7mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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About Stephanie

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Waynewayne

    3 stars
    I am skeptical of any recipe that accepts lump fish as a qualified alternative. I doubt Joe’s allows it.

  2. Mishelle Luedke Lancaster

    At the top of this recipe it says it serves 1, yet in the instructions it says it serves 2 – 3. Seems more like 1 to me…but thought you’d want to correct that.

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