Crab Artichoke Dip Recipe

Favorite Restaurant Appetizer Recipe

This Crab Artichoke Dip Appetizer is an all-time best selling appetizer at the restaurant, despite the fact that it is expensive. The combination of ingredients is what drives the price but it is so good restaurant guests buy it frequently. They have asked for this crab recipe many times.

One of the reasons this appetizer sells so well is that I use Dungeness crab.  I believe it is one of the absolute best crabs available. You should  use the best crab available to you.

Dungeness crab is a species of crab that lives in the water bottoms from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska to Santa Cruz, California. Most of the crab available to me comes from areas off the coast of Washington State and Alaska.

The Dungeness crab takes its name from a tiny town in Washington (Dungeness), which is located 5 miles from Sequim and 15 miles east of Port Angeles on the Straits of Juan de Fuca.

Dungeness crab is high in protein and minerals and very low in fat. The crab meat has a delicate and slightly sweeter flavor than most other crab meat.

The recipe below is for 20 people, but there is also a crab artichoke recipe for 8-10 people, a more affordable recipe.

Hot Crab Artichoke Dip Recipe

Favorite Restaurant Appetizer Recipe

Preparation time: 15 minutes. Serves 20 people.


  • 1 1/2 pounds of Dungeness crab, well drained
  • 1 pound cream cheese
  • 4 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 cups artichoke hearts, quartered
  • 1 cup white onions, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup green onions, minced
  • 1/4 cup red pepper, minced
  • 1/4 cup celery, minced
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • 3 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups grated Mozzarella cheese



  • In a mixer, whip the cream cheese until soft but not airy
  • While the cream cheese is mixing, prepare the crab, artichoke hearts, onions, garlic, red pepper, celery, parsley and cheeses
  • When the cream cheese is softened, fold in the remaining ingredients, adding the cheeses last
  • Refrigerate until ready to use
  • Bake in a baking dish in a pre-heated 375 degree F oven for about 20 minutes or until lightly browned on top and bubbly around the edges

Serve with French bread (toasted or not) or halved English muffins and/or artisan crackers

Hot Crab Artichoke Recipe

Preparation time: 15 minutes. Serves 8-10


  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups of mayonnaise
  • 3/4 pound of Dungeness crab, well drained
  • 1 cup quartered artichoke hearts
  • 1/2 cup white onions, diced
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons green onions, minced
  • 2 tablespoons red pepper, minced
  • 2 tablespoons celery, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons parsley, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Mozzarella cheese

Instructions: Same as above

TA-DA! You now have a favorite restaurant recipe for Hot Artichoke Dip!

If your house was a restaurant, your family and guests would ask for this appetizer dip!

Enjoy your Hot Crab Artichoke Dip appetizer and the company of those you share it with!


Did you know? Seafood Watch has given the Dungeness crab a sustainable seafood rating of 'Best Choice'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           (Dungeness crabs in 'hopper.')