Alex Guarnaschelli Spicy Crab Dip

Alex Guarnaschelli Spicy Crab Dip

Alex Guarnaschelli’s Spicy Crab Dip offers a luxurious blend of flavors, textures, and a kick of heat that makes it a standout appetizer for any occasion. Known for her ability to transform simple ingredients into dishes with deep, complex flavors, Guarnaschelli’s spicy crab dip is no exception. Let us guide you through creating a crab dip inspired by her culinary style, emphasizing freshness, spice, and the succulent taste of crab meat. Let’s dive into making a spicy crab dip that’s sure to impress.


  • 1 lb lump crab meat, carefully picked over for shells
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons hot sauce (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, for topping
  • Sliced baguette, crackers, or vegetable sticks, for serving


  1. Preheat the Oven: Begin by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C). This ensures the dip will be heated through evenly and the top gets nicely browned.
  2. Mix the Base: In a large mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, mayonnaise, and sour cream until smooth. Stir in the lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, Old Bay seasoning, and garlic powder.
  3. Fold in the Flavor: Gently fold the crab meat into the mixture, being careful not to break up the lumps too much for a nice texture in every bite. Mix in the green onions and red bell pepper. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Prepare for Baking: Transfer the mixture into a baking dish, spreading it out evenly. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese over the top for a crispy finish.
  5. Bake: Place the dish in the oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until the dip is bubbling around the edges and the Parmesan is golden brown.
  6. Serve: Garnish with additional chopped green onions. Serve the spicy crab dip warm with slices of baguette, crackers, or a selection of vegetable sticks for dipping.

Chef’s Tips

  • Quality Crab Meat: Use the best quality lump crab meat you can find. Fresh crab meat is ideal, but high-quality canned crab can also work well in a pinch.
  • Adjusting the Heat: The hot sauce and Old Bay seasoning contribute to the dip’s spiciness. Start with the lower amount and adjust upwards according to your heat preference.
  • Serving Suggestions: For an elegant touch, serve the dip in a hollowed-out bread bowl, accompanied by crispy crostini or fresh vegetables for dipping.

Alex Guarnaschelli’s Spicy Crab Dip, inspired by her culinary approach, combines creamy textures with the delicate flavor of crab and a lively burst of spice. It’s a sophisticated yet easy-to-make appetizer that’s perfect for entertaining or enjoying as a luxurious treat.

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