Outer Banks Style Crab Dip

There’s something magical about the Outer Banks that captures the essence of summer. Maybe it’s the endless stretches of sandy beaches, the rolling waves, or the warm, welcoming community. But for me, the true essence of this coastal paradise is best captured through its cuisine. Today, I’m thrilled to share a recipe that encapsulates the vibrant spirit of the Outer Banks – a fiery Crab Dip that’s as unforgettable as a sunset on the beach.

After a day of basking in the sun and feeling the ocean breeze, there’s nothing more satisfying than gathering around a table with friends and family to share stories and enjoy good food. This crab dip recipe is inspired by the local flavors and ingredients that make Outer Banks cuisine uniquely delicious. It’s a perfect blend of creamy, spicy, and tangy, making it an ideal appetizer or snack to complement your favorite Outer Banks beverage.


  • 1 lb. Crab Meat
  • 4 oz. Sour Cream
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese
  • 1.5 tablespoons Mayo
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 – 2 oz. horseradish (depends on taste)
  • 2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • Kosher or Sea Salt, to taste
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  • Hot Sauce, to taste
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Lightly grease a glass baking dish with butter or cooking spray.
  2. In a large glass bowl, combine sour cream, cream cheese, mayo, lemon juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt, pepper, and Old Bay Seasoning. Use a rubber spatula to blend these ingredients thoroughly until smooth.
  3. Carefully fold in the crabmeat, ensuring it’s well-incorporated into the creamy mixture without breaking the lumps.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish, spreading it evenly. Top with shredded cheddar cheese, covering the dip completely.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown.
  6. Serve warm with toast points, sliced French baguette, or your choice of dippers.

This fiery Crab Dip is more than just a recipe; it’s a way to bring a piece of the Outer Banks into your home. Whether you’re reminiscing about your last visit or dreaming of your next vacation, making this dip is sure to transport you to those sun-soaked shores. So gather your ingredients, and let’s bring the taste of the Outer Banks to your table. Enjoy!