Layered Crab Dip

Layered Crab DipI never tire of this easy recipe that is the perfect party appetizer. Crabmeat infused with fresh juices, cucumber, onion, tomato and herbs make for a refreshing and flavorful dish.  Prepare the ingredients the day before and assemble just before your guests arrive. I always get requests for this recipe from friends and family!

Layered Crab Dip

Author Jurga


  • 1 pound fresh crabmeat or 2 8-ounce cans lump crabmeat, drained
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 avocado, peeled, seeded and diced
  • Tortilla chips


  1. In a glass bowl combine crabmeat, green onions, cucumber, red onion, tomato, parsley and cilantro.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the 3 juices.
  3. Stir the juices into the crab mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight.
  5. When ready to serve, combine cream cheese and mayonnaise, blending well.

  6. Spread a thin layer of the cream cheese and mayonnaise mixture over the bottom of a serving platter.
  7. Drain crab mixture, pressing out as much moisture as possible.
  8. Spread crab mixture over cream cheese and mayonnaise.
  9. Top with diced avocado.
  10. Serve with tortilla chips.

Recipe Notes

Gr8 Tips:
  • Crabmeat can be expensive so I often substitute cooked jumbo shrimp cut into small pieces.
  • Add a little bite to the recipe by adding 1/4 teaspoon Tajin Clasico seasoning to the crab mixture (found at your local supermarket in the produce section).
Gr8 Do-Ahead Tip:

Since this has to marinate several hours in the refrigerator, the crab mixture can be made the day before or the morning of serving it, up through Step 4. Begin with Step 5 just before serving.

Last published on September 16, 2015.

Tajin Clasico Seasoning – this is also Gr8 sprinkled on jicama for a crunchy, healthy appetizer or fresh fruit for a spicy snack.



  1. Claudia Kerns | 19th Sep 15

    Looks fantastic!! Wish I wasn’t allergic to crab!!! I will pass it on!!

    • Jurga | 19th Sep 15

      Lon, bummer that you are allergic to crab. You can substitute cooked large shrimp which is less expensive.

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