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Creamy Keto Crab Dip Recipe

Louise | December 26
Creamy Keto Crab Dip Recipe #keto

There’s an upcoming party you’re hosting, and you need options for apps. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better crowd pleaser than this creamy keto crab dip recipe.

What’s in Crab Dip?

Creamy, delicious, and not fishy. You know you love it, but you might not be familiar with what’s normally in it.

Well, obviously, the headliner in crab dip is the crab. Onion is another typical feature.

But those don’t explain the ooze, the magical stringy gooey deliciousness. That comes from dairy.

There is a whole lot of dairy in your average crab dip. Sour cream, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and Parmesan cheese.

Lemon juice, salt, pepper, and garlic may be ingredients as well.

How I Made This Keto

There actually aren’t a whole lot of non-keto elements in the dip itself. My main issue with crab dip as it’s typically prepared is the dairy.

I prefer to make my recipes without dairy to accommodate a large number of people who have issues digesting it.

You may be curious, then, why this recipe calls for mayonnaise. Mayo is dairy free – it’s a common misconception that it contains dairy.

Another challenge with crab dip is what is used to scoop out the dip. Typically, that’s a very non-keto item.

Crusty bread and tortilla chips are common offenders. Both are grain-based carb factories you shouldn’t eat on keto.

Fortunately, there are some keto substitutes that work just as well.

I suggest keto tortilla chips, keto bread, or keto crackers.

Buying Crab

I recommend keeping it simple and opting for canned crab for this quick appetizer. You can spend time making more complex dishes for your guests.

You can also buy crab meat in the refrigerated section. While it costs more, it is typically meatier and closer to fresh crab.

If you live near the coast, fresh crab is a great option too.

Free Keto Meal Plan

Life is hectic. Sometimes it crosses over into downright chaotic. Who has time to plan dinner, let alone breakfast and lunch?

Meal planning gets even more complicated on keto. If you’re not prepared, you leave yourself vulnerable to cheating.

Set yourself up for success by using this free ketogenic diet meal plan. It’s got great options like bacon mini frittatas, chicken mushroom and kale casserole, and keto chili.

Give this meal plan a try – I think you’ll enjoy being able to concentrate on more important things!

Creamy Keto Crab Dip Recipe #keto

Creamy Keto Crab Dip Recipe #keto

Creamy Keto Crab Dip Recipe

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dip, Appetizer
  • Cuisine: American


You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better crowd pleaser than this creamy keto crab dip recipe.


  • 2 (6 oz or 170 g) cans of crab meat, drained
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) mustard
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) mayo
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 green onions, chopped


  1. Mix all the ingredients together well.  Serve cold or warmed.


All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.

Net Carbs: 1 g


  • Calories: 237
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Fat: 14 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 28 g

Louise co-founded Louise's Foods, Paleo Living Magazine, Nourishing Brands, & CoBionic. She has considerable research experience but enjoys creating products and articles that help move people just a little bit closer toward a healthy life they love.