Easy Gluten Free Crab Dip

Easy Gluten Free Crab Dip

Have you ever made a recipe that’s so sublimely simple, you think you’ll never need to write it down? And then you go to make it again but it doesn’t turn out quite the same, so you kick yourself (hopefully just figuratively) for not saving it the first time? I hate when I do that. Which is why I’m writing this recipe for super easy gluten free crab dip and sharing it with you.

gluten free crab dip with on crackers

My gluten free crab dip is one of those keeper recipes that takes only minutes to make and everyone loves. You can serve it cold or hot, which literally means you can whip it up and head out the door to a party without breaking a sweat or re-applying lipstick.

gluten free crab dip on table

It’s also delicious made dairy-free, which is the way I always make it, when you use the brands I suggest (this is not a sponsored post, I just want you to know the gluten-free brands I use and trust). Special note here: do NOT use fake crab, as it almost always contains gluten … and since I live in Maryland (crab is our official state crustacean), it’s just wrong.

gluten free crab dip with tomatoes

So make it sometime when you need to bring a dish to share, and then decide if you want to share! I tend to hang out next to the bowl with elbows wide, but you might be more generous.

gluten free crab dip in bowl

And for those who are wondering if they’re on the right gluten free recipe blog, yes, I do actually cook AND bake gluten free (I don’t live off sweets and breads alone, but sometimes I’d like to!). I have tons of recipes on my site for dinners, lunches, appetizers and sides. Take a look! Recipes for everything from Apple Butter-Sriracha Marinade and Seafood Étouffée to Chilled Mexican Lentil Salad, Pierogi, Potstickers, Veggie Burritos with Guacamole Dressing.

Just search my blog for “dinner” or “main dish” or “appetizer” or … whatever you’re looking for! With over 400 gluten-free recipes for the taking, you’re sure to find a recipe you’ll love!

One last note: I’ve recently created a homemade gluten free crackers recipe that is PERFECT with this dip! Strong enough to hold up to a thick dip like this one, and easily tailorable to the herbs you like best. I urge you to try it soon! 

gluten free crackers on glass plate CU

Easy Gluten Free Crab Dip

Easy Gluten Free Crab Dip

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This easy gluten free crab dip is delicious hot or cold, as a meal or an appetizer, and it's even dairy-free!


  • 8 ounces cream cheese (I used vegan cream cheese - Kite Hill®)
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise (I used egg-free mayonnaise - Just Mayo®)
  • 1 tsp. Dijon Mustard (I used Annie's Naturals®)
  • 1 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs. gluten-free Tamari (I used San-J®)
  • 1 Tbs. dried minced onion
  • 1 Tbs. gluten-free nutritional yeast (optional - I used Bragg's®)
  • 1/2 Tbs. hot sauce (I used Tabasco®)
  • 1/2 tsp. Old Bay® seasoning
  • 1 Tbs. fresh parsley, chopped, plus extra for garnish
  • 8 ounces jumbo lump crabmeat, picked and drained -- the higher quality the crabmeat, the better
  • cherry tomatoes for garnish (optional)
  • paprika for garnish


Soften cream cheese in a microwave-safe bowl or leave out on the counter for 1-2 hours to soften.

Using a rubber spatula or electric mixer, stir in the mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, tamari, hot sauce, onion and spices. Once no lumps from cream cheese remain and the mixture is smooth, fold in parsley and crab.

Transfer to serving bowl, sprinkle with paprika and garnish with fresh parsley and cherry tomatoes, if desired. Cover and refrigerate until serving

If serving warm, preheat oven to 350° F.

If baking, transfer dip to an oven-safe serving dish, cover with foil and bake in preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, or until heated all the way through.

To serve, sprinkle with paprika and garnish with fresh parsley.

Gluten-free crackers recommended and pictured: San-J® Tamari Black Sesame Crackers or Crunchmaster® Multi-Grain Crackers.*

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do! Pin it for later!

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free Easy Crab Dip by gfJules can be whipped up in minutes

*some links included may be affiliate links. If you choose to purchase these products, some money may come back to support this blog, allowing me to continue to bring great new gluten free recipes to you, but will not add to your purchase price. Please see my disclosure policy for more information. 

gluten free crab dip - dairy-free and egg-free and super easy! | gfJules

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

4 thoughts on “Easy Gluten Free Crab Dip

    • Hi Gloria, it’s healthy (lots of B vitamins!) but really it’s added for flavor. If you don’t have it or don’t like it, no need to add it.

    • Hi Teresa, it’s nutritional yeast, so there are lots of B vitamins inside, but in terms of this recipe, it’s there for flavoring. If you don’t have it or like it, simply leave it out. Enjoy!