Make-Ahead Hot Corn and Crab Dip

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Published: 01/24/2022 | Updated: 01/05/2024

Freezer meals are how I feed our family at dinner every night. My neighbor and I get together once every three months and make enough meals to last until the next marathon meal-making session. As much as I love entertaining and being able to serve appetizers, it hadn’t occurred to me to make appetizer freezer meals until recently. I’m not sure why I never put those two things together before! Now that I have, I’m having so much fun experimenting with recipes and filling my freezer with appetizers that are ready whenever I need them. This hot corn and crab dip can be made ahead and frozen. It can then be pulled out and baked when you need to serve it.

Make-Ahead Hot Corn and Crab Dip

I like to split this recipe into 2 medium resealable bags instead of one large one because it gives me more options. This allows me to only take out one if we are only having just a few people over or take out both bags if we are having a larger crowd.

Hot Corn and Crab Dip Recipe:

12 oz. can kernel corn, drained
2 cans (120 g each) of crab meat
4 oz. can green chilies
8 oz. cream cheese, softened at room temperature
1/2 a red pepper, chopped
1/4 cup purple onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
salt to taste

In a medium bowl, stir together the drained can of corn, crab meat, green chilies, cream cheese, red pepper, purple onion, minced garlic, grated cheese, mayo, and salt. Divide the mixture into 2 medium resealable freezer bags. Remove excess air and seal.

Make Ahead Hot Corn and Crab Dip

 

On the day of serving, take one or both bags out of the freezer and thaw. Transfer the corn and crab dip into an oven-safe container or glass pie plate.

Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until the corn and crab dip is bubbling. Serve warm with crackers or tortilla chips. I prefer tortilla chips with this particular dip myself.

Make-Ahead Hot Corn and Crab Dip

 

This corn and crab dip has a nice blend of flavors and colors. It has a homey-comfort feel to it.

Looking for more appetizers/snacks recipes

If you’re looking for a delicious way to kick off your party or get everyone in the mood for a night of fun, appetizers are the perfect solution! Here are some recipes for appetizers that will have your guests talking:

Hot Corn and Crab Dip Recipe

Author: The Endless Appetite

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. can kernel corn, drained
  • 2 cans (120 g each) of crab meat
  • 4 oz. can green chilies
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 1/2 a red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup purple onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, stir together the drained can of corn, crab meat, green chilies, cream cheese, red pepper, purple onion, minced garlic, grated cheese, mayo, and salt.
  • Divide the mixture into 2 medium resealable freezer bags. Remove excess air and seal.
  • On the day of serving, take one or both bags out of the freezer and thaw.
  • Transfer the corn and crab dip into an oven-safe container or glass pie plate.
  • Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until the corn and crab dip is bubbling.
  • Serve warm with crackers or tortilla chips. I prefer tortilla chips with this particular dip myself.

Why do we love this crab dip recipe!

The best part about this recipe is that it is super easy to prepare. All you need to do is mix together crab meat, cream cheese, mayonnaise, and sour cream. Then, bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F. Serve with crackers or breadsticks.

What crab meat to use?

Crabmeat should be used for seafood dishes such as crab cakes, crab soup, and crab salad. If you want to eat crab meat, then you need to choose between lump crab meat, jumbo lump crab meat, or claw crab meat. The best way to cook crab meat is steaming, baking, poaching, grilling, frying, or sautéing.

Should you use fresh or frozen corn for this hot dip?

If you use fresh corn for this hot-dip, then you should add 1/2 cup of water to the mixture. However, if you use frozen corn, then you should only need 1/4 cup of water. The best way to thaw frozen corn is to put it into a colander and run cold tap water over it until it is completely thawed.

How do you make hot crab dip?

The best way to make a hot crab dip recipe is to use fresh lump crab meat, which has a sweet flavor. To make the dip, mix together mayonnaise, sour cream, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Then add the crab meat and stir well. Serve immediately.

In conclusion, Corn and Crab Dip recipes are easy to make and delicious. Use some of these recipes this holiday season for an appetizer your family will love! Be sure to use plenty of fresh chopped parsley, garlic, hot sauce, and thyme for flavor.

This hot crab and corn dip recipes mentioned in this article are simple enough to be made for dinner or as an appetizer. You can try using one of these mouthwatering recipes during the holidays, or any time of year for that matter.

 

Check out this other appetizer recipe

Simple Seafood Appetizers

https://theendlessappetite.com/simple-seafood-appetizers/

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