Good crab dip recipes include hot crab dip and warm Mexican crab dip. Both call for 1 pound of crab meat. Pick the shells out of the crab meat before including it in the dip.
Make warm Mexican crab dip by heating 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add 1/2 cup of chopped onion, 1 clove of garlic and 2 tablespoons of seeded and chopped jalapenos to the pan. Cook these for three minutes, then stir in 1/2 cup of light beer. Reduce the sauce until it loses half of its liquid.
Whisk in 2 cups of heavy whipping cream, 8 ounces of cream cheese and 8 ounces of another processed cheese of choice. After the cheese melts, stir in 1 pound of crab meat, 1/4 cup of lime juice, 1/4 cup of green onion and 1/4 cup of cilantro. Add 1 teaspoon of chili powder and let the dip simmer for 15 minutes. Season the dip with 1 teaspoon of salt, a pinch of pepper and 1/4 teaspoon each of cayenne and ground cumin. Serve the dip with tortilla chips.
For classic hot crab dip, put 1 pound of crab meat in a casserole dish with 1 cup of pepper jack cheese, 3/4 cup of mayonnaise, 1/4 cup of Parmesan and 2 cloves of garlic. Flavor the dip with 3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon of dry mustard. Bake the dip at 325 degrees for 40 minutes.