Cajun Crab Spread

May 23, 2018

This super simple-to-make Cajun Crab Spread is packed with unique, bold Cajun and Crab flavors. Serve it over butter crackers, Triscuits, Wheat Thins, or toast points at your next pool party, family reunion, or church potluck, and watch the crab lovers’ faces light up with delight over the Cajun treat.

Cajun Crab Spread combines decadent crab meat, cream cheese, mayonnaise, Colby-Jack cheese, celery, red bell peppers, spring onions, Crystal hot sauce, Slap Ya Mama Cajun spices, and a pinch of thyme for that perfect Cajun-inspired appetizer to serve to family and friends.

 

This super simple to make Cajun Crab Spread is packed with amazing bold Cajun and Crab flavors. Serve it over butter crackers, Triscuits, Wheat Thins, or toast points at your next pool party, family reunion, or church potluck and watch the crab lovers faces light up with delight over the Cajun treat.You’d be hard-pressed to find an excellent Southern Pool Party without a deliciously flavorful dip or spread on the table, especially during barbecue season when a lot of people gather around the pool deck. Cajun Crab Spreads are a fabulous low-maintenance option for get-togethers. Toss some ingredients in a food processor and combine. That’s it. About an hour later, you’re good to go with the perfect appetizer to get your party started.

To always have an excellent Cajun or Cajun-inspired experience, you must first understand the importance of using the proper spices. Let’s talk about Cajun spices used in Les Canadiens or Les Acadiens Cuisine; cayenne pepper, paprika, onion powder, black and white pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, etc. ground cloves, dried basil, and thyme are commonly used in Cajun recipes.

 

 

This super simple to make Cajun Crab Spread is packed with amazing bold Cajun and Crab flavors. Serve it over butter crackers, Triscuits, Wheat Thins, or toast points at your next pool party, family reunion, or church potluck and watch the crab lovers faces light up with delight over the Cajun treat.A common misconception by folks not familiar with Cajun or Creole cooking; is substituting Old Bay seasoning for a Cajun Spice blend. They are apples compared to oranges; Old Bay seasoning has a mix; mustard, paprika, celery salt, bay leaf, black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, mace, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, cardamom, and ginger. While Old Bay is a fantastic spice blend for a New England Clam Bake, the results will not be the same for a Cajun recipe.

You can quickly round up a few good Cajun spice blends in your local grocery store or online that contain most of the ingredients listed; such as Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning or even Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning as a substitute to cut the cost of the spices if you do not cook Cajun Cuisine regularly.

 

 

This super simple to make Cajun Crab Spread is packed with amazing bold Cajun and Crab flavors. Serve it over butter crackers, Triscuits, Wheat Thins, or toast points at your next pool party, family reunion, or church potluck and watch the crab lovers faces light up with delight over the Cajun treat.

 

 
 

Cajun Crab Spread

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  • Twelve ounces of cream cheese softened
  • Four ounces of Colby-Jack cheese shredded
  • Twelve ounces of crab meat
  • 1/3 of a cup of mayonnaise
  • One tablespoon of Crystal hot sauce or to taste
  • One teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
  •  Juice of 1 lemon
  • One tablespoon Cajun seasoning or to taste
  • 1/2 of a teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1/2 of a cup of minced celery
  • 1/4 of a cup of minced red bell peppers
  • Three spring onions chopped.

 

 

Instructions

  1. Dice 12-ounces of cream cheese, place in a food processor and soften for about 15 minutes before adding other ingredients.
  2. Place 4-ounces of Colby-Jack cheese, 12-ounces of crab meat or imitation crab meat in a food processor, 1/3 of a cup of mayonnaise, one tablespoon of Crystal hot sauce, one teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, juice of 1 lemon, one tablespoon of Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning, and 1/2 of a teaspoon of dried thyme. Run food processor on low till all mentioned ingredients are joined.
  3. Using a plastic spatula, scrape mixture from the food processor into a large glass dish, add 1/2 of a cup of minced celery, 1/4 of a cup of minced red bell peppers, and three chopped spring onions. Fold all ingredients until evenly combined.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Best if refrigerated for at least 1 hour.
  5. Serve with various crackers.

 

 

Frequently asked questions about Cajun Crab Spread.

  1. How do I soften the cream cheese? I usually place my creme cheese out on a counter about 45 minutes before making my recipe. Do not use a microwave to soften it.
  2. The recipe calls for Colby-Jack cheese. Can I use another cheese? Try a mild cheddar cheese in place of the Colby-Jack.
  3. The recipe calls for Crystal hot sauce. Can I use the hot sauce I have on hand instead? That’s fine, but I do not recommend anything but Cajun Hot sauces.
  4. Can I use Miricle Whip instead of Mayo? I do not suggest using Miricle Whip the integrity will be ruined.
  5. I do not have Cajun seasoning, but I do have creole seasoning. Can I use it? It tastes better with the Cajun seasoning, but yes, in a pinch.
  6. How long will this last in the refrigerator? It will safely last up to 4 days. After that, I would discard the rest.

 

 

 

 

If you like the recipe for Cajun Crab Spread, here are a few others you might like

  • Cajun Meatloaf– This recipe for Cajun Meatloaf; isn’t mom’s plain old meatloaf folks; this meatloaf is pure Cajun Mom’s comfort food kicked up several notches with Cajun Seasoning, cayenne pepper, Crystal hot sauce, a Holy Cajun Trinity, finely chopped carrots, all mixed in with lean ground beef and quality ground pork, glazed to perfection with spicy ketchup then baked in a 350-degree oven till perfectly done.
  • Baked Spicy Breaded Cajun Chicken Wings are finger-licking good without all the saucy mess you’d expect; Spicy Breaded Cajun Chicken Wings are soaked in rich buttermilk hot sauce overnight, deliciously seasoned with spicy Cajun seasoning, and made with a crispy, crunchy Cajun-style Batter for the perfect outcome.
  • Cajun Black Eyed-  Peas are going to be a favorite on your dinner table, combining black-eyed peas, collard greens, andouille or smoked sausage, onions, peppers, red bell peppers, celery, carrots, jalapeño peppers, tomatoes with chilies, hot sauce, and Cajun seasoning for a Cajun-flavored tradition of the South.

 

 

Cajun Crab Spread

Cajun Crab Spread

hmccallum
Cajun Crab Spread combines decadent crab meat, cream cheese, mayonnaise, Colby-Jack cheese, celery, red bell peppers, spring onions, Crystal hot sauce, Slap Ya Mama Cajun spices, and a pinch of thyme together for that perfect Cajun-inspired appetizer
4.97 from 27 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Chill 1 hr
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Cajun
Servings 10 People
Calories 272 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 12 ounces Cream cheese softened
  • 4 ounces Colby-Jack cheese shredded
  • 12 ounces Lump crab meat or imitation crab meat
  • ½ cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Crystal hot sauce or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 lemon juice of
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun Seasoning or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon Dry prepared mustard
  • ½ teaspoon Dried thyme
  • ½ cup celery minced
  • ¼ cup red bell peppers minced
  • 3 Spring onions chopped

Instructions
 

  • Dice 12-ounces of cream cheese, place in food processor and allow to soften for about 15 minutes before adding other ingredients.
  • Place 4-ounces of Colby-Jack cheese, 12-ounces of crab meat or imitation crab meat in a food processor, ⅓ of a cup of mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon of Crystal hot sauce, 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, juice of 1 lemon, 1 tablespoon of Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning, and 1/2 of a teaspoon of dried thyme. Run food processor on low till all mentioned ingredients are joined.
  • Using a plastic spatula scrape mixture from the food processor into a large glass dish, add ½of a cup of minced celery, ¼ of a cup of minced red bell peppers, and 3 chopped spring onions. Fold all ingredients in till evenly combined.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve, best if refrigerated at least 1 hour.
  • Serve with various crackers.

Nutrition

Serving: 01Calories: 272kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 11gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 579mgPotassium: 182mgSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1105IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 133mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Cajun Crab Spread, Crab, Crab Spread
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This super simple to make Cajun Crab Spread is packed with amazing bold Cajun and Crab flavors. Serve it over butter crackers, Triscuits, Wheat Thins, or toast points at your next pool party, family reunion, or church potluck and watch the crab lovers faces light up with delight over the Cajun treat.

 

 

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38 Comments

  • Reply
    Tania
    January 17, 2022 at 10:28 am

    Love all the delicious flavours going on here! Made it for the boyfriend at the weekend and it was an instant hit!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      January 17, 2022 at 10:33 am

      That’s awesome Tania! Thank you for sharing!!!

  • Reply
    Natalie
    January 17, 2022 at 9:41 am

    I just saw this recipe on the interest. Had to come and grab the recipe. I threw a party and this was a great appetizer. Thanks for the idea!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      January 17, 2022 at 10:26 am

      Thank you, Natalie. So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Reply
    Kristen
    January 17, 2022 at 8:41 am

    This dip turned out great! I made it for some friends on the weekend and everyone asked for the recipe!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      January 17, 2022 at 10:27 am

      Thank you, Kristen! I appreciate your feedback.

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