Warm Crab & Artichoke Dip

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Whenever I make dips, I break out into this song.


And I don’t just sing it along in my head when I’m mixing it up, I actually do the song. I dip, guys, I really dip. So, this morning, when this warm crab & artichoke dip was ready to bake, I sure did a little bend, wiggle and squat while I was sliding it into the oven. It’s Monday, if you don’t have a little sense of humor the day will eat your soul right out of your body.

Warm crab dip - Realistic Nutritionist

BUT CRAB! My favorite crustaceon. As much as I love it, I’ve never made a recipe on here for you guys! For one, my husband is allergic to seafood. (Iknowright?!) Two, it’s often pretty expensive. Like $15 for a small 4 ounce tub expensive. If I’m going to pay that much for 4 ounces of something, it better get me buzzed and/or make me a sandwich.

Cheesy crab dip

The food god’s must have been smiling down on me last week though because crab was on major sale at the store so I stocked up. Before I even got home I knew I was going to make a warm, bubbly, gooey hot dip with it. It’s not exactly “summer” food, or super seasonal, or perfect for any upcoming holidays, it’s just what I wanted. But really, who needs an occasion to eat a few tablespoons of this extra cheesy warm crab & artichoke dip? Because I don’t.

Crab dip

To shave off some fat and calories, I used nonfat Chobani Greek yogurt in place of mayo, subbed in low-fat cream cheese for parmesan and added a few heart healthy pine nuts for some added crunch. Instead of regular chips or bread, I paired the dip with Lentil Crackers, which are gluten-free and pretty amazing.


To flavor it I added just a dash of lemon juice and some salt and pepper. If there’s one thing I learned from my cooking experience with Michelle Bernstein last week it’s this: keep it simple, but elegant. Make it taste like it took you 6x the amount of time it did. I won’t even tell you how long this dip took. I’ll just let you sit there thinking I spent hours getting it to bubble and brown like it did. I’m just SO talented, right? (I kid, I kid).

Warm Crab & Artichoke Dip

Hot crab & artichoke dip


Serves about 4.
Prep time: >5 minutes
Cook time: About 15 minutes


  • 1/4 cup nonfat Chobani Greek yogurt
  • 4 ounces shredded crabmeat (fresh, not imitation)
  • 4 ounces chopped artichoke hearts
  • 1 ounce low-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • About 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. In a bowl, mix the yogurt, crabmeat, artichokes, cream cheese, lemon juice, salt and pepper and oregano. Stir to combine.
  3. Scoop dip into a mini cocotte or ramekin. Sprinkle the top with pine nuts and olive oil. Bake for about 13 – 15 minutes, or until bubbly and lightly browned.

Nutritional information per serving (about 1 1/2 tablespoons):

Calories: 76
Fat: 3 grams
Carbohydrates: 4 grams
Fiber: 2.5 grams
Protein: 8 grams
Weight Watchers: 2

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  1. Posted by carrian on
    Monday, May 13th, 2013
    Oh my goodness, so do i!!! Hahaahahahaha
  2. Monday, May 13th, 2013
    Lol, I thought I was the only one still singing that song! YES. And double YES to this dip.
  3. Posted by Ali | Gimme Some Oven on
    Monday, May 13th, 2013
    Oh my goodness. That song is going to be in my head for days now!!! I'm having flashbacks of roller skating in middle school... :)

    This sounds absolutely divine! Wish I had a bite RIGHT now!
  4. Monday, May 13th, 2013
    I always do the dip when making dip. If you don't dip when you dip, you aren't living!!!
  5. Monday, May 13th, 2013
    You are flipping hysterical! I loved that song. And maj yes to this dip!
  6. Monday, May 13th, 2013
    Him not eating crab means more for you, it's like a gift. And I'll eat what ever is left.
  7. Monday, May 13th, 2013
    I really really hope I don't get that stuck in my head. Having kids songs stuck in my head is bad enough. ;)
  8. Monday, May 13th, 2013
    Hahah! Oh god girl, I love your sense of humor! This crab dip is CALLING to me.
  9. Posted by Julie @ Table for Two on
    Monday, May 13th, 2013
    best song ever. i seriously love that song and we put it on our music list for our wedding, haha - every thing in this dip looks AMAZING.
  10. Posted by Laura (Tutti Dolci) on
    Monday, May 13th, 2013
    That eCard is too funny! Your dip looks so good, just wish I wasn't allergic to crab so I could enjoy it!
  11. Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
    Haha, that song always cracks me up! Oh, and also, I'm in love with this dip. Like, for real, I want to take a nap in it!
  12. Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
    this looks so good and bravoooo for substituting yogurt.
  13. Posted by Bree {Skinny Mommy} on
    Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
    Ha ha! I can see why! This looks awesome...
  14. Posted by Amy on
    Friday, August 16th, 2013
    Wow! This looks amazing! Thank you so much for sharing!
  15. Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
    Who cares if it ain't seasonal? Let's AAAAAAALLLL DIP! This looks amazing!
  16. Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
    I will never, never, never turn down a warm crab dip. Did I say never?
  17. Posted by Ginny McMeans on
    Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
    You idea of adding pine nuts to this warm recipe really makes it special.
  18. Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
    Now I can't get that song out of my head either!! And I want to eat that dip NOW! :)
  19. Posted by Lora @cakeduchessa on
    Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
    Oh, no...that's too bad your hubs is allergic to seafood. I would need a bowl of this all for myself!
  20. Posted by Susan on
    Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
    Mayo free crab dip in an adorable le creuset? I'm in and I'll even sing the song with you!
  21. Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
    That song it totally stuck in my head now! haha Love this dip though! Totally making it soon! you have no idea, I'm gonna inhale this!
  22. Thursday, August 7th, 2014
    I love everything about this! the song, the lentil crackers, the pinenuts... oh and of course the dip! let's all dip hehhe