It’s funny now when I look back on the past and remember when I thought I didn’t like seafood. I realize now that I only felt that way because I had never tried any that was properly prepared. (Hellooo, frozen fish sticks?) Also, I’m from Indiana. We aren’t exactly known for our abundance of fresh seafood in these parts. After lots of summer vacations in South Carolina and ordering seafood in plenty of fancy restaurants with great ingredients and great chefs, I positively love it. I order it probably 90% of the time when we’re dining out – like the two pound lobster I ate during our anniversary date last week (sorry, lobster!)
Now that I know where to get good quality seafood I enjoy preparing it at home. I still don’t do it quite as often as I might like because it’s fairly pretty expensive to get the good stuff around here, but I do my best. This crab dip has been on my mind for quite some time, just waiting to be made. As soon as I was in the vicinity of a store that had good crab meat, I was all over it. This is a quick snack or appetizer to whip up. I made it in under 15 minutes while we were running out the door to visit family. I brought it along and it was devoured in no time. It’s decidedly not health food so I was glad to have people to share it with.
Creamy Stovetop Crab Dip
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 cup onion, minced
12 oz. lump crab meat
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
½ tsp. worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ cup light mayonnaise
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté until tender, about 7 minutes. Add the crab meat to the pan, including the juices in the can. Stir in the cream cheese, worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, mayonnaise, and Parmesan. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until all the ingredients are warmed through and the cheeses are bubbly. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm with crusty bread, crackers or pita chips as desired.
Source: slightly adapted from White on Rice Couple