Rich and filling, this Hot Cheesy Artichoke Crab Dip recipe is the special touch your party menu needs to be complete! Perfect for holiday entertaining!

Top down image of Hot Cheesy Artichoke Crab Dip in a white pie plate with crostini for dipping.

Parties fall into many categories: casual get-togethers, formal affairs, cocktail parties and impromptu happy hours. Some involve a lot of planning and some involve none.

And sometimes you only need one heavy hitter to stand out in an appetizer spread. This Hot Cheesy Artichoke Crab Dip will easily be the star of any party.

What kind of crab do I use for this dip recipe?

Save the fresh stuff for a special dinner. I used canned lump crab meat and it tastes amazing!

What makes this different from other artichoke dip recipes?

Filled with rich crab, cheese and artichokes, this isn’t just your typical artichoke dip. The secret in this recipe? Fresh spinach and sun-dried tomatoes. Yup, you read that right. Fresh spinach. No thawing out the frozen stuff and hoping that you squeeze enough liquid out so the dip isn’t runny. (Wait, does that only happen to me?)

3/4 image of Hot Cheesy Artichoke Crab Dip in white pie plate, garnished with sun-dried tomatoes, shopped green onion and fresh jalapeno on a white background.

Can I make this Hot Cheesy Artichoke Crab Dip ahead of time?

Absolutely! With this Hot Cheesy Artichoke Crab Dip recipe, you don’t need to worry about last minute prep. Simply sauté the spinach, mix the ingredients together and place in the refrigerator until you need it. Pull it out about 30 minutes before baking to take the chill off, then bake in the oven until warmed through.Top down image of Hot Cheesy Artichoke Crab Dip with crostini for dipping on a white background.

The best part?  The bright green color from the fresh spinach shines through and is a perfect balance with the rich crab. Slather on a crostini, grab a cocktail and enjoy!

Top down image of white pie plate filled with Hot Cheesy Artichoke Crab Dip garnished with sun-dried tomatoes, green onions and shopped jalapenos.

Yield: 12 servings

Hot Cheesy Artichoke Crab Dip

Hot Cheesy Artichoke Crab Dip

This Hot Cheesy Artichoke Crab Dip recipe can be made ahead of time and will be the star of your next party spread!


  • 1 tablespoon Kerrygold butter
  • 1 cup packed fresh spinach
  • 1 -8 ounce package light cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 jalapeno, cored and minced
  • 1 -12 ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 – 4 ounce can lump crab meat
  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes, julienned (dry, not packed in oil)
  • 1 cup Kerrygold Savory Cheddar Shreds
  • Crostini for serving


  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small pan, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add spinach and cook until just wilted. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together cream cheese, sour cream, garlic, lemon juice and hot sauce until combined.
  4. Add shredded cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, green onions, artichoke hearts, chopped jalapeno, and crab meat.
  5. Stir to combine.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until heated through.
  7. Serve immediately with crostini.
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