Garlic Chili Blue Star Crab Dip

This recipe is a perfectly dippable way to enjoy seafood. Gather around with friends and enjoy. This recipe is especially useful because it can be prepared up to a full day ahead of time.


In a large pan over medium heat, add the butter, olive oil, and garlic. Cook for 1 minute, and then add the onion and salt. Sauté until the onions are translucent, about 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, add the crab meat, sour cream, buttermilk, sambal, and Old Bay. Mix to combine. Add the warm onion mixture and stir until fully incorporated.

Transfer half of the mixture to a food processor and puree. Transfer the puree back to the bowl with the unprocessed half of the mixture and fold in the scallions, and lime zest until fully incorporated.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with your favorite type of chips.


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 large white onion, small dice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound Blue Star Foods regular lump crab meat
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons sambal
  • ¼ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 3 scallions, minced
  • Zest of ½ a lime
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste

This recipe uses:

Blue Star Foods Regular Lump Crab Meat

Also known as Lump and Backfin, Finer pieces of lump. Ideal for soups, dips and crab cakes.

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By James Beard Award Winning Chef, Michael Schwartz

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