I’m lactose intolerant. I don’t know a single person who is lactose intolerant that takes their intolerance seriously. However, the older I get, the less I can tolerate dairy. Meals should not be a painful experience. It led me to think up some ways to take the dairy out of some of my favorite things. I have a few upcoming recipes to share with you that will highlight this awesomeness, but let’s start with how to make dairy-free crab dip. With summer right around the corner, this is a great dish to have in your back pocket.

We’ll start with the recipe. At the end, I’ll share some of my favorite vegan dairy alternatives, seasonings, and beautiful ways to plate your dish!

8oz vegan cream cheese
1 cup shredded vegan cheddar cheese
1/4 cup vegan sour cream
1/4 cup vegan mayo
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 TBSP lemon juice
1 TBSP Worcetershire Sauce
1 cup lump crab meat

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, using a spatula, combine cream cheese, sour cream, and mayo with garlic powder, paprika, salt & pepper, lemon juice, and Worcetershire. Once smooth, fold in the cheese and crab meat.

Spread evenly in a baking dish. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Serve with bread, pita chips, or bagel chips.

Dairy-Free Alternatives, Seasonings, and Beautiful Ways to Plate Your Dish

There are now so many dairy-free alternatives to choose from and it’s quite magical! For this recipe, I used Violife Cream Cheese, Violife Cheddar Shreds, Forager Sour Cream, and Veganaise Mayo. I’ve found that anything cashew based is typically the best tasting and has similar consistencies to the real thing. Daiya is also another great brand for vegan cheeses and spreads.

Seasoning wise, obviously I used 4 different ones, but if you want to use just one — OLD BAY. Old Bay is somewhat the holy grail of seasonings, especially for crab. It’s very popular in the Maryland area… and for good reason. It’s delicious. I whip it into butter for corn on the cob during the summer months. What’s in Old Bay seasoning? Old Bay contains celery salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, and paprika. If switching to Old Bay for this recipe, use 1-2 TBSP.

I’m a sucker for good plating. The baking dish I used is a 20oz porcelain baker from Sur La Table. It retails for $15. It was the perfect size for this dish — and any other similar dips you may make. I love clean white serving pieces, especially because they photograph well. Here are some other baking dishes I thought were super cute for plating and serving this crab dip.

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