Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 5 mins

This is a quick and easy spread. Make up to 2 days before needed. I got this recipe from my sister. Where she found it, I don't know. I make this recipe for parties, family gatherings, and picnics.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (8 ounce) container cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 34 cup butter (room temperature) or 34 cup margarine (room temperature)
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 (6 ounce) can crabmeat, drained (can also use canned shrimp or chicken)


  1. Cut cream cheese and butter into chunks.
  2. Microwave until smooth (usually 3 min med high. Extra 1 min high if needed).
  3. Remove from microwave and add remaining ingredients.
  4. Mixture will be liquid.
  5. Refrigerate overnight.
  6. Mix well before serving with crackers.


Most Helpful

WOW! This was so easy and so good! I added some fresh snipped chives for color but otherwise did not change the recipe. I was a little worried that the addition of butter would make it "greasy" but this was not the case. I had a small dinner party for family members that I have just recently met and made this as an appetizer. I garnished it with fresh parsley sprigs and lemon twists. It was a hit. It also seems to lend itself easily to additions of your choice. I think I will add a little shredded fresh horseradish and first try that version out on my husband. I highly recommend this recipe for the upcoming Holidays, when things get hectic with family and parties.

Renee Ford October 08, 2002

This is one good party dip; this recipe is a keeper.

TheDancingCook May 31, 2002

This recipe was a super hit at our wedding reception! Many people wanted the recipe. I made the recipe exactly as the recipe called for except I was able to use fresh dungeness crab. I am certain that canned crab would be fine. It tasted great with both crackers and french bread baguettes. Be careful if you make it, it's addictive!

pkosonen February 17, 2007

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