Crab Butter

READY IN: 10mins
Recipe by Colleen M Schmehl

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.

Top Review by Renee Ford

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.

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.

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