Creamy Crab Cheesecake

READY IN: 1hr 20mins
Recipe by Nicole Brummett

Don't let the name throw you off, this is a great appetizer spread. This recipe is from a customer who brings one every year for our holiday open house. Delicious.

Top Review by J. Michael Long

Seriously delicious dish! I didn't have time to let it sit overnight before the party I had made it for started, but it was wonderful after just a few hours in the fridge. I had to explain to everyone it wasn't a dessert at first but after that it vanished. Will definitely make again!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup crushed butter flavored cracker (about 25 crackers, Ritz or Club)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 34 cup sour cream, divided
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons grated onions
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 14 teaspoon seafood seasoning
  • 2 drops hot pepper sauce
  • 18 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup crabmeat, drained, flaked and cartilage removed
  • seafood seasoning (optional)
  • assorted cracker
  • bagel chips
  • toasted bread


  1. In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and butter.
  2. Press onto the bottom of a greased 9 inch springform pan.
  3. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes.
  4. Cool on a wire rack.
  5. Reduce heat to 325°.
  6. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and 1/4 cup sour cream until smooth.
  7. Add eggs; beat on low just until combined.
  8. Add onion, lemon juice, seafood seasoning, hot pepper sauce, and pepper; beat just until blended.
  9. Fold in crab.
  10. Pour over crust.
  11. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until center is almost set.
  12. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  13. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen.
  14. Cool 1 hour longer.
  15. Spread remaining sour cream over top.
  16. Refrigerate overnight.
  17. Remove sides of pan.
  18. Let stand at room temp for 30 minutes before serving.
  19. Sprinkle with seafood seasoning if desired.
  20. Serve with assorted crackers, etc.

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