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What crackers to eat with crab dip?

Crab dip is a delicious appetizer that can be served with a variety of crackers for dipping. Choosing the right cracker is key to maximizing the flavor of the crab dip. The texture and taste of the cracker should complement the crab dip, rather than overpower it. Here are some tips on picking the best crackers to serve with hot crab dip.

Look for sturdy, flavorful crackers

You’ll want a cracker that can stand up to the thick, creamy crab dip without falling apart or getting too soggy. Sturdy crackers with some texture work best. Good options include:

  • Pita chips
  • Sourdough crisps
  • Multigrain crackers
  • Seeded lavash crackers

Avoid crackers that are too flaky or delicate, like plain crackers or crostini. The crab dip will make them disintegrate quickly.

In terms of flavor, pick crackers that complement but don’t overwhelm the crab. Look for crackers with savory, cheesy, or salty flavors. Herb and garlic crackers pair nicely.

Consider crackers that add crunch

For added texture, crackers made with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or everything bagel seasoning can provide a satisfying crunch. Crunchy crackers help balance out the creaminess of the crab dip.

Some good crunchy options include:

  • Sesame crackers
  • Poppy seed crackers
  • Pretzel crisps
  • Crackers dusted with everything bagel seasoning

Select a variety of cracker textures

Serving an assortment of different crackers offers guests variety and visual appeal. Mix up the textures with:

  • Crunchy crackers – pretzels, crisps, seed crackers
  • Sturdy flatbreads – pita, lavash, flatbread crisps
  • Savory biscuits – bagel chips, butter biscuits
  • Something sweet – graham crackers, ginger snaps

Offering an array of crispy, hearty, flaky, and crunchy crackers together keeps each bite interesting.

Bake your own crackers

For a homemade touch, bake some DIY crackers to serve alongside store-bought varieties. Quick crackers to make include:

  • Parmesan crisps: Mix grated Parmesan, flour and pepper, then bake until crispy.
  • Whole wheat crackers: Roll out whole wheat dough and cut into crackers, then bake with desired spices or seeds.
  • Cheesy crackers: Stir shredded cheese into cracker dough or sprinkle on top before baking.

Baked crackers pair deliciously with hot crab dip. Customize them to match your dip flavors.

Best crackers for hot crab dip

Here are some of the best store-bought crackers to consider for hot crab dip:

Cracker Details
Pita chips Hearty, sturdy, great for scooping
Sourdough crisps Crunchy texture, tangy flavor
Multigrain crackers Earthy, nutty flavor
Seeded crackers Crunchy poppy or sesame seeds
Bagel chips Crisp, salty, savory
Pretzel crisps Crunchy and salty

Any of these sturdy crackers can stand up well to creamy hot crab dip. Mix and match different textures and flavors for a crackers that complement the dip.

Flavor pairings

Think about how the cracker flavors complement the seasoning of your crab dip:

  • Old Bay crab dip: Bagel chips, seeded crackers, pretzels
  • Cheesy crab dip: Pita chips, flatbread, Parmesan crisps
  • Chipotle crab dip: Multigrain crackers, sesame crackers
  • Herb-seasoned crab dip: Rosemary crisps, whole wheat crackers

Match stronger flavored crackers with boldly seasoned dips. Lighter crackers are better for dips with delicate flavors.

Cracker pairings to avoid

Steer clear of the following types of crackers when serving crab dip:

  • Plain white crackers – Too delicate and bland tasting.
  • Buttery crackers – Can clash with crab flavors.
  • Sweet crackers – Graham crackers, animal crackers. Too sweet for crab.
  • Small party crackers – Too crunchy, not ideal for scooping.

Avoid any cracker that will overpower, clash with, or not withstand the texture of the crab dip.

Cracker quantities

Allow for generous portions when preparing crackers for a crab dip party. Figure each person will use:

  • 2-3 ounces of crab dip
  • Around 30 individual crackers

Based on the number of guests, make sure you have the appropriate amount of crackers on hand. Run low on quantities versus having too many leftovers.

Serving tips

Use these tips for serving crackers with crab dip:

  • Arrange crackers and dip on separate plates or in bowls for guests to assemble themselves.
  • Or serve the dip in the center of a platter surrounded by the assorted crackers.
  • Provide small plates for guests to hold individual portions.
  • Refresh with fresh batches of crackers as needed.
  • Have a wet towel or napkins nearby to clean fingers.

With the right crackers and setup, crab dip makes for a crowd-pleasing party appetizer!


Finding the perfect crackers to serve with hot crab dip comes down to choosing options that are crunchy, sturdy, and flavorful. Aim for crackers that provide texture and complement the crab without overpowering it. An assortment of crackers works well and allows guests to sample different flavors and textures. Pita chips, sourdough, pretzels, and seeded flatbreads are all sure bets. Bake your own crackers for a homemade touch. Avoid plain, buttery, or delicate crackers that will fall apart. With the right dipping crackers, hot crab dip is a party appetizer that’s sure to please.