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Bake New Years Potluck

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  96
  • Protein  5 g
  • Carbohydrates  1 g
  • Fat  8 g
  • Cholesterol  38 mg
  • Sodium  133 mg
  • Potassium  91 mg
  • Phosphorus  61 mg
  • Calcium  18 mg
  • Fiber  0 g

Hot Crab Dip

Here’s an appetizer that’s sure to be the hit of the party—Hot Crab Dip from DaVita dietitian Janis. Fun, flavorful and a real crowd-pleaser, this kidney-friendly dip will be gone before you know it when you bring it to any event.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Janis from Illinois.

Portions: 10     Serving size: 3 tablespoons


    • 8 ounces cream cheese
    • 1 tablespoon onion
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
    • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 2 tablespoons liquid nondairy creamer
    • 6 ounces canned crab meat


    1. Preheat oven to 375º F. Set cream cheese out to soften. Finely mince onion.
    2. Place softened cream cheese in a bowl.
    3. Add onion, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper and cayenne pepper.  Mix well.  Stir in nondairy creamer.
    4. Add crab meat and stir until blended. 
    5. Place mixture into an oven-safe dish. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

    • 1 meat
    • 1 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

    • Serve warm with low-sodium crackers.
    • Try this recipe with fresh steamed crab meat instead of canned crab.
    • Decrease fat to 4 grams per serving by using reduced-fat cream cheese. Be aware, the sodium content is higher (170 mg per serving).

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Hot Crab Dip

MGD2Lite says:


I think this sounds wonderful...what if you used it as a stuffing for button mushrooms? Say, a serving of 3 mushrooms, with about a tablespoon of dip in each one, Baked in the oven till bubbly, with a little breadcrumbs and a pinch of Parmesan Cheese and minced chives on top? Would that still be kidney friendly?Dietitian comment: These changes will boost the potassium and phosphorus content but if you reduce the portion to 2 crab-stuffed mushrooms it is still kidney-friendly.

Mar. 13, 2014, 1:53 PM - Inappropriate review?

Hot Crab Dip

mamasquirrel says:


This is a great dish for a party or just for a special dinner. It is rich tasting,even when using lower fat cream cheese. I served it with grilled slices of sourdough bread. It was a hit!

Jan. 18, 2009, 7:21 AM - Inappropriate review?

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