Seafood Dips

Branch out beyond yogurt, hummus and salsa to dips that are truly decadent. Seafood dips are guaranteed to be one of the first dishes to be devoured at your next get-together. These luxurious—but easy-to-make—appetizers often combine a creamy base (like mayo) with big chunks of seafood and, if you’re lucky, a supercrispy, buttery topping. One of our favorites from Boston chef Matt Jennings uses jumbo lump crab meat, minced vegetables, mayo and brown-butter bread crumbs. It’ll be your new go-to recipe. No matter what kind of seafood you have on hand, turn to Food & Wine’s guide to find the best way to use it.

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Smoked Trout-Caraway Rillettes

Lebneh is yogurt that’s been strained to remove all the whey, resulting in a thick, creamy fresh cheese. Here, it provides the base for a light and tangy smoked trout spread. Slideshow:  More Healthy Fish Recipes 

Smoked Trout Dip with Sweet Onion Vinaigrette

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This outstanding version of the Midwestern classic smoked fish dip gets extra flavor from the sweet onion vinaigrette that’s drizzled on top. Slideshow:  Party Dips 

Crab Imperial with Red Pepper

Crab imperial is a classic Maryland dish made with blue crab bound in a mayonnaise-based sauce. In place of the mayo, Michael Mina makes a hollandaise sauce, which makes the spread even silkier. Slideshow:  More Spring Hors d'Oeuvres Recipes 

Warm Piquillo and Crab Dip

Chef Way For this classic tapa, Jose Garces stuffs his delicious crab salad into individual piquillo peppers and roasts them until hot.Easy Way Instead of laboriously stuffing piquillo peppers, spread the crab mixture in a baking dish, top it with slices of the peppers, then cook until warm and melty. More Party Dip Recipes

Deviled Crab Dip

Make this creamy crab dip from chef Joe Kindred in a large baking dish for a crowd, or divide into 6-ounce ramekins for individual servings. Slideshow: More Party Dip Recipes 

Seafood Dip Recipes

Whether you're snacking for one or feeding a crowd, Food & Wine has incredible seafood dip recipes for every appetite. Check out our short list of recipes which include creamy spinach-and-shrimp dip, warm piquillo and crab dip, smoked trout dip with a sweet onion vinaigrette and more.

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7 Crab Dip Recipes for Holiday Parties

Deliciously creamy crab dip is a perfect holiday party hors d'oeuvre. Here, seven excellent crab dip recipes that are sure to impress guests.

Lump Crab Salsa

Most crab dips are full of mayonnaise, but Michael Symon's lighter version is more like a salsa since it's prepared without mayo and laced with flecks of shallot, cilantro, jalapeño and red bell pepper. "Although I love mayo," he says, "I'm not a fan of it with crab, since it tends to muddle the flavor. If I'm spending big bucks on crab, I want it to be the star."More Crab Recipes