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Thursday, December 29, 2022

Baked Seafood Dip

If you need a dish to celebrate with, look no further. My new Baked Seafood Dip is the perfect party appetizer!

Thank you to Fareway Meat & Grocery for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

Collage of Baked Seafood Dip photos....hand pulling dip from skillet with cheesy layer on baguette.

Nothing beats ringing in the New Year with some great food. And in this case a seafood dip! It’s the time of year where we are wrapping up the holiday season, most of us still on break from work and school – yet there is still one big night to celebrate.

New Year’s Eve!

Whether staying home hunkered down under a warm blanket watching the ball drop on T.V. or gathering with friends for one last night of great food and drinks – this Baked Seafood Dip needs to be on the menu.

Wooden cutting board layered with fresh shrimp and crab meat.

Before hitting up the parties, hitting up Fareway is the best option. Now in eight Midwestern states, they are leading the charge in great quality food. As you know I’ve been a fan for years (since I was tagging along with my Mom as a toddler). It’s the place I go for quality meats (in this case, seafood) and friendly staff with excellent customer service.

Do you know of any other grocery chain that carries ALL of your grocery bags to your vehicle for you?

You can stop thinking – there isn’t one. Just Fareway.

Cast iron skillet on red towel filled with seafood dip ingredients.

Fareway and I wanted to create a dip, fancy enough for all the parties, yet easy enough to throw together in a pinch.

This one hits both sets of criteria!

I decided to make it even simpler by using my 12 inch cast iron skillet as both the “mixing bowl” and the dish you bake it in. No need to mess up more dishes! And double bonus – if you use a cast iron skillet it keeps this dip warm for a LONG time. Simply cover with foil, wrap with a beach towel and carry it into your party!

Baked Seafood Dip in a cast iron skillet placed on a checkered towel next to a white plate of sliced baguette bread.

This hot dip combines all the classics of a seafood appetizer – shrimp, crab, Old Bay seasoning, garlic, multiple cheeses, garlic, green onions and more.

Go ahead and use fresh crabmeat if you can find it (just depends on the store and season), along with shrimp, but if in a pinch imitation crab and frozen, thawed shrimp works just fine too! Trust me when I say that after mixing it all together with these great ingredients not a soul at your party or gathering will know.


Close up of seafood dip in a cast iron skillet with a scoop of the dip moved with a baguette slice.

Golly, isn’t she beautiful?

After mixing the dip in the skillet you then top it with a layer of panko breadcrumbs and a few pads of butter (you’ll thank me). This allows the dip to get crispy and golden on top. That crunchy top layer might just make the dip!

Another great reason to make this dip – it can be make ahead! Even frozen for future parties. Go ahead and make it a day or two ahead and stick it in the fridge until ready to bake off. Those flavors will only come together even more for the tastiest dip for your party.

Hand holding a cheesy section of baked seafood dip with long strands of cheese pulling from the skillet.

That cheese!

Oh, it’s heaven people. Serve is sizzling straight from the oven with sliced baguettes (my favorite option). Be sure to have extra slices of baguettes on hand – people will gravitate towards this dip. Make sure to have some crackers or sliced veggies on hand too, it’s great to give your guests some options.

And lastly – bring the recipe.

I promise people will ask for it. It’s a good idea to bring copies of it along, or shoot them the link via a text while standing right there hovering over the warm skillet.

Collage of Baked Seafood Dip photos....hand pulling dip from skillet with cheesy layer on baguette.

I cannot wait to hear your thoughts on my Baked Seafood Dip! I hope it becomes a family favorite for all of your celebrations, whether the New Year, a birthday, a graduation….or any holiday where there is a gathering.

Enjoy this one and let me know your thoughts via a star rating on the below recipe card. I always love hearing what my fans think!

Thank you to Fareway Meat & Grocery for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own. I hope you enjoyed!

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