Get Ready To Savor The Best Cheddar Crab Wine Fondue

Welcome to my Cheddar, Crab and Wine Fondue Recipe! This amazing recipe is one that you’ll definitely want to try if you’re a fan of fondue or cheese-filled dishes. This recipe has everything from the sharpness of cheddar cheese, the sweetness of crab meat, to the richness of white wine.

The idea behind this recipe is quite simple – it’s all about creating a dip that’s perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re having friends over for a fondue party or simply want to indulge yourself in something decadent, this recipe is sure to hit the spot.

The unique combination of flavors in this dish makes it stand out from other fondue recipes you may have tried before. You get the saltiness from the cheddar cheese, and then the subtle sweetness of crab meat paired with dry white wine. It’s a mix that may sound strange at first, but trust me, your taste buds will thank you for taking a chance on this delicious combo!

And if you’re worried about how hard it will be to make this recipe, don’t be! I’ve got you covered with easy-to-follow recipe steps and helpful tips along the way. You’ll soon find that this recipe is not only delicious, but also incredibly simple to make.

So why don’t we dive right into the ingredient list? Trust me; your cravings will only intensify once you start gathering all these flavorsome ingredients.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cheddar, Crab and Wine Fondue
Cheddar, Crab and Wine Fondue

Are you a cheese lover? Do you enjoy seafood? How about a delicious and indulging fondue? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then this Cheddar, Crab, and Wine Fondue recipe is a must-try for you.

First of all, this recipe combines some of the most mouthwatering ingredients in one dish. Creamy cheddar cheese and cream cheese pairs perfectly with succulent crab meat. And to make it even more amazing, add a dash or two of dry white wine for some extra depth of flavor.

But this recipe isn’t just about the ingredients. It’s also about the experience. There’s nothing quite like sharing a fondue pot with friends or family while dipping delicious dippers into a melted pool of cheesy goodness. If you’re looking for an interactive and fun dining experience, then look no further than this fondue recipe.

Plus, this dish is versatile enough to fit any occasion. Whether it’s a cozy night in with loved ones or a fun fondue party with friends, this recipe fits the bill. And with its simple ingredient list and easy-to-follow instructions, you don’t have to be an expert chef to master it.

So treat yourself and your taste buds by giving this Cheddar, Crab, and Wine Fondue recipe a try. Trust me when I say that you won’t be disappointed!

Ingredient List

 A warm, gooey cheddar and crab fondue recipe that’ll satisfy your cheesy cravings
A warm, gooey cheddar and crab fondue recipe that’ll satisfy your cheesy cravings

Ingredient List

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this creamy crab fondue:

  • Cheddar cheese: 4 cups shredded
  • Crab meat: 6 ounces
  • Cream cheese: 8 ounces softened
  • Swiss cheese: 8 ounces shredded
  • All-purpose flour: 2 tablespoons
  • White wine: 1 cup dry
  • Lemon juice: 1 tablespoon
  • Worcestershire sauce: 1 teaspoon
  • Caraway seed: 1 dash

For the dipping items:
– French or sourdough bread, cut into cubes
– apples, sliced and cored
– carrots and celery, cut into sticks

Note: You can choose to add different ingredients such as beer cheese or gruyere cheese.

The Recipe How-To

 A crowd-pleasing appetizer that’s perfect for game day or parties
A crowd-pleasing appetizer that’s perfect for game day or parties

Now, let’s dive into how to make this scrumptious Cheddar, Crab and Wine Fondue recipe!

Ingredient List

First off, gather all the needed ingredients as listed below:

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cooked crab meat
  • 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 packages (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 dash caraway seed (optional)
  • 1 dash freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

The Recipe How-To

  1. In a heavy bottomed saucepan over low heat, stir lemon juice and wine until just combined.
  2. Slowly add cheese, stirring constantly until melted.
  3. Add crab meat, cream cheese and flour; mix well.
  4. Gradually add Worcestershire sauce while continuing to stir.
  5. Add caraway seed and black pepper until the fondue is heated through.
  6. Keep on low heat.

Substitutions and Variations

If cheddar cheese is not your favorite, substitute it with Swiss or Gruyere cheese for a unique twist.

For a creamier texture, increase the amount of cream cheese in the recipe.

Fresh cooked lobster or shrimp can be used instead of crab meat for lovely flavor variations.

Serving and Pairing

This fondue dip pairs well with toasted bread cubes, sliced apples, blanched broccoli or cauliflower florets, cherry tomatoes or sautéed mushrooms.

Serve alongside a chilled glass of Duplin’s Scuppernong White Wine or Treasure Red for a perfect pairing experience.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

This fondue dip can be made ahead up to several hours before serving, cover and keep in the fridge until ready to use. Reheat on low heat before serving, constantly stirring to avoid it from becoming lumpy.

Tips for Perfect Results

Always slowly add the cheese when making the fondue dip. This achieves a smooth texture, preventing lumps from forming.

Stir the lemon juice and wine continuously while on low heat, otherwise, too high of a temperature will cause the fondue dip to separate.

Can I use pre-packaged shredded cheese and still have a great-tasting fondue?

Sure, pre-packaged shredded cheese will work in this recipe. Just keep in mind that it may contain additional stabilizers that influence its melting properties.

Do I have to use wine in this recipe?

No, you can replace the wine with chicken broth or veggie broth. This would still result in a delish fondue with an alternate taste note.

Can the fondue dip be stored long-term?

It is not recommended to store the fondue dip for an extended period because cheese is known for expiring

Substitutions and Variations

 Dipping into this bubbling cheddar and crab fondue is pure bliss
Dipping into this bubbling cheddar and crab fondue is pure bliss

There are plenty of ways to put your own twist on this delicious cheddar crab wine fondue recipe. Here are a few substitution and variation ideas to get you started:

– Swap out the cheddar cheese for gruyere or Swiss cheese to give the fondue a nuttier flavor.

– Use shrimp instead of crab meat for a different seafood twist on the recipe.

– If you don’t have white wine on hand, you can use beer or chicken broth instead. Just be sure to choose a light beer that complements the flavors of the cheese and crab.

– For a spicier kick, try adding some diced jalapeno peppers or a pinch of cayenne pepper to the fondue mixture.

– Serve with a variety of dippers, such as crusty bread, steamed vegetables, or sliced apples for a sweet contrast.

– Try adding caraway seed to add depth and flavor to your dip

– Instead of cream cheese use ‘La vache qui rit’

– Parmesan cheese and butter can be easily used to add some more decadence to your dish

Whatever substitutions or additions you make, be sure to adjust the seasoning levels accordingly and taste-test regularly as in cooking there is nothing set in stone!

Serving and Pairing

 Pair this decadent fondue with your favorite crackers or crusty bread for a delicious snack
Pair this decadent fondue with your favorite crackers or crusty bread for a delicious snack

The cheddar, crab, and wine fondue recipe is not only delicious but also versatile in its serving and pairing options. This creamy and decadent fondue would make a perfect appetizer or even the main event during any dinner party with friends and family. Don’t forget to add some hot crab dippers to the mix to balance out the richness of the cheese.

When it comes to pairing this dish, a crisp dry white wine like Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc would complement it well. The best way to match the wine to the cheese is to find a wine that has enough acidity to cut through the richness of the cheese while still being able to hold up against the bold flavors of crab meat. For those who prefer beer, an IPA or wheat beer may also pair well with this cheesy dip.

If you’re looking for different options besides dippers, try serving this crustacea-rich fondue with sliced baguette, crackers or potato chips. It’s like nacho cheese during gameday but tastier and more sophisticated! You may also sprinkle some caraway seeds on top to add an additional layer of flavor or serve it alongside a salad for balance.

No matter how you choose to serve this amazing cheddar crab, and wine fondue recipe, there are no wrong choices as long as you enjoy every bite. The possibilities are endless so don’t be afraid to get creative with your food pairings!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Impress your guests with a restaurant-quality fondue that's easy to make at home
Impress your guests with a restaurant-quality fondue that’s easy to make at home

One of the best things about this cheddar crab wine fondue recipe is that it can be made ahead of time and stored for later use. You can easily prepare the fondue a day or two before your event and simply reheat it when you’re ready to serve.

To make ahead, simply prepare the recipe as directed and transfer it to an airtight container. Place the container in the refrigerator for up to two days.

When you’re ready to serve, place the container on a medium heat burner and stir occasionally until the fondue is heated through. If it seems a bit thick, add a few splashes of dry white wine to thin it out.

If you have any leftover fondue, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. To reheat, simply microwave it or warm it over low heat on the stove. Be sure to stir it occasionally while reheating.

It’s important to note that while this cheddar crab wine fondue recipe can be stored and reheated successfully, its texture may not be quite as smooth as when it’s first made fresh. Don’t worry though, the taste will still be just as scrumptious!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A rich and decadent dish that's perfect for chilly fall or winter evenings
A rich and decadent dish that’s perfect for chilly fall or winter evenings

To ensure perfect results every time you make this Cheddar, Crab, and Wine Fondue Recipe, I have some tips that will come in handy. First, use a good quality dry white wine, preferably a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. It is essential to choose a wine that you would happily drink on its own. If you wouldn’t drink it, don’t cook with it!

Second, don’t skimp on the cheese. The recipe calls for a combination of cheddar cheese and cream cheese, as well as Swiss cheese. These cheeses can be substituted with different types of shredded cheese like Gruyere or even beer cheese. But make sure they are the best quality you can find.

Next, keep your heat low while preparing the fondue. Avoid heat that is too high; otherwise, your cheese will become stringy and unappetizing. I suggest using medium heat from beginning to end and avoiding rapid temperature changes.

To avoid having your fondue burn or stick to the pot, stir continuously while adding the cheese to the mixture. With frequent stirring, you’ll achieve a smoothing consistency.

Another tip is to add lemon juice gradually until it reaches your desired taste since some people don’t like too much lemon flavor.

Finally, if you want to make this recipe ahead of time, precook the crabmeat before adding it but hold off mixing it until right before serving; otherwise, your fondue will muddle together into one congealed mass.

With these simple tips in mind, you’ll give yourself the best chance of creating a deliciously creamy and indulgently cheesy fondue that’s perfect for any dinner party or social gathering.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this cheddar, crab, and wine fondue recipe is the perfect option for a delicious and elegant meal. It is an excellent mixture of flavors that pleased your palate as well as your soul.

This recipe is versatile enough to be served as an appetizer or main dish, and it’s perfect for any occasion or party. Plus, with the variety of dippers that you can choose from, such as crusty bread or vegetables, you can make it a little healthier.

Overall, there is no doubt that this is a recipe you don’t want to miss out on. The creamy and cheesy texture complemented by the sweetness of crab, and the crispy flavor of caraway seeds make this recipe irresistible.

So gather your friends and family around and try this amazing recipe. It will not disappoint!

Cheddar, Crab and Wine Fondue

Cheddar, Crab and Wine Fondue Recipe

This is from my NC Cookbook. Submitted by the Duplin Winery of Duplin County. It is a scrumptious fondue dip. The recipe calls for Duplin County wine (Scuppernong or Riesling), but your favorite white wine will do. Serve using bread cubes or veggies.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine French-Swiss
Servings 2 cups
Calories 1052.8 kcal


  • 6 ounces crabmeat
  • 20 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 1/8 teaspoon caraway seed


  • Drain crabmeat and flake.
  • Mix cheese and flour together.
  • Heat wine until bubbles rise.
  • Over low heat add cheese mixture to the wine, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring in between each addition, till the cheese is melted.
  • Add caraway seeds and crabmeat.
  • Transfer to fondue pot.
  • Last but not least, ENJOY!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 929gCalories: 1052.8kcalCarbohydrates: 9.4gProtein: 69.7gFat: 75.8gSaturated Fat: 48gCholesterol: 267.1mgSodium: 1983.1mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 1.9g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Cheese, Crab, Easy, High In..., High Protein, Very Low Carbs
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