Black Garlic Dip with Sour Cream

Black Garlic Dip with Sour Cream

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A Layered Dip to Share with Family and Friends

Not your ordinary homemade dip; this one looks impressive and is quick and easy to make. A layer of tinned crab meat has your guests Ooohing and Aaahing, and I guarantee they’ll be asking you for the recipe. The ultimate compliment!

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Black Garlic Dip with Sour Cream (how to make)

Black Garlic Dip with Sour Cream (how to make)

Enhancing Your Dish: A Fusion of Crab, Black Garlic, Sour Cream, and Health Benefits

Combining crab meat’s delicate flavours and black garlic’s deep caramelized profile will add a layer of complexity to your dish. Crab has a natural sweetness that’s enhanced with black garlic’s balsamic-like richness, adding a delicious velvety texture. 

Sour cream adds a tanginess to the overall flavour. Blending sour cream with cream cheese is a healthier option that doesn’t compromise taste or texture. This combination reduces the overall calorie and fat content, making it a more nutritious choice while offering the same smooth texture and flavour-enhancing qualities. Enjoying this blend allows you to indulge in a satisfying and lighter alternative. 

Adding black garlic to this blend boosts your immune system and promotes gut health. It contains prebiotics that support beneficial gut bacteria and reduces inflammation, lowering the risk of digestive problems.

Black Garlic Dip with Sour Cream biscuit

Black Garlic Dip with Sour Cream served a biscuit

Creative Ways to Serve Black Garlic Dip with Sour Cream

When you get the basics correct there are so many ways to serve this black garlic dip with sour cream dish

  • Hors d’oeuvres: combine crab & black garlic with sour cream dip, and spread on a thick slice of cucumber. Garnish with a sprig of parsley or dill.
  • Mini Blinis: warm blinis, then top with combined cream cheese, sour cream & black garlic layer. Finish with crab meat and garnish with fresh herbs.
  • Nachos: combine ingredients and serve over warmed corn chips.
  • Tartlets: place a dollop of black garlic dip with sour cream mixture in a slightly warmed tart shell, top with crab and garnish with herbs of your choice.
  • Vol-au-vents:- combine ingredients and spoon into slightly warmed vol-au-vents.
  • Mini pita bread: arrange pita bread wedges around a small serving bowl of combined ingredients. Serve with cut vegetable crudités for dipping.
  • Breakfast or lunch wrap: combine all ingredients and serve enclosed in a wrap.
  • Verrine: is a French name for serving layered ingredients in a small glass. Black garlic with sour cream dip looks amazing served this way, especially with the addition of a avocado layer. Very Impressive!
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Black Garlic Dip with Sour Cream

Black Garlic Dip with Sour Cream

Layers of black garlic and sour cream dip with sweet crab meat and fresh parsley
Prep Time20 minutes
Course: Appetizer, dip, Happy Hour, Snack
Cuisine: fish, Vegetarian
Keyword: black garlic dip, black garlic dip with sour cream, black garlic recipe, crab dip


  • mixing bowl & fork
  • strainer or sieve
  • serving dish


  • 250 gm block philadelphia cream cheese
  • 125 gm sour cream
  • 2 teaspn black garlic puree
  • 2 tbsp peri peri mayonnaise
  • 1/2 small red onion finely diced
  • lime or lemon juice
  • 2 tins x 170 g crab meat
  • 1 bunch parsley


  • drain crab meat thoroughly
  • blend cream cheese, sour cream, black garlic puree, peri per mayonnaise then add finely diced red onion and a squeeze of lime (or lemon) juice
  • spread cream cheese mixture into deep sided platter
  • top with well drained crab meat
  • chop the tops of parsley flowerettes with scissors and sprinkle over crab
  • serve with crackers of your choice


Black Garlic Dip with Sour Cream

Top Tips:
  • Peri peri mayonnaise adds a little heat and tang to your dish. Add it a little at a time and taste as you go. Remember to wait for the heat to kick in before adding more. Alternatively you can add a pinch of cayenne pepper or paprika will give you the flavour without the heat.
  • Fresh crab meat will taste better than tinned, but its not always available.
  • I prefer to chop the parsley tops with scissors thus leaving the flowery tops in tact.  However it is a little more time consuming that chopping with a knife. Worth the effort in my view.
  • If you’re not keen on red onion, try swapping for spring onions or chives.
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Black Garlic Dip with Sour Cream

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What do you use for dips?

You need a solid base to support all those delicious flavours. There is a myriad of different crackers on the supermarket shelves, but try to purchase something that doesn’t have competing flavours with your dip. Alternatively, try using toasts or bagel crisps. Vegetable crudités (vegetable slices) are a healthy option; firm crunchy vegetables, particularly carrot and celery sticks, thick cucumber slices or snow peas will work best. Try cauliflower or broccoli florets.

Black Garlic Dip with Sour Cream biscuit

Black Garlic Dip with Sour Cream on a platter

Is sour cream simular to cream cheese

Both sour cream and cream cheese are dairy products, but they are made through slightly different processes, contributing to their distinct flavours, textures, and uses.

Sour cream is made by fermenting regular cream. Cream with a higher fat content is generally preferred, as it contributes to the richness of the final product. The fat content of sour cream is typically around 20-25%.

Cream cheese is made by curdling milk, which causes the proteins in the milk to thicken and form curds; these are then processed into a smooth, soft cheese. This results in a milder tanginess compared to sour cream. Cream cheese has a higher fat content than sour cream, usually around 30-40%.

Why is my crab dip runny?

Tinned crab meat needs to be drained thoroughly. Allow to drain in a strainer, and press the meat with a fork to extract all liquid. Alternatively, the sour cream to cream cheese balance may need to be adjusted. I suggest 1/3 sour cream to 2/3 cream cheese.

How long does crab dip last?

Cover and seal with plastic wrap and store refrigerated for 3 to 5 days. Crab meat should have sweet smell and not fishy or pungent.

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Black Garlic Dip with Sour Cream

This is an oldie but a goodie; over the years I’ve added more and more peri peri mayonnaise, and these days with the addition of black garlic. I used to serve it as an entrée in the 70’s & 80’s dinner party days in the form of a Verrine, arranging the layers in a small glass. Update to the 2020s, and I would serve it in a glass jar with a string tied around the rim. I particularly like the healthy option of serving with vegetables for dipping.

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