Make the dressing. Mix the cream cheese, 4 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, Old Bay, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and ground mustard in a large bowl until well combined.

Fold in the lump crab meat. Carefully fold in the lump crab meat into the cream cheese mixture. You’ll want to avoid breaking the clumps as much as possible.

Spread the dip into a baking dish and bake. Top with the remaining shredded cheddar cheese and a sprinkle of Old Bay seasoning. Place the dish in the preheated oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the dip is hot and bubbling.

WHAT MAKES MARYLAND CRAB MEAT SPECIAL? Maryland crab meat, particularly from the famous Blue Crabs, is known for its exceptionally sweet flavor and tender texture. The Chesapeake Bay, a prime habitat for these crabs, imparts a unique taste to the meat that’s highly sought after in culinary circles. This distinct flavor profile is what sets Maryland crab meat apart from others, making it a prized ingredient in dishes like the Maryland Crab Pretzel.