Are you craving seafood? How about trying cream of crab soup for dinner tonight? In under 45 minutes, you can be savoring a hot bowlful of this delicious tempting soup.
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The most of the ingredients for this cream of crab soup recipe can easily be found at your local grocery store. The only one that may be tricky to find is the seafood stock, which you can make yourself or substitute.
- Vegetables: yellow onion and celery
- Flour: All-purpose flour is used to make a roux, which thickens the soup.
- Stock: Use seafood stock (Kitchen Basics, Swanson, or homemade), or clam juice mixed with vegetable stock.
- Seasonings: Mace, white pepper, salt, and Tabasco.
- Dairy: Heavy cream and whole milk.
- Seafood: Fresh, refrigerated, or real canned lump crab meat.
- Liquor: A small amount of cooking sherry is added during the last 8 minutes of cooking.
- Garnish: Paprika, chives, oyster crackers, or freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Dairy based soups don't freeze well. When they are thawed and reheated, the texture becomes grainy and the soup becomes watery.
Instead of freezing, this cream of crab soup can keep in the fridge for up to 3 days. Just reheat any leftover soup in a pot on medium low, stirring frequently to prevent the bottom from burning.
Crab bisque is made with shellfish broth, thickened with rice or ground up crab shells, contains wine and cream, is generously seasoned, and is blended smooth.
Cream of crab soup is roux based, is combined with seafood stock, and is thinned with cream or milk.
For a one cup serving of this creamy soup, there is 387 calories and 11.3g of carbs. This soup is also high in calcium and vitamin A. For more nutritional information, scroll to the end of the recipe card.
To round out your meal, pick a light salad and a bread or a sandwich to make things more exciting.
- Salad: Tangy and bright cucumber salad with fresh dill
- Bread: Bread sticks, rolls, soft pretzels, cheddar bay biscuits or a slice of crusty bread
- Sandwich: Bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato sandwich with mayo, vinegar and sriracha
How to Make
Gather all the ingredients. Chop up the celery, onions, and chives.
Heat up the butter in a Dutch oven over medium high heat, then saute the onions and celery for 5 minutes while stirring.
Sprinkle on the flour over top of the onion mixture and cook for a couple of minutes while constantly whisking.
Next, reduce the heat to medium and slowly whisk in the seafood stock for a more earthy flavor. If you can't find it or don't have the time to make your own, use clam juice mixed with vegetable broth.
Pour in the milk and cream, making sure not to let it boil.
Add the crab meat.
Add the sherry.
Season with spices. Stir with a wooden spoon until well combined, then heat through on medium low for 5 to 8 minutes and serve hot.
Garnish with a sprinkle of paprika, chives, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, or oyster crackers.
- Need this gluten free? Use your favorite gluten free flour.
- Need this keto? Use almond flour instead of all-purpose.
- Need this spicier? Double the hot sauce to 1 teaspoon.
- Don't have heavy whipping cream? Use 2 cups of half and half instead.
- Don't want to use sherry? Serve with lemon wedges instead.
- Don't be tempted to substitute heavy cream for only whole milk; the soup won't be as creamy.
- Don't use imitation crab meat; it's actually Pollock, a finely minced fish shaped to resemble crab.
- If you can't find seafood stock at your grocery store, use 1 cup of clam juice and 1 cup of vegetable broth, or make your own seafood stock with crab or shrimp shells.
- Have all ingredients prepped before you start cooking.
Craving some seafood? You'll want to try these other delicious recipes, too.
- Clam Chowder
- Seafood Stock
- Chicken, Sausage, and Shrimp Gumbo
- Crab Sandwiches
- How to Peel and Devein Shrimp
- Southern Shrimp and Grits
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Best Cream of Crab Soup
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup sweet or yellow onion, diced
- 1 ½ cups celery, finely diced (roughly 3 large stalks)
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups seafood stock
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 pound white crabmeat
- ¼ cup sherry
- ½ teaspoon mace
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon white pepper
- ½ teaspoon hot sauce
- ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish, optional
- ½ cup chives cut in ½ inch lengths, for garnish
- dash of paprika, for garnish
- In a large heavy-bottomed pot, melt the butter over high medium heat, then reduce heat to medium. Saute the onion and celery until soft while stirring with a wooden spoon, about 5 minutes.
- Whisk in the flour, and cook for 2 minutes.
- Slowly pour in the seafood stock, whisking continuously so the crab soup remains smooth. Add the heavy cream while whisking, then repeat with the whole milk.
- Stir in the white crab meat, sherry, and spices.
- Turn the heat down to medium low to allow it to simmer for 5 to 8 minutes, then taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
- Serve hot, and garnish each bowl with paprika, chives, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, or oyster crackers.
- To warm up leftovers, pour soup into a pot set over medium heat, stirring frequently so the bottom doesn't burn.
- If you can't find seafood stock at your grocery store, use 1 cup of clam juice and 1 cup of vegetable broth or make your own with crab or shrimp shells.
- Don't be tempted to substitute the heavy cream for whole milk; the soup won't taste as good.
- Don't use imitation crab meat; it's actually finely minced fish.
- Have all ingredients prepped before you start cooking.
This recipe was originally published on February 14, 2020.