Cream of Crab Soup


There are two soups that you can find in just about any Maryland restaurant. Maryland Crab, a tomato based vegetable soup with crab meat and heavy Old Bay seasoning to make it spicy, and Cream of Crab, a cream/milk based soup with potatoes, celery and crab meat with a much milder flavor and richer texture almost like a chowder or bisque.

For years I would only eat Maryland Crab soup. Something about cream and crab meat together just turned me off completely. I think I was in my early 20's before I finally decided to try cream of crab soup. Its quite tasty, but I should have known that all along. While I still tend to gravitate towards Maryland Crab when given the choice, I do appreciate the richness and flavors of the cream of crab soup. Which is why when I saw it on Laura's blog, I added it to the menu for the following week.

Laura has a Local tag on her blog where she features Maryland-style recipes and where she uses local ingredients. The whole section makes my Maryland-native heart smile to see someone else share the recipes I grew up eating as well. You should check it out!

Cream of Crab Soup
Barely Adapted from. Tide and Thyme 
Servings: 4-6
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    • 1 lb. crab meat, shells removed
    • 2 small white potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" cubes
    • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
    • 1 shallot, minced
    • 2 tbsp. butter
    • 2 tbsp. flour
    • 2 cups milk
    • 2 cups heavy cream
    • Old Bay seasoning  

    1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook for 10 minutes or until just softened. Drain and set aside.
    2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the celery and shallot and cook for 5-7 minutes or until soft. Whisk in the flour until combined and cook for 2-3 minutes more.
    3. Add the potatoes, milk and cream and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly until the soup thickens. Then add the crab meat and reduce the heat to low.
    4. Cover and let cook for 5 minutes.
    5. Ladle the soup into bowls and season with Old Bay to taste.

    The only change I made from the original recipe was to add potatoes. I've only had cream of crab with them and I just felt like it wouldn't be the same without them. I don't think I got my soup to thicken up as much as it should have, but I served this along with some lightly toasted Italian bread and it was absolutely delicious.

    While I can't just convert to a cream-of-crabber, I can say that this version of cream of crab is delicious and I will definitely make it again.


  1. I can't believe that I have never had a cream crab soup. This looks lipsmacking!

  2. I didn't think you could make me miss Maryland so soon, but now I am craving some of this! I also really like crab and corn chowder, so I might sub the potatoes for some corn. Now you just need to give me a recipe for Chicken Chesapeake or Crab Dip!

    1. I have a chicken chesapeake recipe on here somewhere. I know I need to redo the pic. And now I want crab dip. I may need to make some up soon.

  3. I'm making cream of crab this weekend. I use a cream base that you can buy in a wholesale food store, such as Holt or Sysco (MD businesses). I also put in shredded carrots. Just gives it another texture. Deliciousness in a bowl!


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