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maryland crab soup
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Maryland Crab Soup

Maryland crab soup is a staple in just about every restaurant in the state, even if it's not a seafood restaurant. The soup is tomato based, full of vegetables and fresh picked crab meat seasoned liberally with our state-favorite seasoning, Old Bay.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Maryland
Keyword: blue crabs, maryland, Maryland Crab Soup, tomato based soup, vegetable soup
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 195kcal
Author: NicholeL


  • 1 lb. Maryland crab meat see above for recommended type
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 carrots peeled and cut into round
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 2 medium potatoes scrubbed and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 cup cabbage shredded
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 cup green beans large chop
  • 8.5 oz can lima beans drained
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes no salt added, preferred
  • 8 oz tomato paste
  • 4-6 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 2-3 cups water
  • 1-2 tablespoon Old Bay see note
  • 1 teaspoon each garlic powder onion powder, celery seed, black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce


  • Gently pick through the crab meat to remove any remaining shells or cartilage. Set meat aside.
  • Add olive oil to a large stock pot over medium high heat. Add the carrots, celery and onion and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste.
  • Add 4 cups of the beef broth,  2 cups of water, potatoes and 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning. Bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
  • Reduce to a simmer and add in the cabbage, corn, peas, green beans, lima beans and diced tomatoes. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Taste test, and add the garlic powder, onion powder, celery seed, pepper, hot sauce and remaining Old Bay.
  • Stir in the crab meat and additional beef broth or water if the soup is too thick. Simmer for 5-10 more minutes then remove from the heat and serve.


If you have crab shells or claw legs to simmer in the soup, add at step 3 but omit the Old Bay seasoning. At step 5, remove shells or legs and taste, adding Old Bay or other seasonings as needed.  


Serving: 1½ cups | Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 20.1g | Protein: 21.7g | Fat: 3.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 854mg | Fiber: 4.8g | Sugar: 7.1g