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Maryland Crab Soup Recipe

Maryland Crab Soup

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"The is the real stuff. Genuine Maryland crab soup, direct from the Chesapeake Bay area."

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  1. Place whole tomatoes, water, lima beans, corn, sliced carrots, chopped onion, Old Bay seasoning, and beef broth, in a 4 quart pot. Heat to simmer, cover, and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Bring 1 gallon water to boil. Add crab claws and boil 6 minutes. Drain crab and set aside
  3. Stir crabmeat (and crabs claws, if desired) into tomato and vegetable mixture. Cover and simmer 10-15 minutes longer. Serve hot.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 08, 2008

This is a wonderful recipe for crab soup. I am from MD and can get this in restaurants but have been looking for a recipe like this for a long time. I do add some extra things, like chopped cabbage, potatoes, and birds eye frozen mixed vegs. I don't like lima beans so I leave them out. The extra veggies make the soup take longer to cook but it is really DELICIOUS! **Try not to use pasteurized or canned crab meat or it will give the soup a "fishy" taste. Fresh crab meat works the best (if you can find it in your area).

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 03, 2011

I grew up near the Chesapeake Bay and I think this soup didn't taste anything like Maryland crab soup. The broth was bland and had no depth whatsoever. Really good crab soup includes some shredded cabbage too.

Jan 17, 2004

I have been cooking Maryland Crab Soup for years. It is my all time favorite. This recipe is fabulous. I added more onion, potatoes and substituted in some crushed tomatoes. The crushed tomatoes give the soup a heartier, more robust texture.

Apr 15, 2007

Very good! My husband grew up in Baltimore and thought that the idea of lima beans was a bit strange so I omitted those. I did add celery, low sodium beef broth, a cubed potato and extra Old Bay seasoning. Fantastic!

Aug 13, 2009

I am also from Maryland and although I made a number of adjustments, this is a very good basic recipe. Here is what changed: I used crushed tomatoes instead of stewed (28 oz can), used Birdseye frozen veggies, which has green beans, corn and peas (2 small bags), 1 1/2 cups cubed potatoes, 1/2 cup chopped savoy cabbage, 2 cans (not cups) of beef broth (low sodium), 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1 T. Worcheshire sauce. 3 Tablespoons of Old Bay was perfect for me, but for someone who isn't from the area, it might be a little too spicy. I cooked it much longer on low (about 2 hours), but I don't serve it until the next day so all of the flavors can develop.

Aug 29, 2008

This is almost identical to the recipe my family has used for years. One of the main differences is that I add 1/4 cup of brown sugar and 1 Tbsp. of Worchestire sauce. It may sound strange but it really gives it a "richer" flavor!

Aug 04, 2003

This was absolutely the best Maryland Crab Soup recipe I have ever made. The taste was truly authentic. I did, however, follow the advise of one other reviewer and added potatoes to the recipe. Awesome!

Jul 20, 2003

I have been looking for a Maryland crab soup recipe for so long. This is IT!!!! It tasted almost exactly like the soup from Philips Crab House in Maryland and also available in the frozen dept. of the market. I used lump crab instead of blue and left out the claws. The only thing I would change is to add the cubed potatoes it seems to be missing. It was wonderful!!!!!


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  • Calories
  • 165 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 21.5 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 52 mg
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 1.3 g
  • 2%
  • Fiber
  • 5.3 g
  • 21%
  • Protein
  • 17.8 g
  • 36%
  • Sodium
  • 882 mg
  • 35%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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