Cajun Crab Soup Recipe -
Cajun Crab Soup Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Cajun Crab Soup

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"This rich, delicious soup is modeled after a great soup that we had in a restaurant in Bethany Beach, Delaware!"

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    45 mins


  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic until onion is tender. Whisk in flour, and cook 2 minutes. Stir in clam juice and chicken broth, and bring to a boil. Mix in corn, and season with salt, white pepper, thyme, and cayenne. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes.
  2. Stir in cream, crab meat, and green onions. Heat through, but do not boil once the cream has been added.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 01, 2007

Very, very good and easy! I made a few adjustments. Instead of clam juice, I used Better than Bouillon clam base and water(hard to find, but fabulous). Then I skipped the salt. I whisked in a brick of low-fat cream cheese (softened, in pieces) just after the first boil. I skipped the cream and added milk instead. I added the cayenne bit by bit, and tasted after each addition. My husband ate two big bowls. I had one, he's taking a bowl to work today and tomorrow--that's all we have left! Fabulous! I'll make this again for sure!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 16, 2006

my husband wouldn't eat it, I couldn't because of the cream, I tasted it and it seemed good.


211 Ratings

Nov 15, 2005

This is one for the Hall of Fame! I can't imagine doing anything to make it better. Obviously, those that prefer more of a kick should add more cayenne pepper after tasting. For me, the kick was perfect; just enough to to let one know that it's "there," but not so strong as to be overwhelming. For those that might not be familiar with this style soup, it is similar to clam chowder--but with nuance of it's own. Five stars if ever there was a five-star soup!

Jan 03, 2003

Delicious! Because I prefer items to just be mildly spiced, I only used 1/8 tsp. of cayenne, which was just mildly tangy and much to my liking compared to a spicier soup. I also reduced the salt by half. Very easy to make. I had several bowls at one sitting because it was so delicious!

Sep 27, 2010

Excellent and memorable. Hubs preferred I sub celery for the white corn and it proved to be a surprisingly delicious substitute. Also, rather than the cayenne, white pepper and thyme, I simply used a Cajun seasoning to taste. I used pasteurized, lump crab meat. This comes together quickly, uses simple ingredients and really delivers - this is a rich, velvety smooth, creamy and distinctly seafood flavored soup, decadently delicious with big chunks of crab. Exquisite.

Feb 09, 2004

Served this last night for a dinner party and everybody thought I'd slaved all day...definitely the hit of the party. I made it exactly as instructed and everything turned out great! Definitely a keeper for my recipe box. As I was making this for the party and had lots of other food prep work to do, I took this recipe through step 1 several hours ahead of time, transfering the simmered mixture to a slow cooker on low to keep it hot. Added the crab meat, onions and cream just before the guests arrived. Couldn't be happier. Thanks!

Mar 18, 2003

This recipe made me a big star! I followed the recipe to the letter and was very happy with the results. It is a very rich, gourmet tasting soup. I served it with bread and salad. I used 2 different kinds of lump crab meat - a cheaper brand and a more expensive brand. My advice? Definitely spring for the more expensive crab because it's firmer and CAN taste the difference.

Jan 30, 2006

This soup was very good, with just the right amount of spice. My only complaint is that it was a little TOO rich and I think next time I'll substitute some of the cream for half and half or just milk. Still, I enjoyed it quite a bit.


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  • Calories
  • 420 kcal
  • 21%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 14.5 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 164 mg
  • 55%
  • Fat
  • 34.6 g
  • 53%
  • Fiber
  • 1.4 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 15.1 g
  • 30%
  • Sodium
  • 636 mg
  • 25%

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

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