Callaloo Soup Recipe -

Callaloo Soup

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"A taste of the Caribbean. The main ingredients are callaloo leaves, or spinach, and okra. Both were originally brought from Africa in the seventeenth century. Serve piping hot with slices of avocado pear and hot bread."

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  1. Remove the thick stems of the callaloo leaves, chop roughly, and put into a large saucepan. Add the chicken stock, onion, beef, black pepper, shallots, thyme, chili pepper, and crab meat. Cover, and simmer until meat is tender, about 35 minutes.
  2. Add the okra, and cook for 8 minutes.
  3. Remove the chili pepper. Puree the soup in a blender or food processor. Reheat, and adjust seasonings.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 10, 2005

OMG, this soup is simply divine... no actually, it is the devil! I couldn't stop eating it, bowl after bowl after delicious, mouthwatering bowl. I finished all 6 servings in one day! Thank god I'm lazy and don't get out much... otherwise I would have made many more batches and ended up killing myself from overeating. Seriously though, you need to try this soup. Oh, and HAHAHA... good one Corwynn! For a real laugh, try finding some callaloo leaves in your neighborhood. I went to 4 different grocery stores and not one staff member, their management, or even the professional Chef I ran into had heard of this ingredient before. Either way, spinach worked out just fine. As well, for those of you with limited, microwave-only cooking knowledge, shallots look like this: ... and salt beef is more commonly known as corned beef. Thanks goes out to my friendly, neighborhood grocers for those tidbits of knowledge. Otherwise I’d still be roaming the isles of the grocery store instead of being keeled over in pain from the 6 bowls of soup I just ate.

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 19, 2011

real callaloo has coconut milk. That is better than chicken stock. Rather than crab meat add large blue crab claws


12 Ratings

Aug 07, 2003

I made this soup for a couple for was having a "romantic dinner for two" Caribbean style. They both loved this soup! I made it again for myself and husband, and we both thought it was wonderful. The only suggestion I would have is this: it is a little on the salty side, so really trim the salt beef well first.

Nov 28, 2006

I thought this was very delicious. My girls really liked it. I didn't put the okra or the crabmeat in cause I didn't have any. I added two cups of coconut milk and reduced some of the chicken stock to 4 cups and it just tasted so flavourful. I will make again for sure. Thanks.

Nov 24, 2008

Execellent Caribbean soup! I used frozen spinach. Instead of salt beef I used fried bacon and I used crabmeat from a can.

Jan 13, 2009

Never Again.... I had high expectations for this dish based on the reviews. We were very disappointed. I followed the directions exactly as written using fresh spinach, and it was awful. I will say that the longer it cooked, the better it tasted, but even after 4 hours on the stove, and several adjustments, it was still not up to par. Since my investment was $15.00, I did what I could to make it taste better, but even after adjusting it, though it was better, it had a dull flavor.

Aug 07, 2003

This was really easy to make and tasted something like the Callaloo we had on our Carribean vacation. It is very very tasty and its good for you too. If you are having a Carribean night this is a great starter!

Sep 01, 2010

I totally modified this soup because I didn't have all the ingredients plus I am a lazy cook and it turned out great. I started with a bunch of callaloo, added 32 oz of chix stock, onion + quarter sweet onion, little hot yellow pepper, thyme, salt, pepper, canned crab meat. I simmered for a while and then added a can of condensed milk. No pureeing, just ate it as it and it was amazing.


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  • Calories
  • 120 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8.6 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 50 mg
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 3.9 g
  • 6%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 13.6 g
  • 27%
  • Sodium
  • 333 mg
  • 13%

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

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