Maryland Crab Soup


This crab soup is the real stuff — genuine Maryland crab soup, direct from the Chesapeake Bay area.

Close up on a bowl of Maryland crab soup.
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes

  • 3 cups water

  • 2 cups beef broth

  • 1 cup fresh lima beans

  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels

  • 1 cup sliced carrots

  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion

  • 2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning TM

  • 1 gallon water

  • 10 blue crab claws, steamed (Optional)

  • 1 pound blue crab crabmeat


  1. Gather all ingredients.

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  2. Place stewed tomatoes, 3 cups water, beef broth, lima beans, corn, sliced carrots, chopped onion, and Old Bay seasoning in a 4-quart pot. Bring to a simmer over medium heat; cover and cook for 5 minutes.

    Overhead of a brother and tomato mixture cooking in a pot.

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  3. Bring 1 gallon water to a boil in a large pot. Add crab claws and boil for 6 minutes; drain.

  4. Stir crabmeat and boiled crab claws into tomato and vegetable mixture. Cover and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve hot.

    Overhead of crab being added to a tomato and vegetable mixture cooking in a pot.

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    Overhead of a cooked Maryland crab soup resting in a pot.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

165 Calories
1g Fat
22g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 165
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 882mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 10mg 52%
Calcium 121mg 9%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 810mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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