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

Recipe Summary

Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • Bring 1 gallon water to boil. Add crab claws and boil 6 minutes. Drain crab and set aside

  • Stir crabmeat (and crabs claws, if desired) into tomato and vegetable mixture. Cover and simmer 10-15 minutes longer. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts

165 calories; protein 17.8g 36% DV; carbohydrates 21.5g 7% DV; fat 1.3g 2% DV; cholesterol 51.8mg 17% DV; sodium 882.2mg 35% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2008
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). Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/03/2011
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. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 30
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2008
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). Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/13/2009
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2004
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2007
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2008
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2003
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2003
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!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/03/2011
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. Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2006
This is the best and easiest tomato-based crab soup I've ever made or eaten. I've made it several times already as we do a lot of crabbing in the summer. I find it much easier to just use a bag of frozen mixed veggies. Read More
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