Rating: 4.79 stars
170 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 144
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1

This creamy, Cajun crab soup has been in my family for years. It's comfort food during the winter, a 'stick to your bones' soup!!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat; then gradually whisk in the flour. Cook 5 to 7 minutes, whisking constantly, until a golden roux forms; set aside.

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  • Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Combine the onion, garlic, and celery and cook 1 minute. Add the Cajun seasoning to taste. Stir in the broth, corn, and bay leaf. Bring to a simmer, then pour in the milk, cream, and liquid crab boil. When the mixture begins to simmer, reduce heat to low and simmer 7 minutes. Stir in the roux, 1 tablespoon at a time, blending thoroughly. Continue to cook, on low heat, whisking until mixture thickens. Stir in crabmeat, green onions, and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer 6 to 8 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts

388 calories; protein 14.8g; carbohydrates 16.3g; fat 30.1g; cholesterol 131.3mg; sodium 522.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (125)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2009
This was so good I had the impulse to fill the bathtub and roll around in it. My guest at first said it was good, but as he got further down the bowl, to the chunks of crab and corn, he starting raving. He wanted seconds but I decided to save the rest for myself. A significant change I made was to use fat free cream. This made it much healthier but, believe me, the flavor was still outstanding. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/25/2010
nice recipe, but to make things easier, when you make the roux add the veggies directly to the roux; then the liquids...as real cajan cooks use a darker roux although it does not have the thickening qualities as a lighter roux it will still be good Read More
(20)
170 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 144
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2009
This was so good I had the impulse to fill the bathtub and roll around in it. My guest at first said it was good, but as he got further down the bowl, to the chunks of crab and corn, he starting raving. He wanted seconds but I decided to save the rest for myself. A significant change I made was to use fat free cream. This made it much healthier but, believe me, the flavor was still outstanding. Read More
(65)
Rating: 5 stars
06/26/2010
I did my own tweaking and it came out so good it should be illegal. I used 6 TB butter, 6TB flour for the roux. Then I used 2 TB butter to soften the 1/2 of small onion. I used 1/2 tsp of cajun seasoning,( 2 )14oz cans of low sodium chicken broth,1 bag of 14oz frozen baby corn,1 cup fat free half & half, 1 cup lite cream, 1/2 tsp shrimp & crab boil, 1 lb of canned lump crabmeat & salt to taste.UPDATE: I used 1 can of white wine in place of 1 of the 2 cans of broth, and it has a nice complimentary flavor to the crab. Read More
(45)
Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2009
This soup was amazing! I halved the liquids and used a can of cream corn and 12 oz of crab to use what I had in the cupboard. I'll be making this again for sure!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2008
This bisque was awesome but a little too bland so I used about 2 tablespoons of Tony Chachere's (cajun seasoning) and now it's tastes like something I would order straight out of new orleans. Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2009
Very good!!! One of the best meals I have ever made. I did change a few things. I used 4 ears of fresh corn. I added one jalapeno and hot sauce for extra spice.I also used Tony's(cajun seasoning)for flavor.I like it real spicy! I also added one and a half more cups of chicken stock so it wasn't so thick. Everything else I followed by the recipe! My whole family is from New Orleans so I know a great bisque and this is one!! AWESOME recipe!!! Read More
(20)
Rating: 3 stars
06/25/2010
nice recipe, but to make things easier, when you make the roux add the veggies directly to the roux; then the liquids...as real cajan cooks use a darker roux although it does not have the thickening qualities as a lighter roux it will still be good Read More
(20)
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2008
Wow! This was amazing. I've never made a soup before so I followed the directions as closely as I could with a few minor additions and the result was spectacular. The bisque was so amazing that my husband (and I) are a little worried I may never be able to duplicate it? These are my additions: when I added the broth corn and bay leaf I also added a about half of a small jar of pimentos because I thought they would give a nice touch of color and I think many crab bisque's I ve eaten at restaurants have something red I wasn t sure if it was a red pepper or pimento but the pimento worked very well and was soft and tasty in the soup.. When I added the milk cream and liquid crab boil I also added three splashes of cooking sherry. By the way I had no idea what liquid crab and shrimp boil seasoning is. I searched the spice aisle of our best grocer and found superior touch better than bouillon lobster base and hoped for the best. This seemed to work quite well. I am not a Cajun cooker but a friend gave us Tony Chachare s More Spice seasoning as a gift and three shakes of this Cajun spice resulted in a bisque that was not spicy until after swallowing when a mild spice (I have young children) emerged. This was wonderful I hope I can re-create it! Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2007
This was absolutely delicious and very quick & easy to make. Cooking time was more around 30 min start to finish. I was worried about the statement that it would taste salty so I didn't add additional salt (the recipe doesn't call for Old Bay seasoning so maybe that's where she went wrong). However it was not salty at all. I also didn't add the shrimp/crab boil because I didn't have any and didn't know where to get it. I used a can (6 oz) of lump crab meat and a 1/2 pound of fresh small shrimp (size 90-110). I followed everything else to the tee. Thank you! Read More
(14)
Rating: 4 stars
05/10/2016
This was good BUT between the salt in the Creole seasoning and the salt in the Old Bay seasoning and the salt in the Worchestershire... this was like a salt lick. Even my son who always adds more salt thought it was too salty. I know that my Cajun BF wouldn't like this because of the salt. I will keep the recipe but I won't add the Old Bay or additional salt to the bisque. I did add finely diced carrots dried parsley (towards the end) ps: Old Bay brand crab and shrimp boil (liquid) was used. _____________ EDIT 5/9/16...tried it again...as I didn't see my first review (as I wasn't logged in) hehehe but saw other posts about salt". This time...I added just shy of 2 tsps. of Tony Chachere's creole seasoning and the Worchestershire but left out the additional salt and the Old Bay (frankly don't care for the taste anyway)....MUCH better!!! I used a # of fresh crab clawmeat as that's what I got at the fish market! Read More
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