26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

A Chesapeake Bay favorite in my family for years. It's rich, creamy and packet with flavor.

Dorsey
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Ingredients

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

Directions

  • In a large stockpot, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and celery; saute until onions are transparent, about 4 minutes.

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  • Stir in flour, mixing well. Cook for about 1 minute, stirring constantly. Do not burn, or let it go lumpy. Add water, chicken broth and chicken soup base; stir until smooth. Bring to a boil. Stir in parsley and diced potato. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.

  • Stir in cream, soy sauce, crab meat and seasonings. Raise heat to medium and bring chowder just to a boil. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts

383 calories; 27.1 g total fat; 128 mg cholesterol; 1896 mg sodium. 15.9 g carbohydrates; 19.5 g protein; Full Nutrition


Reviews (22)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2006
The absolute best! My parents live on the eastern shore of MD an love this the best! I took this into work in Baltimore and the staff of 18 flipped out! All my Baltimore crab lovers wanted this smooth rich recipe! It's FLY as my teenagers say!!
(5)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/02/2004
The recipe calls for far too much water. Award winning crab soup has a velvety texture. This soup is running and had very little texture. The taste is passable but with other recipes not half as running I wold avoid this one. Texture is very important in crab soup and this recipe has almost none. If you decide to make it the actual cooking time will be 2-3 times longer than the recipe calls for while you are trying to reduce all that water. Then things get overcooked pot boils over etc. This is one to avoid.
(28)
26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
10/26/2007
I always like to try recipes as written the first time but it was apparent that this was going to be too watery. I used chicken stock left out the water and thickened the celery butter and onion mixture with a couple extra tablespoons of flour. I added two extra potatoes and used about two and a half cups of whipping cream instead of the half and half. Seasonings I used were Worcestershire sauce instead of the soy sauce a little chopped fresh basil additional Old Bay and a dash of cayenne pepper. The result was fantastic; thick and creamy everything a good "Ball-mer" Cream of Crab soup should be!
(32)
Rating: 2 stars
01/02/2004
The recipe calls for far too much water. Award winning crab soup has a velvety texture. This soup is running and had very little texture. The taste is passable but with other recipes not half as running I wold avoid this one. Texture is very important in crab soup and this recipe has almost none. If you decide to make it the actual cooking time will be 2-3 times longer than the recipe calls for while you are trying to reduce all that water. Then things get overcooked pot boils over etc. This is one to avoid.
(28)
Rating: 4 stars
10/14/2003
Sounds good. It takes a while to gather all the seafood and other ingredients.
(9)
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Rating: 3 stars
10/16/2006
I might try this recipe again but I do believe I will just omit the water and double the broth.
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2006
The absolute best! My parents live on the eastern shore of MD an love this the best! I took this into work in Baltimore and the staff of 18 flipped out! All my Baltimore crab lovers wanted this smooth rich recipe! It's FLY as my teenagers say!!
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
01/18/2003
I must have done something wrong because when I added the flour into the sauteed onions there was no liquid left. I continued making it but later I added a lot of cornstarch and water to thicken up the soup. It turned into a thick chowder that was really very good. It took constant stirring while I was adding the thickeners so that took a lot of time. Since I don't know what "chicken base" is I added 3-4 cubes of chicken bouillion. I figured it was close enough. It really turned out tasty. It was my very first "seafood" dish and my family and friends gave it a "10"!!
(3)
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Rating: 4 stars
03/12/2009
I have been using this recipe for years and with a few modifications it is one of my favorite! Instead of the chicken broth soup base water I just use a big box of low sodium chicken broth to make it easier. I also add two cans of chopped clams. Drain one and use the clam juice from the other. This adds great flavor and more salt. Red potatoes and red onions make the soup more colorful. Steam your own crab legs and use the time the potatoes are cooking to de-shell the meat. It makes for much better flavor and bigger chunks of crab in the soup than if you use canned crab.
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2007
Yum Yum Yum! DO NOT skimp on the half and half I use heavy cream in mine. This is a great recipe and it leaves you enough leeway to improvise you want to. It's wonderful just the way it is.
(3)
Rating: 4 stars
03/18/2006
With some 'tweaking" this recipe has potential. I added cooked bacon and shoepeg corn and left out the water. For liquids I used chicken stock and heavy cream. When serving the chowder my husband and I put on several dashes of Tabasco sauce since we like things a bit spicy.
(2)