Trinidadian Callaloo Soup


This is made with callaloo leaves in the West Indies, but in Canada we often have to use spinach leaves, which is just as tasty.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
8 cups


  • 2 slices bacon, chopped

  • 2 onions, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 stalk celery, chopped

  • 1 clove garlic

  • 3 cups water, or as needed

  • 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen okra, thawed

  • 1 (10 ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed

  • ¼ teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 (6 ounce) cans crab, drained (Optional)


  1. Heat bacon in a saucepan over medium heat until fat begins to render, about 2 minutes; stir in onions, green bell pepper, celery, and garlic. Cook and stir mixture until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.

  2. Pour water into bacon mixture; stir in okra and spinach. Bring soup to a simmer; cook for 30 minutes. Season with hot pepper sauce, salt, and pepper.

  3. Blend soup until smooth using an immersion blender. Alternatively, pour soup into a blender no more than half full. Cover and hold lid down; pulse a few times before leaving on to blend. Puree in batches until smooth.

  4. Return soup to a simmer in saucepan over low heat; stir in crab. Simmer until crab is heated through, about 5 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Chicken broth can be substituted for water; 2 slices of smoked ham can be substituted for bacon.

This can be spiced up with Caribbean green seasoning and more hot sauce.

I have made this soup with lots of fresh spinach, and added a zucchini.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

112 Calories
2g Fat
13g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 112
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 234mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 28mg 142%
Calcium 166mg 13%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 567mg 12%

* 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.