Thai Fresh Crab Chowder

This Thai-inspired crab chowder has some zippy ingredients, balanced to frame the crab without overpowering it. Shelling fresh crab is the most time-intensive and tedious part of the preparation. Taste as you cook; you don't want the ingredients to overpower the delicate taste of the crab.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
6 servings


  • 6 cups water, or as needed

  • 2 medium red potatoes, thickly sliced

  • 2 large carrots, thickly sliced

  • 4 teaspoons clam base

  • 3 sprigs fresh dill

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 2 medium shallots, thinly sliced

  • 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced

  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup white wine

  • 1 (14 ounce) can light coconut milk

  • 1 pound cooked crabmeat

  • 1 stalk lemongrass, cut into 4 pieces

  • 2 lemons, juiced

  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger root

  • ground black pepper to taste


  1. Combine water, potatoes, carrots, clam base, and dill in a large soup pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.

  2. Meanwhile, heat butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add shallots, jalapeno pepper, and garlic. Cook until shallots are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add wine and transfer mixture to the soup pot.

  3. Add coconut milk, crabmeat, lemongrass, lemon juice, and ginger to the soup pot. Add water to desired consistency. Simmer soup about 20 minutes more and season with black pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

269 Calories
13g Fat
24g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 269
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 1242mg 54%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 44mg 220%
Calcium 89mg 7%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 720mg 15%

* 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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