South Carolina She-Crab Soup


This she-crab soup is a staple for all of us living on the South Carolina coast. Here is my take on the soup that I think is outstanding. Enjoy!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 5 tablespoons butter

  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 small white onion, grated

  • 1 stalk celery, grated

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 quarts half-and-half cream

  • 1 pint heavy cream

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • ½ cup sherry wine

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

  • 1 pound lump crabmeat

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives


  1. Melt butter in a large stockpot over medium heat. Stir in flour to make a smooth paste; cook and stir for about 3 minutes. Mix in onion, celery, and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook and stir for about 4 minutes.

  2. Gradually whisk in half-and-half so that no lumps form. Stir in heavy cream and chicken broth; bring to a simmer. Pour in 1/2 of the sherry. Season with dill, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. Cover and simmer until soup has reduced by 1/3, about 30 minutes. Add crabmeat; simmer for 10 more minutes.

  3. Ladle soup into bowls. Top each serving with a splash of remaining sherry and sprinkle of chives.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

677 Calories
58g Fat
20g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 677
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 58g 74%
Saturated Fat 36g 178%
Cholesterol 240mg 80%
Sodium 485mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 7mg 34%
Calcium 362mg 28%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 637mg 14%

* 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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