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A white bowl with handles with Chesapeake Bay Crab Soup with a ladle in the background

Crab Soup

  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: soup
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Rich, creamy crab soup is a well-known specialty on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Seasoned with Old Bay and white wine, it's a 20-minute meal you'll turn to again and again.


Units Scale
  • 4 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 3/4 cup diced onion-about one small
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 lb back fin crab meat, cartilage removed
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • Salt to taste


  1. In a large pot melt butter over medium high heat.
  2. Add diced onion and sauté until the onions are translucent.
  3. Add flour and stir with a whisk, cooking one minute.
  4. Slowly add half and half and milk and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add crab meat, wine, Worcestershire and Old Bay.
  7. Season with salt to taste.

Keywords: crab soup