Cooking for Two Essentials: Yummy Crab Soup

Andy Anderson !


Spent the evening and the wee hours of the morning working on a couple of new recipes. This crab soup is one of them. Simple to make. imminently modifiable, it will make your taste buds happy.

It actually started out when I spied a 4-ounce tin of lump crabmeat in the pantry. And, I thought, what can I do with this?

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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10 Min
15 Min
Stove Top



  • 2 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted
  • 2 Tbsp
    yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2 Tbsp
    celery, finely diced
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp
    sherry, dry variety
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    flour, all-purpose variety
  • 1 tsp
    new england seasoning, like old bay
  • 1/4 tsp
    paprika, hot or sweet, your choice
  • 1 - 2 pinch
    white pepper, freshly ground, or to taste
  • 1 1/4 c
    whole milk
  • 2 oz
    cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp
    dijon mustard, i prefer grey poupon
  • 4 oz
    lump crabmeat
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    salt, kosher variety, to taste

  • ·
    lemon wedges, for serving
  • ·
    oyster crackers, for serving

  • ·
    additional veggies (peas, corn, carrots, etc.)
  • ·
    diced potatoes
  • ·
    how about a couple of shrimp

How to Make Cooking for Two Essentials: Yummy Crab Soup


  2. This all comes together in a medium size saucepan. Easy/Peasy
  3. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  4. Finely chop the onions and celery.
  5. If you are adding additional veggies and/or potatoes, prep them also.
  6. Add the butter to a saucepan over medium heat.
  7. When the butter melts, toss in the veggies.
  8. If you are using veggies like peas, toss them in towards the end of the recipe. Unless they are fresh; in which case, toss them in now.
  9. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions and celery begin to soften, but not brown, 3 – 5 minutes.
  10. Add the sherry, and cook until reduced by 75%, 2 – 3 minutes.
  11. Add the dry spices (flour, Old Bay, paprika, pepper), and stir to combine, 1 minute.
  12. Do not add the salt yet.
  13. Add the milk and Dijon, and bring up to a simmer, then add the cream cheese. Stir until the cream cheese is melted into the soup, and it begins to thicken, 2 – 4 minutes.
  14. Do a final tasting for proper seasoning and add salt (or other spices) to taste.
  15. Carefully fold in the crab.
  17. Serve while nice and hot, with some crusty bread, or maybe some oyster crackers. Enjoy.
  18. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Cooking for Two Essentials: Yummy Crab Soup

Course/Dish: Chowders
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Soy Free
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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