An easy Maryland Crab Soup recipe made with lump crab meat, mixed frozen vegetables (corn, green beans, corn, peas and potatoes), lima beans, and a beef-tomato broth. Seasoned with Old Bay and bay leaves.
Maryland crab soup is something anyone can make and enjoy, no matter where you live.
★ Why You'll Love this Recipe ★
When you're craving seafood or something other than the norm, this tasty soup will hit the spot
The recipe is quite simple, packed with a variety of hearty veggies including lima beans!
This tomato-based soup is made with real, fresh, jumbo lump Maryland crab meat, frozen vegetables, potatoes and a beefy broth seasoned with Old Bay.
You can cook this soup on the stovetop or in your crockpot.
★ Ingredients You'll Need ★
What ingredients do you need to make this Maryland crab soup?
Here's everything you need:
Crab meat, diced tomatoes, beef broth, onion, mixed vegetables (I use corn, lima beans, green beans, carrots, and peas which you can buy frozen or use fresh), diced potatoes, a few bay leaves for added flavor and Old Bay seasoning.
By the way, if you haven't seen the thread of funny comments made by people who don't know what a Bay Leaf is, you must read this hilarious post!
It's a simple list of ingredients, but you get a lot of flavor!
★ Tips & FAQs ★
Where to Find Real Maryland Crab Meat
If you aren't anywhere near Maryland, don't worry. The beautify of the internet and this modern world is that you can actually order real Maryland jumbo lump crab meat and have it shipped to you!
I highly recommend using jumbo lump crab meat picked from Maryland crabs if at all possible. You're going to get meatier chunks, better flavor, and no pieces of shells.
You can use canned crab meat with this recipe.
Fresh-picked crab meat is always best. However, when that's not possible, canned crab meat can be used. Be warned that I often find shell fragments in canned crab meat though.
If you're going the canned route, here are a few tips. There is a range of quality when it comes to canned crab meat. I'd recommend splurging on the premium crab meat you can find in the refrigerated seafood section of your grocery store.
Premium canned crab meat will taste more fresh and offers bugger chunks of meat. If you can find jumbo lump crab meat, that's the best kind.
You can also find canned crab meat that's not refrigerated in the same section as the canned tuna. This crab works too and if usually available at a lower price point. Go with works for your budget and for the level of quality you're craving.
What can you serve with this crab soup?
This crab soup is really pretty hearty and eats like a meal making it great for lunch or dinner. If you want a little something extra, you can enjoy with saltine crackers, oyster crackers, corn bread, or Red Lobster cheddar bay biscuits! As I mentioned, this soups is packed full of veggies but if you're a vegetable lover, then you could always pair this soup up with a side salad.
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Maryland Crab Soup
- 2 tablespoon butter
- 1 small onion diced
- 2 cups mixed vegetables (corn, green beans, carrots, peas)
- 8 oz lima beans, drained or 1 cup frozen lima beans
- 3 potatoes
- 4 cups beef broth
- 14 oz petite diced tomatoes
- 16 oz cooked crab meat
- 2 bay leaves
- 1-2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning to taste more or less to taste
- In a dutch oven or soup pot, melt butter over medium-high heat. Sauté diced onion in butter until translucent (about 2-3 minutes).
- Add mixed vegetables and lima beans to onions. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes until thawed.
- Microwave potatoes for 3 minutes to soften then chop into small chunks. *Use caution, potatoes will be hot. Add potatoes to vegetables in pot.
- Stir in beef broth, diced tomatoes, crab meat, bay leaves and Old Bay seasoning. Bring to a boil then reduce to medium-low and simmer for about 20-25 minutes before serving.