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She Crab Soup

This She Crab Soup is the perfect cold weather recipe. Sweet crab meat in a creamy bisque, these flavors are just what you need to warm up.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 207kcal
Author Dina



  • Bring a large pot over medium high heat, then add 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, 1/2 chopped yellow onion, 1 diced celery rib, and 1 minced garlic clove. Stir until the onion becomes translucent.
  • Now add 1/3 cup all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning, 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Stir for about 1 minute.
  • Then bring the heat to high and pour in 1/2 cup dry sherry. Quickly stir and let the wine cook out for about 2 minutes.
  • Now add 1 cup clam juice, 3 cups milk, 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, 1 cup chicken broth, 2 Tbsps lemon juice, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 bay leaf, and 1 tsp salt (or to taste). Let the soup come to a simmer and keep the soup simmering for about 15 minutes.
  • Then remove the bay leaf and add in 1 pound of lump crab meat. At this point you can add in your roe if you chose to use it (optional). Return the soup to a simmer for an addition 4 minutes and serve.


  • Substitute rice flour for all-purpose- This switch will make this She Crab Soup gluten-free.
  • Wine- If you don't want to use alcohol, you can omit it and replace it with equal amounts of chicken broth.
  • Make ahead: You can make this soup ahead of time (minus the crab meat) and warm it on the stovetop. Then add the crab, simmer for a few minutes, and serve.


Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 1031mg | Potassium: 331mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 399IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 148mg | Iron: 1mg