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Maryland Crab Soup – Dock Party Favorite

Maryland Crab Soup, the not cream, style is a hearty and flavorful delight. It can be served as a soup course, a side, and a main dish.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Equipment

  • 1 Large pot, at least 8 quarts or liters
  • 3 bowls needed for the chopped vegetables
  • 1 large spoon used in stirring the pot
  • 1 chef or gyuto knife You might have to slice and dice a lot of veggies

Ingredients

  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes with juice I use Rotel tomatoes with chilies
  • 3 ea bay leaf
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 pound crab meat picked
  • 4 strips bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 ea onion, chopped yellow or red
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp Old Bay substitute O
  • 1 tsp Lemon Pepper I use store bought
  • 1 Tbsp Worchester Sauce
  • 1 quart Crab, fish, or vegetable stock `
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups potatoes, red or white, small dice
  • 2 cups mixed vegetables see notes below

Instructions

Chopping and Dicing

  • Chop the bacon so it can be rendering in the pot while the other vegetables are being chopped, diced or prepared for the pot
  • Chop the onion, garlic and celery and set aside.
  • Dice the potatoes
  • Dice the carrots
  • Open the Rotal tomatoes can, do not drain.
  • Prepare the remaining vegetables, either open cans, bags, or boxes and portion in bowls for the pot

Cooking

  • In the soup pot start the bacon rendering, let it cook until light brown
  • Add the onions and celery and sauté until onion is translucent, then add the garlic and continue with the sauté about one minute, but not much longer, garlic cooks fast.
  • Add the flavoring spices, Old Bay, Worchester Sauce, and lemon pepper. Stir into the mixture until all has been covered.
  • Add in all ingredients except the crab meat. Mix well and bring to a simmer.
  • Simmer until potatoes are soft, about 30 minutes depending on your elevation.
  • Carefully stir in the crab. Simmer about 10 minutes.

Notes

The vegetable mix will depend on your likes, the season (summer fresh picked).  Mix and match, add what you like.  Some people like okra, if you do then cut it up and hot fry so it is browned before adding to the soup.
a) Fresh/frozen mix
• 2 carrots small dice
• ½ cup small lima beans
• 1 cup green beans snapped
• 1/3 cup corn
OR
b) Packaged/fresh
• 2 to 3 cups of frozen mixed vegetables adding frozen or fresh as desired (I like to add extra lima beans and fresh diced carrots)
Serve with oyster crackers.

Maryland Crab Soup
4 strips of bacon chopped
½ onion chopped
2 stalks celery diced
1 clove garlic minced
3 tbls Old Bay
1 t lemon pepper mix (store purchased)
1 tbls Worchester Sauce
1 quart crab, chicken or vegetable stock
3 cups water
2 cups red or new white potatoes small dice
2+ cups Vegetables
a) Fresh/frozen mix
• 2 carrots small dice
• ½ cup small lima beans
• 1 cup green beans snapped
• 1/3 cup corn
OR
b) Packaged/fresh
• 2 to 3 cups of frozen mixed vegetables adding frozen or fresh as desired (I like to add extra lima beans and fresh diced carrots)
28 oz can diced tomatoes with juice
1 bay leaf
Fresh ground pepper to taste
Salt to taste
1 pound crab meat, picked

In soup pot, cook bacon to light brown. Add onions, celery and sauté until the onion is starting to go translucent; add garlic and continue cooking a minute or two longer. Add Old Bay, lemon pepper and Worchester Sauce and mix well with the vegetables. Add all other ingredients except for the crab. Simmer until the potatoes and carrots are soft, about 30 minutes. Stir in the crab, cook for another 10 minutes.

Serve with oyster crackers. See the Oyster Crackers with Old Bay Seasoning for a Maryland treat.

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Oyster Crackers with Old Bay Seasoning

Tasty little crackers for eating as a snack or for adding to your Maryland Crab Soup
Course Snack, Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes

Equipment

  • 1 baking dish

Ingredients

  • 1 Bag Oyster crackers or box of crackers.
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Old Bay Seasoning

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a baking dish mix in the olive oil
  • Add the Old Bay seasoning by the tablespoon to taste and toss to cover the crackers.
  • Place dish in oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool.
  • Enjoy your snack or add to your Maryland Crab Soup!

Notes

This recipe suggested by Tipsy Housewife.

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