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Maryland crab soup in white bowl, biscuit on board.

Maryland Crab Soup

  • Author: Deb Belsha
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


This Maryland Crab Soup is a flavorful and hearty tomato-based soup. With tons of vegetables and crabmeat, it is a healthy and filling one pot meal.


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  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small red pepper, chopped
  • 5 ounces cabbage (coleslaw), chopped *
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow or white onion, chopped
  • 8 ounce package of baby carrots, chopped *
  • 1/2 cup frozen, fresh or canned peas
  • 1 cup frozen, fresh or canned green beans
  • 1 16 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 3 cups low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 8 ounce container lump crabmeat*
  • 8 ounce can lump crabmeat
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes*optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Heat large soup pot over medium flame and melt 1 tablespoon butter.
  2. Stir in the celery, onions, carrots, red peppers and saute' until lightly browned.
  3. Add the broths, seasonings, tomatoes, Worcestershire, remaining vegetables into pot.  
  4. Bring to a boil, cover soup, turn down flame to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Stir in the crabmeat, lemon juice and the remaining tablespoon butter.  Simmer for another 30-60 minutes.
  6. Remove bay leaves before serving.


*You can use two cans of lump crabmeat to save money.  It won't taste as authentic as fresh crabmeat, but it will be fine.

*To save time, you can skip the step of browning the vegetables. However,  I always like to give a quick saute' since I feel that makes the vegetables sweeter and more flavorful.

*Make sure you taste test the broth for seasoning.  Add more spice or salt as preferred.

Keywords: crab soup, dinner, seafood, one pot meal, freezer meal