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Homemade Crab Stew Easy Recipe

A good crab stew recipe might be hard to find. Crabmeat Stew is one of those wonderful one-pot hearty meals perfect for fall and winter. This easy crab stew recipe is ready to eat in under one hour.

My recipe for southern Crab Stew has been in our family for many years. It is adapted from a recipe my cousin used to make for us from time to time. I gave it a little bit of a Louisiana crab stew flare by adding the Old Bay seasoning. My cousin enjoyed making it with salt and pepper only. If you don’t care for spice, stick with salt and pepper.

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Ingredients for making Crab stew


 Seven simple ingredients make this an easy meal to prepare. You can find all of these ingredients at your local grocery store or on Amazon with the links provided.


1 Drain the Canned Crabmeat

Pour the crabmeat into a colander to drain and remove the paper wrapping.

Some cans will have paper wrapping and some will not. Allow the crabmeat to drain completely.

How to make Crabmeat Stew.Drain the crabmeat and pull the paper out.Complete directions and recipe at intelligentdomestications.com

2 Cook The Onions

While the crab meat is draining, begin cooking the onions on medium-high heat, stirring often.

Melt the butter in a large Dutch oven and add the chopped onions. I like to pulverize the onion in a small food chopper like this.

Cook the onions until they are just about clear, stirring often.

3 Add The Cream of Soups

Once the onions are almost clear, add the soups to the pot and stir.

After adding the soup to the onions, pour milk into the empty soup can to dislodge any remaining soup from the can and then pour it into the pot. Stir often while cooking on medium-high heat.

Crabmeat stew adding the crabmeat to the soup mixture

4 Add the crabmeat, Old Bay and Milk

Now stir in the drained crabmeat. Then add the Old Bay seasoning and stir. Add the remaining milk and bring to a low rolling boil, stirring often. 

Once the crab stew comes to a nice boil, turn the heat down to medium and allow it to simmer for a few minutes. All of the ingredients are done, you just want to get the crab stew good and hot.

Serve and enjoy!Crab Stew served in a soup bowl with oyster crackers

Serve Crab Stew with Oyster Crackers

We always enjoy oyster crackers with our Crab Stew. They go together like peanut butter and jelly. You can serve cornbread or saltine crackers if you like. 

We also enjoy heavy black pepper with our Crabmeat stew. That is a personal preference. Cracked black pepper sprinkled heavily on top is quite yummy. It’s about as close as I come to eating spicy food. 

Crabmeat Stew topped with pepper and served with oyster crackers

Crab Meat Stew is a simple and easy recipe ready to eat in under one hour.

Make this delicious comfort food soup recipe any time of the year but especially during soup season. This simple crab stew recipe is also good for potluck dinners and as the soup course for a dinner party.

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Crabmeat Stew

A warm and hearty one pot stew for crabmeat lovers. Crab bisque is a creamy and smooth flavorful seafood soup good any time of the year.
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Author Shirley Wood


  • 2 cans cream of potato soup
  • 2 cans cream of celery soup
  • 3-4 cans 6 oz. can of crabmeat, drained
  • 2 Tbsp. Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 medium onion chopped optional
  • 1/2 stick butter or margarine
  • 4-6 cups milk


  • Melt the butter in the bottom of a Dutch oven on medium high heat.
  • Add the chopped onions to the melted butter and continue cooking on medium high heat until the onions are glazed or just about clear.
  • Add in the soups and the crabmeat and stir well.
  • Pour milk into the empty soup cans and then into the Dutch oven, stir well. I fill each soup can twice, scraping the sides with a spoon to get all of the soup. (The amount of milk you use will depend on your personal preference as to how thick you want your stew)
  • Add in the Old Bay and stir well.
  • Because this is a milk base stew, you will need to stir often.
  • Continue cooking on medium high heat until the stew reaches a soft boil.
  • Turn down and simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring often.
  • Serve and enjoy!

A warm and hearty one-pot stew for crabmeat lovers. Crab bisque is a creamy and smooth flavorful seafood soup good any time of the year.

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  1. thanks for sharing this delicious recipe with us. I love crab meat although I don’t enjoy eating it with the shell still on. This recipe would be so rich in flavor – yum. thanks for sharing with us at #AnythingGoes Link up.

  2. Thanks for sharing your fabulous recipe with us this week at Foodie Fridays. Hope to see you again this week. I’m sure you’ll be cooking up something delicious!

  3. I love seafood chowder, and this looks just as delicious! I always love to see you at The Yuck Stops Here, I’m sure with your help we’ll be able to #stoptheyuck EVERYWHERE! So glad you’re my bloggy friend! HUGS

  4. I love crab – makes me think about the Caribbean and all the crab we eat there! Thank you for another easy recipe. BTW: Love the soup bowls!

    1. Colleen, you can substitute the milk for heavy cream and make it a bit thicker and creamier! Hope you will come back and tell me how you family liked it. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Yes, you must have oyster crackers and cracked black pepper with any stew! Your crabmeat stew looks so yummy. I always look forward to stews and soups when fall rolls around. And one pot meals are always welcome in my house. Great pics, too!

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