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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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.
- Canned Crabmeat, like this
- Cream of Celery Soup, this one
- Cream of Potato Soup, this one
- Old Bay Seasoning, buy it on Amazon
- Black Pepper, I prefer this brand
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
- 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.
More Homemade Soup Recipes
- Southern Style Cabbage Soup
- Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice Recipe
- Easy Homemade Vegetable Soup
- Easy White Beans And Ham Soup
- Minestrone Soup Gluten Free Version with Quinoa and White Beans
- Country Style 15 Bean Soup Made From Scratch
- Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Easy Recipe
Love that this is quick and simple! Looks and sounds like good old comfort food!
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.
thanks for the party and the yummy recipe pinned and will definitely add to my to do list have a great day
Crab meat stew looks delicious thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop. pinning.
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!
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
Yummmmmm! Looks delish!
Hi! Stopping by from Mom Bloggers Club. Great blog!
Have a nice day!
Thank you Veronica. Glad you stopped by and commented! Please come back again!
I’ve never tried this but sounds and looks delicious, perfect when soup season comes around again. I love the oyster crackers with a lot of my soup, too!
Glad you stopped by Bernadyn and hope you enjoy the stew! I’d love to hear about it when you make it.
That looks yummy – my husband would LOVE! (Now to wait until the 90-degree temps are gone so we can enjoy it properly!) And I LOVE those soup mugs.
I love those soup mugs! My husband laughs at me about them but I think they are cool! So ready for the summer heat to become nice Fall breezes!
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!
I’ve never been to the Caribbean but it sure sounds nice to me! It sure is an easy recipe, hope you get to try it out soon. Thanks!
Looks delicious. I love a good Crabmeat stew but don’t usually make it myself. This looks quick and easy enough to try myself.
Thank you for stopping by Erica! I hope you get to make it and come back and tell m about it!
This looks so yummy! I love thick, creamy soups in the fall. I’ll definitely be making this one soon!
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.
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!
Alli, you are I are sisters from another time! We have so very much in common! Oyster crackers and black peppers are essential, that is for sure!