Corn and Crab Chowder

Total Time:
30 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan in a slow stream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 all-purpose potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 bay leaf, fresh or dried
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning blend, found near seafood department or, on spice aisle in your market
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken stock or broth
  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 3 cups corn kernels, scraped fresh from the cob or, frozen kernels
  • 8 ounces cooked lump crab meat, fresh is available in plastic tubs at many fish counters
  • 4 small bread boules, 6 inches, hollowed out, preferably sour dough, optional
  • Toppings:
  • Oyster crackers
  • Hot cayenne pepper sauce
  • Sliced scallions
Directions

Heat a deep pot over moderate heat. Add oil and butter. As you chop your veggies, add them to the pot: potatoes, celery, onion, and red bell pepper. Add bay leaf to the pot. Season vegetables with salt and pepper and Old Bay seasoning. Saute veggies 5 minutes, then sprinkle in flour. Cook flour 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in broth and combine. Stir in milk and combine. Bring soup up to a bubble. Add corn and crab meat and simmer soup 5 minutes. Adjust the soup seasonings. Remove bay leaf. Ladle soup into bread bowls or soup bowls and top with oyster crackers, hot sauce and sliced scallions.


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Amazing add a teaspoon of Sirachi and it adds the perfect kick! item not reviewed by moderator and published
A hit with everyone. I had too many potatoes in the house so I decided to try this recipe. EXCELLENT, very easy to make. I didn't have the shrimp but I got to tell you it was full of flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really tasty! Made exactly as stated but added a diced shallot I had on hand (in addition to the onion, used 12oz of lump crab meat (my store only sold 6oz packs and used about 2TB of Old Bay. Could not be easier or more tasty.... I let mine simmer for a while to thicken up as it was a little too "loose" for a chowder but otherwise - spot on! Try it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic recipe, full of taste. I followed the recipe exactly and didn't make any modifications. I will definitely make it again. The only thing I could imagine making this recipe better is crumbled bacon...everything tastes better with bacon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We followed this recipe exactly as it says and this was the best chowder we've ever made! Thank you for sharing We've already recommended this recipe to friends and family. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty. Did not have Old Bay Seasoning on hand, but used another seafood seasoning instead. Not as thick as I would like a soup to be. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is one of our family's favorites, really easy to make and so much flavor!! I usually use the frozen corn kernels too, and sometimes substitute chopped shrimp for the crabmeat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a REALLY easy recipe!! I love the kick that the Old Bay seasoning gives it. I usually make it at double the recipe - very scaleable. I use frozen corn kernals with no problem. I doubled the crabmeat and split the whole milk between fat-free mild and fat-free half and half. Comes out nice and creamy but cuts back on the calories. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Have been making this a few years, just as the recipe is written. Plan to serve it to family crowd visiting over Christmas. My son loves this, and me too. Easy, yet special ~ and great on a cold day. Oh yes, have even subbed the 'fake' stuff in a pinch, still pretty good, but real crab is fabulous. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent item not reviewed by moderator and published
I substituted carrots for the celery but added a bit of celery seed to make up for it. Used fat free half and half in place of the whole milk. Added some bacon too. Overall thought this was very good and would make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Every year my family has a soup cook off and I decided to try this recipe and people loved it! Needless to say my wife and I won the cook off, I would absolutely recommend this to anyone. But add little more bay seasoning, and butter and then you get to see your entire families o face! 5 stars item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup is a regular in our fall/winter rotation- a football Saturday favorite! We too use Trader Joe's Fire Roasted frozen corn. We also use two red peppers, new potatoes and a touch more Old Bay. Oyster crackers, scallions and Frank's hot sauce really finish it off. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup was good as is, however I did add add a couple things. First I cooked some diced up bacon and then cooked the vegetables in the bacon fat. And at the end I added a bit of cayenne pepper to spice it up. I also used Trader Joe's Fire Roasted Corn instead of regular corn. The thickness of the soup was perfect, but like another reviewer said I made them 3 heaping tablespoons of flour instead of level tablespoons. Once again Rachael Ray made another gread recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thought it was pretty good, for a quickie chowder. The next time I made it I kicked it a little with 1/4 lb. of cooked and minced pancetta and chorizo. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! Easy to make! item not reviewed by moderator and published
On Sunday, 8/14, my husband and I saw RR cooking up this recipe and decided to give it a try. Let me tell you....I'm impressed. It was so delicious and hearty. However, I substituted a few items for taste. Instead of whole milk, I used heavy cream. I didn't have chicken stock so I heated up 2 cups of water and added 4 chicken bullions. Also, instead of EVOO, I used the fat from bacon I cooked in microwave. For those who are health conscious, it will probably be better to stick to ingredients RR used. Overall, I rate this recipe 4 stars. item not reviewed by moderator and published
very good recipe and easy. I added some shredded carrots and also used fat free 1/2 mixed with 1% milk to make lower fat. Also doubled the crab. excellant recipe. For those that say bland... spice it up!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
holy crap it was bland item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was excellent. This is my second time making it. I have had no problem with the thickness or the potatoes cooking in the allotted time. Make sure the potatoes are diced not cubed. I used heaped tablespoons of flour which will help with the thickness. This time I used the meat and tomalley from the bodies of 6 chicken lobsters which I picked completely clean. This was even better than making it with crab. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Used a big can of crab from Trader Joes and added some extra flour to thicken it up -- perfect! I also used canned corn, worked fine. Enjoy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy! This is a great cold day soup! I doubled the crab meat and glad I did- got crab in every spoonful. I also didn't use the whole quart of milk. I think a can of super sweet corn would work just as well. Husband loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't like it at all, but my husband thought it was pretty good. It just didn't have a lot of flavor, even after I dr up. item not reviewed by moderator and published
THE FLAVOR WAS GOOD BUT A BIT TO THIN FOR A CHOWDER MORE LIKE A SOUP, I WILL MAKE IT THICKER NEXT TIME! item not reviewed by moderator and published
very good, but the crab i used was a little strong so i added 1 cup of heavy cream and that did it just right. mellow crab and the thickness i wanted. Thanks Rachel item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super delicious and very easy!!!! Will be making this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a delicious recipe. I of course, tweeked it to the taste of our family. I add about twice as much Old Bay seasoning. I make this recipe A LOT during the winter months. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great soup with a few modifications! I read the reviews before making this and precooked the potatoes before putting them in the pot. I think this really helped. I also used hot sauce for seasoning and spice. Instead of using the full 2 cups of stock, I cut it with some cream sherry. I also substituted the whole milk with fat free half and half since some reviews said the soup was too thin. It turned out so well my husband who hates seafood loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This chowder was good but really rich. item not reviewed by moderator and published
LOVED this recipe, but I also made a few modifications. I skipped the potatoes and added in broccoli and cauliflower instead. Also, my favorite modification was the addition of a garlic herb goat cheese - definitely made the chowder a little richer! All in all - loved it. Will definitely share with friends and make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Because so many people here commented about chowder being too thin, I skipped the milk and used a pint of half and half and also a can of creamed corn. I baked the potatoes in the microwave and when they were cool, cut them into chunks and added them to the chowder towards the end of the cooking time. I used a pound of crabmeat and 3 ears of corn kernels. Served it in individual bread bowls - we all agreed the recipe (with minor changes) is a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree with others about the potato. You need to make sure the dice is very small like the onion to ensure it is cooked or partial cook in the microwave first. I used 2% milk with the same richness. Jumbo lump crabmeat makes a huge difference in texture. Don't skimp and use backfin crabmeat. This is a soup favorite. item not reviewed by moderator and published
One of my daughter's doesn't like crab so I made this with chicken and added some bacon, but made everything else according to the recipe. It was a little thinner than I would have wanted but by the time we were done eating, the leftovers in the pan were the perfect consistency. So if you have the time, just leave it in the pan for a few minutes and it will thicken up a little. Regardless, the taste was out of this world. Both of my elementary school aged children raved about how much they loved it, and believe me that doesn't always happen. It amazes me that this much flavor can be achieved in 30 minutes. We will making this again and again. Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this a few times since seeing it in 2005. The first couple of times I noticed that Rachael's 'cooking the vegetables in the pan' method to save time on simmering works for everything except the potatoes, which just don't fully cook by this method. Either boil the potatoes for a few minutes first, or use canned diced potatoes. Or just simmer longer until they are cooked. And really, this soup CAN be made in 30 minutes ... but no hot soup made that fast is as good as one that has been simmering. The other tip for those that live near a Trader Joes is to use a base of their Creamy Corn Soup (just a base of thickened corn soup, no veggies or spices) instead of broth + milk. I did the math and this is MUCH lighter on the calories. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used a can of diced potatoes instead of chopping them myself since it saves time and money. I also added the cayenne pepper in. MMMMM LOVE IT!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very yummy! Added garlic and used shrimp instead of crab because it's what I had! item not reviewed by moderator and published
When I was cooking my veggies, I added some garlic to give it some deeper flavor. I also added hot sauce as I was cooking it to add to the flavor. It was great, but something is still missing. May try to add some fresh herbs to awaken the flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OK...let's see, doubled red pepper, used skim milk, then added heavy cream 1/2 pint. Diced Serrano pepper (beware day 3). Oh, and double veg. stock. Oh, and used "creme" corn, helped to thicken. Fantastic contrast in taste. Used wife's bread bowl recipe... absolutely wonderful. Will do again....and again..... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made the soup with the specified quantities. This is my first time so not sure what to expect. The flavor is good but the soup is a bit thin for a chowder, I think. Not sure if that's the way it should be. I'm thinking of adding some corn starch to thicken it. I already used twice the amount of crab meat but I think it'll be even better with more crab meat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made this, and it's too good! I had to use a ready pack of claw meat, and I added shrimp. I left out the celery, used 2.5tbsp old bay and 1tbsp essence, added 2 oz cream cheese, 1 extra tbsp of flour, and 2 more tsp butter, used 1/4 less liquid....and it's perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I will definitely make this again. I will make it thicker and add more pepper to make it spicier!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We have made this recipe so many times and it's delicious. It's been a part of our Christmas meal for years and is a huge hit. Of course, the seasoning can be adjusted to your taste, but you don't want the crab to be overshadowed . On occasion we add shrimp at the very end of cooking. We've even used the base of this recipe for other chowder recipes. I'm a big fan of Rachael's recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The prep for this chowder is not as easy as it should be, but that's if you use FRESH ingredients. I purchased crabs from Costco so shelling out the meat took some time and cutting corn from the cob took time too. But, I think it made the difference in flavor compared to what other reviewers have said. I also did not have Old Bay seasoning, so I used Emiril's Essence instead to give it a kick. Added 2 tablespoons of heavy cream to thicken the soup a bit as well. But altogether, it is an excellent filling and flavorful soup. My roommate and I liked it so much that we had two big bowls each (not recommended!), just keep the rest for the next day, otherwise you'll feel too stuffed! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love Rachael Ray and really wanted this recipe to be good but it was only so-so. Fair amount of effort for lackluster taste. Added more spice but still didn't have a lot of flavor. Needed to add more crab as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not very good! Did not have a lot of flavor! Everyone else seems to love it, but I just don't understand why! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this recipe a few times and each time I do something different to it. One time I replaced the crab with cubed smoked turkey (elliminate the Old Bay seasoning); one time I roasted the corn (in a 450 degree oven for 10 - 15 minutes) before adding. This is a simple, delicious, versatile and filling cool-weather dinner -- yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great simple winter dish. I simmer the chowder til the potatoes are almost tender, before I add the milk. This seems to help thicken it. As is the use of whole milk or half and half. Others may be, but I am not always concerned with calories or fat when I cook. Use a super sweet variety of corn. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe!!! Added a few cloves garlic and a jalapeno for a little heat. Wonderful flavor!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I doubled this recipe and used a full box of corn muffin mix to make the chowder a thicker consistency. Adding 2 extra tablespoons of Old Bay ( I am from MD ). Also a pinch of crushed red pepper to eliminate some of the sweetness. Frozen corn worked great along with a few different types of crab meat. I love this recipe for fall and winter. It is enough for a meal. I didn't use the bread bowls, but cornbread went well along with this filling chowder! If you enjoy a spicy twist use some J&O spice in place of Old Bay. It has more black pepper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this meal many times and my husband and kids love it! It is even better the next day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a very good and easy recipe. I substituted shrimp for the crab meat - added precooked shrimp 15 minutes before serving. I also put in 1/3 to 1/2 box of corn muffin mix to the chowder to help thicken it up. Try making this in early afternoon so that the flavors have more time to come together. This will definitely be a fall & winter favorite in my house! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is really good and easy to make! I buy the veggies already chopped up and that makes life eaiser! I like to eat it the next day to allow the flavors to marry! It's really good on a nice cold day! A+ item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this with scallops, shrimp and crab for a seafood chowder. I substituted fat-free half & half and skim milk. This is delicious and easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Flavor and taste-It was a good chowder and a great recipe. It gives you room to add in a little more spice (which I recomend) and make it as thick as you would like it. The only thing is that it took me more than 30 minutes to make it. The potatoes were a little hard after they cooked, for me, so I let mine go for another half hour or so and it came out great! Even better the next day! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This "chowder" is more like a soup than a chowder. It was a confused mess of flavor and texture that my family strongly disliked. The only upside to this recipe is how quickly it comes together, but even this little effort isn't worthwhile. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i've made this both for work and for my son's birthday party for the adults and it was a hit both times. i will come back to this soup again and again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i loved this soup item not reviewed by moderator and published
This chowder is not only fantastic, it is quite healthy using skim milk...but then I usually eat too much of it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loves this chowder. Getting ready to make a big pot of it to eat over the holidays. item not reviewed by moderator and published
absolutely awesome..with or without the bread bowl. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was really good! I did not serve in the bread bowl. Also, I used slightly less milk (perhaps 3/4 quart instead of the full quart). I used sweet white corn (frozen--easier) and it all turned out really great. I highly recommend this one. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am new to the whole cooking thing and this was very easy. It was also wonderful! My whole family loved it. I added additional crab and more old bay than it called for and it was great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good, but potatoes weren't as fully cooked as I wanted them to be. I'd maybe parboil those next time before following the rest of the recipe. To make the recipe a bit healthier, I used skim milk but added more flour to regain the thickness - it worked well. A good recipe when you have extra crab to use up, but not my favorite and I don't think I'll be craving this anytime soon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I got several comments that this chowder was something you'd expect to get in a fine dining establishment. While I'm not much of a "soup" person, I have to say that I love this chowder. This recipe is soooo easy...the only time consuming aspect is the chopping of vegetables. Other than that, it is a true breeze to whip up. I made it with just a few minor changes....I used frozen corn, but added a can of cream corn and I also added a splash of white wine when I added the chicken stock. I also used whatever my fish department had of the fresh crab (which was backfin) and it turned out great. Will definitely be making again as fall approaches. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found this recipe to be very easy to make and it didnt take a lot of time to make! Definately a good choice! item not reviewed by moderator and published
When the corn is in season and the crab legs go on sale...this is a winner! The only changes I suggest are to add a bit more crab and more flour to thicken it up a bit more, even so, it's a bit runny, but it IS better than the full-cream versions. Shake some cayanne in for a nice finish. Better the next day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup is easy to make with basic ingredients. It does not require a long cooking time. The crab flavor is very prominant. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is such an easy soup yet so YUMMY! It's great to make for you family or for guests. It makes a great impression and seems like you worked so hard on it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This chowder was my first to make, and while it tasted amazing it definitely needed 10 more minutes to cook the potatoes all the way through. every one who tried it loved it!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to prepare and great for entertaining. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So basically you chop up some veggies, throw them in a pot, and you have chowder. Really tasty and super easy. I made it for my boyfriend and he loved it. I added some red pepper for more spice and it was delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was ok....I like a thicker chowder this was thin and a little bland. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made mine from stone crab clusters rather than buying the pre-done crab. It took a lot longer, so I don't think I'll do that again, but the picky husband loved this soup! I thought it was great too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a tasty quick meal. We loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
All the guys that I live with LOVED these recipe, but for me, I don't know what it was, but I was not a fan of the sweetness in this chowder. It wasn't bad by any means, but it won't be something that I will make for myself. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Being an unexpirienced cook, I always look for the recipies labeled "easy"... and sometimes I don't expect them to be "Great." However, this Corn and Crab Chowder was quick, easy and a crowd pleaser!! It tasted just like my favorite chowder from a really espensive seafood resturant! I highly reccommend it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is excellent chowder!!! I cooked it a bit longer as it took a little time to get the potatoes completely cooked. Well worth the wait. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I served crab legs at a dinner party and had leftovers. I was searching for an easy recipe that would taste good and didn't require a trip to the store. This recipe allowed me to feed my family of four and I have enough leftover for lunch for two tomorrow. Excellent dish- my daughter loved it and she doesn't care for crab at all. Yumm- Yumm! FYI- my husband gets heartburn so I substitued 2 carrots instead of the bell pepper. Try this one it will be a big hit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved this simple and delicious recipe! I follwed exactly and it was a hit. Next time i think I will add some pepper bacon for a little smokey kicked up flavor. Thanks, Rach! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this easy chowder (my first chowder to make ever!). I substituted 2 cans of creamed corn with wonderful results. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this last night for my husband and some of his friends and I got rave reviews! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this tonight, and while it was good, it was not wonderful. Not as much flavor as I expected. I could only get canned crab at the store, so that may have been part of the problem. But my husband and I both l felt we could have left out the crab and it would not have changed the taste that much. That said, it would be a nice corn chowder. Or perhaps to use shrimp. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I couldnt find and easy chowder recipe, so I of course looked to Rachel and thought this one would serve me well, and It did! The shrimp instead of corn made it yummo! And I used "what I had in the fridge" for the milk..just used heavy cream with 2%milk and It came out perfect!! Thank you Rach! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Even my daughter who doesn't like soup loves this one. We made one small change because of shell fish allergy. We dropped the Old Bay seasoning, diced up chicken breast and sauted it with the veggies. In a pinch, we found that canned chicken put in at the same time as the corn works great. Yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup tasted so great even with some minor adjustments I had to make to meet my husband's kidney-friendly diet. (non-dairy creamer instead of milk, no old bay seasoning, only reduced sodium chicken broth, etc.) This is the first good tasting soup that he has been able to enjoy since his diagnosis with kidney disease...THANKS RACHAEL! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a bit thin for us, but easily thickened by cutting back on the liquid. I used the meat from king crab legs and it was excellent. I thought the spice was just enough. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had this recently while vacationing with family in Maryland. It is awesome! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow! I fixed this today it was awesome, easy to prepare, I added a pound of shrimp along with the crab, used half and half for half of the milk, was the best chowder i have ever had this is a true keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loves this recipe! We used to go to a restaurant in Gulfport, Florida especially for Corn & Crab Chowder, but since discovering this superior recipe, we make it at home for 1/3 the cost and the service is incredibly better!! We also add a little extra flour for thickening, as well as extra Old Bay for that added kick. We omit the bell peppers, but add Hungarian paprika for a nice flavor boost. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this recipe is so easy and comes out perfect every time. Great for a cold winter night or entertaining. My friend owns a seafood restaurant and they have put this soup on their menu. The best! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made a few changes to the recipe after reading some of the other reviews. I upped the spices, but cut back on the liquid, using about a half quart of half and half instead of the whole milk (I didn't have it on hand). I also smushed it a bit with my potato masher, since the potatoes (which were diced pretty little) didn't seem to want to cook quickly. In all, hubby gave it two thumbs up. Enjoy this one! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Had no problem with this recipe. It was completely easy and totally delicious. Everyone in the family loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very nice and perfect level of spicyness for all. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have prepared this recipe at least twice a month for the last year since it is so simple and tasty. It is also wonderful left over. I normally make it with shrimp rather than crab, since it is on sale more often. I also add more bayleaves because the flavor is just wonderful. This recipe is by far the best 30 minute or longer meal I've used. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Even though I'm a stay-at-home mommy, it doesn't mean I want to be stuck in the kitchen! This is a very simple meal to make. I love to cook, but I'm not really good at it. But with recipes like this...I'm my family's hero! BTW Rachel Ray is off the hook! Yum Ms. Hawaii item not reviewed by moderator and published
This chowder was yummy-my only complaint was it was a bit runny (maybe add more flour for thickening or use less milk). Otherwise, good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw Rachel make this receipe 2wks ago and decided to try it myself. My husband thought we were having guest for dinner. He loved it so much I'm making it again tonite. It's fast, different, and very flavorful. I watch Rachel every day and she is always cooking up wonderful ideas. She takes most of the ingredients I have on hand and combine them into wonderfully easy dishes I can make myself without burning down the house. This receipe is a must try. It's too easy to mess up and the prep/cook time works with my family's busy schedule. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Would be better without crab as it was fishy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the first user friendly crab chowder I have come across. Everyone was very pleased with the outcome; very tasty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a great soup and so easy. My husband thought I cheated and bought it from a restaurant. My kids who aren't big crab eaters ate it up too. I had to hide the leftovers for my husband in the back of the refrigerator for dinner! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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