Crabby Corn Chowder

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


The other day I told you about the miserably oppressive heat we’ve been having here in South Florida. What I didn’t tell you was how sluggish, listless and grumpy I’ve been feeling as a result. At least, that’s what my family tells me. I don’t usually pay much attention when Mini SGCC tells me I’m being a big meanie. She’s a teenager, so what can I say? It’s part of her job description. When Mr. SGCC gets into the act, then I know there must be something to it.

Now, I know it’s probably hard for you to believe that I’m not always the cheery, perky, charming and loveable blogger that I portray on the Internet, but dear readers, it’s true. Little Mary Sunshine, I am not. Sometimes, I am downright crabby! Crabby, crabby, CRABBY! And, running around in 95 degree heat all day long makes me even crabbier. I swear, I can actually feel pinchers growing where my fingers used to be!


Since I’m looking at another several months of this extreme weather, not to mention hurricane season, I’ve decided to embrace my crabbiness. Celebrate it, if you will. And, what better way to do it than with this deliciously creamy, smoky, sweet and spicy Crabby Corn Chowder. It’s chock full of chunky potatoes, smoky chipotles, onions, fresh sweet corn and succulent morsels of crabmeat, all swimming around in a creamy and buttery seafood broth. It’s like heaven in a bowl! Plus, the whole dish can be made in one pot in under an hour.

You can serve this chowder as a first course, but it’s substantial enough to make it a meal. Serve it alongside some crusty bread and a tossed salad and you’re all set.


My Crabby Corn Chowder didn’t make the temperature any less sweltering, but it definitely improved my mood!

Crabby Corn Chowder
(Printable Recipe)


3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
3 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 large sweet yellow onion, chopped
2 dried bay leaves
1/4 cup chili peppers in adobo sauce, pureed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
3-5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups clam juice or fish stock
4 cups half-and-half or whole milk
4 cups fresh corn kernels, scraped from the cob (frozen is okay too)
1 pound fresh lump crab meat
1/4 cup dry sherry (optional)
Hot sauce for serving (optional)


Heat a deep pot over medium heat. Add oil and butter. When butter is melted, add potatoes, celery, onion, bay leaves and chipotle peppers to the pot. Season vegetables with salt and pepper, mix well and saute until tender, about 10 minutes.

Sprinkle in flour and cook about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in clam juice and half and half and mix well.

Bring soup up to a simmer and continue to simmer for about 20 minutes, or until potatoes are soft.

Stir in corn, crab and sherry and simmer for another 5 minutes, until heated through.

Adjust the soup seasonings and remove the bay leaf. Ladle soup into bowls and top with a few dashes of hot sauce, if desired.

Serve with some crackers, crusty bread or cornbread.

Serves 6 as a first course and 4 as a main course.


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30 responses to Crabby Corn Chowder

  1. On June 24, 2009 at 1:44pm, Karina Allrich said...

    Crabby I can relate to. Especially in oppressive heat. But this chowder looks heavenly. Beautiful. Stay cool!

  2. On June 24, 2009 at 2:48pm, Snooky doodle said...

    what a nice recipe. ooks delicious. I hate summer heat too makes me feel sluggish too

  3. On June 24, 2009 at 3:58pm, Ingrid said...

    When crabbiness come in a bowl I'm all about it! MMMMM, you're absolutely right about that being heaven in bowl. I'd love one right now! Then I wouldn't have to cook myself!

  4. On June 24, 2009 at 4:10pm, Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

    What a delightful chowder! Really tasty looking!



  5. On June 24, 2009 at 4:37pm, Susan from Food Blogga said...

    It's cool where I am, so I'd love a hot bowl of crabby soup. :)

  6. On June 24, 2009 at 5:28pm, Jen of A2eatwrite said...

    This looks amazing, Susan. It's one of my D's absolute favorites (in fact, ironically, many have been posting his few fave foods today – this chowder, wonderful ribs… oh, dear, I have to check back on who had the ribs – oh! It was My Italian Grandmother), but anyway, this looks just the way crab chowder should be.

    Glad it improved your mood a bit!

  7. On June 24, 2009 at 5:28pm, Jen of A2eatwrite said...

    This looks amazing, Susan. It's one of my D's absolute favorites (in fact, ironically, many have been posting his few fave foods today – this chowder, wonderful ribs… oh, dear, I have to check back on who had the ribs – oh! It was My Italian Grandmother), but anyway, this looks just the way crab chowder should be.

    Glad it improved your mood a bit!

  8. On June 24, 2009 at 5:29pm, City Girl said...

    Looks delicious – plus it's all about embracing one's mood, right?!

  9. On June 24, 2009 at 6:40pm, The Duo Dishes said...

    You're making everyone hungry. Our fave addition to corn soup is tarragon and sundried tomatoes. So good!

  10. On June 24, 2009 at 7:07pm, Patsyk said...

    I love a nice chowder and the addition of crab would just put it over the top for me!

  11. On June 24, 2009 at 7:51pm, Bellini Valli said...

    Put a crab in the chowder and I am moving in Susan:D

  12. On June 24, 2009 at 8:05pm, Ciao Chow Linda said...

    I could go for a bowl of that crab chowder with all the cool, rainy weather we've had in the northeast. looks great.

  13. On June 24, 2009 at 10:56pm, Helene said...

    That looks so good, even during a hot day. I always love your pictures.

  14. On June 24, 2009 at 11:38pm, Coleen's Recipes said...

    What a GREAT photo! I can not imagine your heat! We actually had a heavy frost last night that almost killed my basil! We actually had ice floating in the water bucket in the garden!! That is very bizarre weather even for Alaska.

  15. On June 25, 2009 at 8:08am, cookies and cups said...

    This sounds great!! The pictures make it look even better!

  16. On June 25, 2009 at 9:53am, The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

    I'm crabby for the opposite reason. I am not getting enough sunshine and hot weather. Can you send some of the Florida weather up to NY please?

    I do love corn chowder, even if I"m not big on crabs. What can I say? I'm a Cancer. It would be like cannibalism. :-)

  17. On June 25, 2009 at 10:20am, 5 Star Foodie said...

    What a yummy bowl of chowder! The flavors with chipotle and crab sound excellent!

  18. On June 25, 2009 at 10:22am, Manggy said...

    Oh no, it's sticky, gooey, creamy, chewy, crabby accident prawn on the warpath! Look out! 😉 I'm glad your mood was improved somewhat!
    Chinese crab and corn (thickened with eggs and starch, not dairy and potatoes) is one of my absolute favorites when it's cold and stormy out. This is, like, all Westernized, but the flavors are universally awesome :)

  19. On June 25, 2009 at 10:22am, Sara said...

    Yummy yummy! I love corn soup. I can't wait for corn season to be in full swing up here in the mid Atlantic. Sweet summer corn in the best. I will be saving this recipe for when I am knee deep in fresh corn!

  20. On June 25, 2009 at 10:59am, pinkstripes said...

    Your chowder looks so delicious.

  21. On June 25, 2009 at 11:24am, Debbie said...

    Susan, I get crabby too when it's just so hot outside! Your soup looks good…please send a bowl up here!

  22. On June 25, 2009 at 1:08pm, Nina Timm said...

    The soup would have lifted my mood too, for sure!!!

  23. On June 25, 2009 at 3:22pm, Deborah said...

    The heat makes me crabby, too! This looks amazing!

  24. On June 25, 2009 at 3:56pm, Elise said...

    What? You're NOT Little Miss Mary Sunshine?

    LOL. That's what my grandmother used to call us kids when we came down for breakfast all grumpy sleepy.

    Brilliant idea of combining chipotle and crab with the corn chowder. No wonder it's taking the edge of your crabbiness!

  25. On June 25, 2009 at 4:16pm, Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

    It's been cool and raining here for weeks on end!

    I love both crab and corn so this is a perfect combination..yum!

  26. On June 28, 2009 at 9:04am, Kim said...

    This is what I need to do, embrace my crabbiness with this yummy looking chowder. It is hot here as well. Every summer, I swear that I am going to move to Maine.

  27. On June 28, 2009 at 2:33pm, Leela said...

    This chowder looks amazing – so rich yet fresh and refreshing at the same time. Definitely a bookmarker.

  28. On June 30, 2009 at 4:11am, cheap said...

    yummy !!! its really tasty looking.

  29. On July 03, 2009 at 11:07am, Wandering Chopsticks said...

    This looks so delicious. I had a blue crab and blue corn chowder once in New Orleans that was so good.

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