Crab Soup

We all do it. I mean, honestly, it's hard not to. No matter how much we plan, we all end up wasting food. That tomato, those fresh herbs, some lettuce. Whether I had forgotten or just didn't use it, I seem to have food that goes to waste.

Yesterday I decided to change that. I went to my kitchen and looked at what I had before I planned our meal. I remembered I had a pound of cooked crab that I had to use this weekend. But how? I looked in my cookbooks, but really found nothing that appealed to me. Back in the kitchen I looked again at what I had and besides the crab I had buttermilk, potatoes, carrots and parsley. I felt like I was on Chopped. I knew exactly what I would make - Crab Soup.

This super easy recipe is almost a chowder. However, by using low-fat buttermilk it's actually figure friendly, unlike many chowders. The buttermilk gives it creamy richness without all the calories.


  • 1 pound shelled cooked crab
  • 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups fat-skimmed chicken broth
  • 3 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 cup finely chopped Italian parsley
  • Salt
  • Fresh-ground pepper


  1. Peal potatoes and cut into 1/2-inch chunks.
  2. In a 4- to 5-quart pot over high heat, combine potatoes, carrots, and broth. Cover, bring to a boil, and cook until potatoes and carrots are tender when pierced, 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Lower the heat.
  4. Slowly add buttermilk to pot and stir until hot, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Add crab, mixing gently for a minute or so.
  6. Season to taste with salt and fresh cracked pepper.
  7. Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with parsley.
  8. Serve with sour dough or crusty bread.


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Joey and I are just a couple of guys living in San Francisco. I love cooking and we both like trying new things. Planning our meals is one of our "together" things. I hope you enjoy our blog! - Sean


This blog is dedicated to the two most important people in my life - my mom, Ernee Jean O'Brien, and my partner Joey Concepcion. They both have showered me with unconditional support and love and have always encouraged me to be myself. I will always miss my mom and I don't know what I would do without Joey.

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