Corn and Crab Chowder to Warm You Up

by Pamela

Crab Corn Chowder

Crab Corn Chowder

Man can not live by sugar alone.  That’s what it has seemed like living in our house the past week and a half.  My kitchen has been wall to wall chocolate, peanut butter, sugar, nuts, more sugar and more chocolate.  Ebarrassing as this is to admit, we’ve had to do takeout a couple of nights because my stove was completely covered in some sort of Christmas candy making process.  But now I am officially done and have put all of the candy stuff away.

The weather has turned cold here in LA.  Yes, I know you’re saying “oh boo hoo,” because it dropped below 50 degrees.  But whatever, it’s still cold.  So when it turns cold, I immediately think soup.

This past summer, we went to Boston and had the most fantastic lobster corn chowder.  It was so good we went back for more the day of our flight and almost missed our plane (totally would have been worth it).  I’ve been thinking of it ever since.  Unfortunately, we just don’t get those good East Coast lobsters here.  And by the time they get flown in, they just don’t taste as fresh.  Time to improvise with crab.

Because of the eating frenzy that is the holidays, I made this soup recipe creamy but without the gallons of milk and/or heavy whipping cream.  And I’m pretty sure that most people wouldn’t even miss it.

Relationship Advice

Just because you are making something less fattening, does not give you carte blanche to rub it into your significant other that you are making it less fattening because they could stand to drop a few…get in shape…eat better.  Odds are that he/she already knows these things and doesn’t need to hear it from you – the one person that supposedly loves him/her no matter what.  They don’t need to know anything about the dish that you’ve prepared other than you have made this for them because you know that will really like it.  It should be enough that you know that you are helping them to become healthier and that you really did make it for him/her because you love them.

Constantly nit picking or referencing your significant others short comings only makes them start to dislike you.  It builds up walls between you.

Serves 4-6


  • 32 Ounces Chicken Broth
  • 2 Medium Baking Potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 3 Small Cloves Garlic (chopped fine)
  • 1 Teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/4 Cup Grated Brown Onion
  • 12 Ounces Frozen Corn Kernels
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1/4-1/2 Cup Whipping Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • 8 Ounces Crab Meat
  • Kosher Salt


In a large saucepan add the diced potatoes and garlic.  Pour in chicken stock.  Over medium high heat cook potatoes until just starting to soften (10-15 minutes).

Add Old Bay seasoning, onions, black pepper and corn to saucepan.  Stir and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Stir in cream and add butter.

Once butter melts, add crab to mixture.  Stir to thoroughly combine ingredients and leave on heat until crab is heated through.

Salt to taste.


talora January 26, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Made it tonight and it was a hit! Totally delicious. A keeper I will make again and again. Thanks!

Pamela January 27, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Hi Talora,

I’m so glad to hear that you liked the soup!

Cari Snell January 4, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Hi Pamela!

Your corn chowder looks delicious! I think I am going to have to make it for my family tonight (and ignore what I had menu planned for this evening!) I’d love to feature your recipe with photo on my site, if you are keen. Full credits and links back to your site would be provided.

Chat soon!

Caveman Cooking January 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm

This is SO on my “to do” list, Pamela! Looks awesome!!

Robert December 28, 2009 at 1:41 pm

This a great recipe, i made it and everyone love it . Thanks 🙂

Pamela December 28, 2009 at 6:25 pm

I’m glad to hear everyone liked the chowder. You just made my day! Thank you.

rebecca subbiah December 27, 2009 at 11:44 am

this looks wonderful I write for an Alaskan seafood company would you like me to feature this with a link back to you?
rebeccasubbiah at yahoo dot com

Pamela December 27, 2009 at 1:07 pm

That would be fantastic! We love Alaskan seafood. Check your e-mail.

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