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She-Crab Soup

🦀 She-Crab Soup is a classic Southern dish celebrated for its rich flavor and unique blend of ingredients. Originating from the coastal regions of the United States, the soup features a creamy base made with butter, flour, and milk, which imparts a distinct color and briny taste. Garnished with parsley or sherry, this soup is a delightful showcase of the South's love for fresh seafood and culinary finesse.
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine American, Western
Servings 6 pax



  • 1 can lump crabmeat (+/-454gm) Kanika brand
  • 3 tbsp butter divided
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 tsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 qt whole milk
  • 100 gm crab roe or hard-cooked egg yolk
  • 1/8 tsp white pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground mace
  • 2 cups half-and-half milk
  • 1/2 cup sherry wine
  • 1 tsp table salt


  • add pinch paprika optional
  • add pinch fresh parsley optional


Step 1

  • Cook onions: Melt 1 1/2 tablespoons of the butter in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over low.
  • Add the onion, and stir-fry 3 to 4 minutes or until softened.

Step 2

  • Add flour: Add remaining butter; stir until melted. Add flour; stir and cook until onions are coated, about 1 minute.

Step 3

  • Add remaining ingredients: Stir in the milk until blended.
  • Stir in the crabmeat and roe (or yolk); add pepper and mace, and cook 20 minutes.
  • Stir in the half-and-half until heated through.
  • Remove from heat, and stir in the wine and salt.
  • Serve warm, garnished with a sprinkle or paprika, fresh parsley, and additional roe (or yolk) if desired.