Recipe: Hearty Crab Chowder

Weather around here has been lovely and spring-like, but I see that all over the U.S. much of the weather has been awful. If you’re looking for a warm winter chowder, you might be interested in trying this recipe. I always use imitation crab, but of course it would work with real crab as well. Just be sure to add the crab near the end of the cooking time so it stays together. CrabChowder I like to add fresh chopped spinach to my chowder, but if your family looks cross-eyed at greens, feel free to skip them.  The chowder is wonderful either way.  This recipe should serve 5-6 fairly generously.  

Hearty Crab Chowder

Hearty Crab Chowder

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, minced
  • 1 stick butter
  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • Fresh spinach, a couple handfuls (optional)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 T. chicken (or seafood) bouillon
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 T. cornstarch
  • 1 lb crabmeat (imitation is fine)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup green onion, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Finely chop onion. Melt the butter on medium-high heat in a large heavy pot. Add the onion and sauté until soft and translucent.
  2. While onion is cooking, peel and chop potatoes into 1/2 inch dice. Turn heat to high. Add potatoes, water and chicken bouillon to the pot, and bring to a boil.
  3. After it comes to a boil, reduce heat to medium and continue to cook until potato is soft, about 15 minutes.
  4. Chop spinach, if using, and add to the pot. Whisk cornstarch with milk, and add to pot.
  5. Cook on medium low it begins to thicken, about 5-10 minutes. Once milk has been added to the pot, you'll need to watch carefully so the chowder doesn't scald.
  6. During this time, you can mince cilantro and green onion. When chowder is thick, gently stir in cilantro, green onion, and roughly chopped crab.
  7. Season to taste, and enjoy!
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  Crab Chowder ~~~~ Interested in other recipes using imitation crab?  Try Mexican Crab Cakes and Spicy Crab Dip. And for more affordable and easy recipes of every type, check out my cookbook Family Feasts for $75 a Week

{ 5 Comments }

  1. Beth in the City says:

    This sounds so good!

  2. Great minds think alike! On Tuesday I made something very similar, except with smoked salmon I had leftover instead of crabmeat, parsley instead of cilantro and since we are gluten free I used cream cheese instead of a white sauce. I even put spinach in mine! How strange is that? I’ll bet they were very similar! I haven’t posted my recipe yet as I felt I needed to post Jambalaya for Fat Tuesday since my son spent 3 years in New Orleans getting his Law Degree and this is his first Mardi Gras to that he isn’t there.

  3. Just finished serving this for dinner. Three bites into his bowl my teenage son asks “Is there more?” His response when I said, yes, was “YEAH!” This recipe is going to be a keeper for us. I did substitute broccoli for spinach but still very tasty.

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