The Very Best She-Crab Soup Ever!

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“I am from the South Carolina lowcountry, and I have spent years experimenting and trying to re-create the fabulous creamy crab soup native to Charleston. I have played with numerous recipes, and I am finally satisfied that I have stumbled upon the perfect concoction of she-crab bisque. More than likely, you will end up with a "he-crab" soup, as the crab roe is what makes it "she-crab" and it is almost impossible to get your hands on. If you ever find crab roe, savor every precious spoonful! Still a bowl of heaven without it though!”
4 bowls

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt 2 TBSP butter in large heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion and bay leaf, cover, sweat 2 minutes.
  2. OPTIONAL STEP: Pour 1/4 C sherry in pan and ignite. Stir until flames subside. I've made this without doing this step (hence the range in the amount of sherry on the ingredient list) and it is still delicious, but I think this just gives it a little extra oomph.
  3. Sprinkle the flour in and stir to coat.
  4. Whisk in the crab stock until there are no lumps.
  5. Gradually add: milk; cream; paprika; another 2 TBSP dry sherry; worcestershire sauce; hot sauce; white wine; and lemon, stirring consistently.
  6. Blend with a puree wand, or in batches in a blender.
  7. Add half of the crab meat and roe (if you are lucky!) Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Simmer 10-15 minutes, stirring often so it doesn't burn, until it is thick and heated.
  9. Divide 1/4 C sherry and remaining crab meat and roe amongst 4 bowls. (1 TBSP each sherry and roe and 2 oz. each crab meat).
  10. Ladle soup over sherry and crab meat.
  11. Garnish with chopped chives. Serve with crusty french bread.

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