Quick Crab Stew

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Quick Crab Stew Quick Crab Stew Recipe Courtesy of

Creamy and rich with lots of crab - but not a lot of work

Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Difficulty: Easy

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Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup dry sherry
1 lb claw crabmeat, picked free of any broken shells
1   soup can half-and-half
1   soup can milk
1   (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of celery soup
1   (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of potato soup
1   small onion, chopped
2 tablespoon butter





In a large saucepan, melt the butter and saute the onion until translucent, 3 to 4 minutes.  Add the soups, milk, and half-and-half. Add the crabmeat and bring just to a boil. Add the sherry, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately. Or allow to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate or freeze immediately in plastic microwavable reusable containers with lids.

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Reader Comments:


I've made this crab stew recipe several times and there is never any leftovers. It is perfect for cold winter weather.

By Ginger on January 29, 2014


This is so delicious and easy, make it whenever I can afford fresh crab. The best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Carol Jones on December 27, 2013


You remiend me of my mom she is so sweet and kind just like you are one of theses days I would love to meet you and your family

By andrea on October 24, 2013


Sooooo sooo sooo good!!! Can't wait to make it again for this winter. I am in LOVE with your cooking!!!

By Sabrina Nickens on October 03, 2012


This was very good and easy....my husband suggested sprinkling some old bay on it....perfect addition!

By Shann Cohrs on September 25, 2012


My family of 18 came to town for a reunion, and I was in charge of dinner the first night. I wanted to serve something simple, tasty, and full of seafood. I served this stew with crab salad sandwiches and it was a MAJOR hit! Almost everybody went back for seconds. I had to double the recipe but everybody LOVED it! I passed along the recipe and I'm sure this is going to become a family favorite! Thanks for the help Paula!!!

By Tonya on July 10, 2012


Cooking is not one of my favorite things to do, but I must say that this is one of the easiest, tastiest recipes! I cooked it last night and my family really enjoyed it. I'm kind of lactose intolerant and thought the milk in it would cause me some problems, but it didn't. I will try it again and add my own twist to it, maybe some shrimp.

By Lydia on March 14, 2012


I am have company for lunch in a week or so and this will be on my menu. It sounds so easy and not too much time to prepare. Thanks Paula.

By lillylane on January 26, 2012


I'm a college student away from home so I try to save money by cooking myself. I absolutley love this recipe. It's simple, quick, and so tasty!

By Miranda P on November 17, 2011


Super simple and really delicious. We NEVER finish a pot of soup in one meal..This pot is empty..no leftovers for lunch tommorrow..bummer!

By mgolixer on August 22, 2011


Hi, Paula i love watching your show i am only 13 am your recipes are so simple for me to make i love the way they turn out I'm usually not that great at make other cooks recipes but yours always taste great and are really great.

By Ashley Skambraks on July 06, 2011


I've been searching for this recipe since I ate at Lady and Sons (Most amazing restaurant) and now, I honestly cannot wait to make it! I need to run up to my store- RIGHT NOW!

By Anne-Marie on June 30, 2011


My family calls this Tin Can Chowder and the possibilities are endless. Sometimes I use shrimp, sometimes a combination of shrimp and crab meat. It might include a can of carrots, or corn or kitchen cut green beans. I always use chopped sweet Vidalia Onions, and celery. With Campbell's cream of everything soups, the flavors change with my moods. Round out the meal with a salad and cornbread.

By Joyce Potter on June 22, 2011


My husband and daugther LOVE this soup! I've made it 3 times in 2 weeks.I made it for my sister who was here for Christmas,She wanted the recipe! Thanks so much Paula, K. Ray

By Karen Ray on January 02, 2011


great dish---try oysters instead of crab---the best

By Anonymous on March 10, 2010


The family can't get enough- I changed the crab meat for oysters-what a treat--give it a try

By Anonymous on March 10, 2010


This was quick, easy and great. Rich but not too rich. Very filling and tasted like it came from a fine restaurant. You must try this

By Anonymous on February 25, 2010


Great stew. Very easy and fast. I usually add some Old Bay also.

By Anonymous on December 05, 2009


This is absolutly the BEST recipe ever!It takes about 10 minutes and tastes delicious! My entire family begs me to cook this! Im only 22 and they are very impressed when I cook this for them! Trust me, try it!

By Anonymous on November 11, 2009

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