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Crab Chowder with Corn and Celery

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Crab Chowder with Corn and Celery

Crab Chowder with Corn and Celery
Ron Manville
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Clam chowder's richer and snobbier older sister, this crab chowder is bright with fresh herbs mingled with the delicate crabmeat.

Recipe from Maine Classics by Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier/Running Press, 2011.


  • 6 ears of corn
  • 2 quarts heavy cream
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped Spanish onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 3 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chervil
  • 1/4 cup plus two tablespoons chopped chives, divided
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 16 ounces crabmeat, cleaned and picked
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomato, for garnish


  • Cut the kernels off the corn cobs (about 4 cups corn kernels) and set aside. Pour the cream into a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Place the cobs into the cream and simmer until reduced by one-fourth, about 30 minutes.
  • Remove the cobs and add the corn kernels. Cook for 4 minutes.
  • Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, and 1 teaspoon of the salt and sauté until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add to the corn and cream. Cook for 1 minute. Add the thyme, tarragon, chervil, and 2 tablespoons of the chives and cook for 5 minutes. Add the lemon juice and the remaining 2 teaspoons of salt.
  • Place half the crab in the soup and divide the remaining crab among six bowls. Divide the chowder among the six bowls, pouring it over the crab with a ladle. Garnish with the remaining 1/4 cup of chives and the chopped tomato.