Crab Cake Chowder

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

This thick and creamy chowder recipe has all the flavors of a crab cake right in a bowl!



  • 1 pound crab claw meat
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup bell peppers, chopped (you can use any color you like)
  • 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup white wine

For the Topping

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning


  1. Add the olive oil to a large pot over medium heat. Add the potatoes, onion, celery and bell peppers. Stir, and then season with salt, pepper, cayenne and the Old Bay.
  2. Let cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes until the potatoes begin to get soften.
  3. Carefully pour in the wine and let it reduce down for a minute.
  4. Next add in the chicken stock and the Worcestershire sauce, stir and let simmer with the lid partially covered for 20 minutes.
  5. In a a large bowl or measuring cup, combine the milk and the cream.
  6. Whisk the flour into the milk and cream mixture until it’s well combined and there are no lumps.
  7. Remove the lid after the 20 minutes, and slowly pour in the milk and cream mixture, whisking as you go.
  8. Bring the chowder back up to a boil and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Gently stir the crab into the chowder.
  9. While the soup is simmering, make the panko topping by melting the butter in a skillet and then adding the breadcrumbs, thyme and Old Bay Seasoning. Stir to coat all the breadcrumbs with the butter and cook until just browned.
  10. Serve the chowder in bowls with the breadcrumb topping as garnish.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American