Crab and Corn Chowder Recipe

It is still technically summer and we often don’t want to accept what season is rounding the corner, but with the cooler days lately, thoughts may turn to soup. By combining some of summer’s fresh veggie favorites such as sweet corn into a soup, the two seasons can come together nicely during this in-between time offering a taste of summer with a warming effect for the touch of fall in the air.

Seafood chowders were originally made by the people who harvested the seafood using very few ingredients, notes Leslie Glover Pendleton, the author of Simply Shellfish, who contributed this recipe to Real Food. Clams, oysters, or fish were combined with milk and thickened with bread.This chowder may seem thin compared to the flour-thickened chowders to which we’ve become accustomed, she says, but the thinner base allows the flavors of fresh crab and summer vegetables to dominate. 

Crab and Corn Chowder 

Makes About 8 cups 

3 ears cooked fresh corn on the cob
2 cups peeled and diced boiling potatoes (about 3 medium)
1 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups bottled clam juice 
12 cup water
1 green bell pepper, chopped 
112 teaspoons ground cumin 
1 bay leaf
2 cups milk 
12 pound fine-quality crabmeat 
14 cup chopped basil leaves 

Cut corn kernels from cobs and, using the back side of the knife, scrape corn pulp from cobs and reserve. 

Heat oil and butter in a large heavy saucepan over moderate heat. Add potatoes and onion and cook, stirring, until potatoes can be mashed with a fork, about 10 minutes. Using a fork, mash about half of the potatoes. 

Add corn, clam juice, water, green pepper, cumin and bay leaf. Simmer mixture, stirring, for 5 minutes. Add milk, crabmeat, and basil, and heat chowder until it just comes to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

Nutrition info (per serving): Calories 203 (77 from fat); Fat 9g (sat. 3g); Chol 41mg; sodium 259mg; Carb 24g; Fiber 3g; Protein 10g 

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Mary Subialka is the editor of Real Food and Drinks magazines, covering the flavorful world of food, wine, and spirits. She rarely meets a chicken she doesn’t like, and hopes that her son, who used to eat beets and Indian food as a preschooler, will one day again think of real food as more than something you need to eat before dessert and be inspired by his younger brother, who is now into trying new foods.