Delicious and Nutritious Maryland Crab Soup Recipe

Are you looking for a hearty and tasty soup that will warm you up on a cold day? Look no further than my Maryland Crab Soup with a Touch of Scotch Recipe! This soup is packed with the rich and savory flavors of crab meat, onions, and a touch of scotch whisky, creating the perfect blend of comfort and sophistication.

As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I have long been enamored with crab soup recipes. However, I wanted to put my own unique twist on this classic dish by adding a touch of scotch whisky, giving it an added depth and complexity that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

But this recipe isn’t just about the taste – it’s also gluten-free, making it accessible to anyone with dietary restrictions. Additionally, this recipe can be easily customized with alternative ingredients or variations depending on your preferences.

So why not give my Maryland Crab Soup with a Touch of Scotch Recipe a try? It’s the perfect recipe for anyone looking for a delicious comfort-food option that’s both easy to make and packed full of flavor.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Maryland Crab Soup With a Touch of Scotch!
Maryland Crab Soup With a Touch of Scotch!

Are you a seafood fanatic looking for the perfect hearty soup that will tantalize your taste buds? Look no further than this recipe for Maryland Crab Soup with a touch of Scotch. This soup will satisfy your craving with its creamy texture and delicate flavors that come together to create an unforgettable experience.

The combination of butter, onions, and parsley gives this soup a classic, comforting aroma that will immediately transport you to the East Coast. The rich flavor enhanced with a touch of Scotch whisky provides a unique twist to the traditional crab soup recipe, making it an instant hit. The addition of old bay seasoning will make this soup incredibly flavorful, giving it the desired kick to meet any appetite.

The delicious blend of milk and heavy cream in this recipe creates a smooth and creamy consistency that you won’t be able to resist. Paired with lump crab meat, it’s a match made in heaven! This dish is also gluten-free, making it the perfect meal for those who have food sensitivities or allergies.

You’ll love how simple and easy this recipe is to follow, allowing you to enjoy restaurant-quality soup from the comfort of your own home. It’s perfect for when you need something quick and satisfying without compromising flavor or quality.

This recipe is not only delicious but versatile as well, offering an array of substitutions and variations. You can add blue cheese crumbles or herb-crusted crostini on top to take it up a notch. It can also be served as a starter or as the main course for any seafood-inspired feast.

Overall, Maryland Crab Soup with a touch of Scotch is the perfect choice if you’re in search of something quick, hearty, and satisfying. With its incredible flavors and versatile options, there’s no doubt that you’ll fall in love with this recipe after just one spoonful!

Ingredient List

 Dive into the flavor-packed world of Maryland Crab Soup
Dive into the flavor-packed world of Maryland Crab Soup

Let’s dive in and talk about the ingredients necessary to create this Maryland Crab Soup that packs a punch with a touch of Scotch!

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium-sized onions, finely chopped
  • 3 oz of parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1 can of Maryland crab soup
  • 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream
  • 1 cup of whole or skimmed milk
  • 2 teaspoons of Old Bay seasoning
  • A pinch of freshly ground black pepper and salt
  • One pound of fresh lump crab meat
  • 1/2 cup of quality Scotch whisky, preferably from Scotland

These ingredients are readily available at your local grocery store. If you cannot find Maryland crab soup, you can substitute it with a similar-tasting brand. In terms of the Scotch, use any brand that you prefer – just make sure to choose one that has a touch of sweet-toned vanilla for optimal results.

The Recipe How-To

 Scotch adds a smoky kick to this seafood favorite
Scotch adds a smoky kick to this seafood favorite

Let’s get cracking! To make this tasty Maryland Crab Soup with a Touch of Scotch, follow these easy steps:


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 oz onions, chopped
  • 1 1/2 pints chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 pints heavy cream
  • 3 oz milk
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Scotch whisky
  • Parsley for garnish

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add onions to the pot and cook until translucent. Stir occasionally.
  3. Add chicken broth, heavy cream, and milk to the pot. Turn up the heat and bring it to a simmer.
  4. Once the soup is simmering, add Old Bay seasoning, black pepper, and salt to taste.
  5. Allow the soup to simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Add lump crab meat to the pot and let cook for another five minutes.
  7. Slowly stir in the Scotch whisky and let cook for an additional two minutes.

Now that your creamy crab soup with a touch of scotch is fully cooked, it’s time to serve!

Substitutions and Variations

 Savor each spoonful of hearty vegetables and succulent crab meat
Savor each spoonful of hearty vegetables and succulent crab meat

Let’s face it, cooking is an art, and every artist puts their own spin on the recipe. Here are a few substitutions and variations that will help you put some pizzazz into your Maryland Crab Soup with a Touch of Scotch!

If you’re feeling adventurous, try swapping out the lump crab meat for shredded conch or shrimp. You can also add some shrimp to the mix to create a seafood gumbo-style soup.

If you’re not in the mood for Scotch, don’t fret! You can substitute it with a dry white wine or vodka for a lighter touch. But for those who want the scotch fantasy, I recommend using single malt Scotch whisky for a rich and earthy flavor.

If you’re looking for a creamier lobster bisque style soup, try adding extra heavy cream or milk. Just be sure to use gluten-free products if you’re cooking for anyone with dietary restrictions.

If you’re feeling cheesy, add crumbled blue cheese to the top of your Maryland Crab Soup for an added layer of creaminess and depth of flavor. Or sprinkle fresh parsley over top for a pop of color and freshness.

Lastly, if you want to go all out, add some Old Bay Crab Cake bites on top of your soup for a true Baltimore experience.

The sky’s the limit when it comes to substitutions and variations! Experiment with different ingredients and make this creamy crab soup recipe your own.

Serving and Pairing

 Get adventurous with this zesty twist on a classic recipe
Get adventurous with this zesty twist on a classic recipe

Alright, are you ready to dig in? This creamy Maryland crab soup with a touch of Scotch is going to blow your socks off! But before we get too carried away, let’s talk about serving and pairing.

First of all, this soup is a meal all on its own. That being said, it pairs wonderfully with a simple side salad or crusty bread for dipping. When it comes to wine pairing, I suggest a crisp Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. The acidity will balance out the richness of the soup and complement the seafood flavors.

If you’re feeling like something a little stronger, a light beer such as a pilsner or lager can hit the spot. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try pairing this soup with a Scotch whisky that has notes of peat and smoke.

One of my favorite ways to serve this soup is in an edible bread bowl. Simply carve out the center of a partially baked loaf of bread and fill it up with steaming hot soup. The bread will soak up all the delicious flavors and add an extra layer of texture.

When it comes to garnishing the soup, keep it simple with a sprinkle of parsley and maybe a drizzle of heavy cream. Lastly, don’t forget to enjoy this soup slowly and savor each bite – it’s that good!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Warm up on a chilly day with a steaming bowl of deliciousness
Warm up on a chilly day with a steaming bowl of deliciousness

Maryland crab soup is a dish that can be prepared ahead of time, stored and reheated easily for a quick meal any time of the day. To make sure that the soup maintains its creamy and flavorful texture even after it has been stored, follow these simple instructions.


If you’re preparing the soup in advance, leave out the cream, parsley and crab meat until you’re ready to serve. Once you’re ready to reheat the soup, add these ingredients back in and heat the soup over low heat until it’s warmed through.


Store leftover crab soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. For longer storage, freeze the soup instead. Simply let the soup cool down completely before pouring it into an airtight container or freezer bag. Remove as much air as possible and place the container in the freezer.


When reheating your crab soup, there is no need to thaw frozen soup first. Simply take it out of the freezer and place it in a pot over low heat, stirring occasionally until it’s completely thawed. Add extra milk, cream or water if needed if it’s too thick. Bring soup up to boiling then lower heat and simmer 5-10 minutes.


To prevent your Maryland crab soup from separating, avoid overheating or allowing it to boil when reheating on the stove or in a microwave. Adding some extra heavy cream or milk whilst reheating will help maintain its creamy consistency.

Follow these simple tips to ensure that your soup doesn’t lose any of its unique flavors even after days of being stored before enjoying again.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Impress your dinner guests with this unique and flavorful soup
Impress your dinner guests with this unique and flavorful soup

Now, when it comes to cooking Maryland Crab Soup With a Touch of Scotch! like a pro, there are a few important tips that I’d love to share with you. These tips will ensure that your soup tastes heavenly and is the perfect texture. Trust me; when you follow these tips, your crab soup will become the star of every gathering.

First, let’s talk about the blue crabs. Make sure you’re using fresh and high-quality Maryland blue crabs. As much as possible, use lump crab meat and scrape off any shells before adding it to your soup. It’s best to avoid canned crab meat for this recipe as fresh crab will bring out the flavors of the soup even more.

Secondly, seasoning is everything in this recipe. To season correctly, use Old Bay Seasoning liberally if it’s available in your area or easily accessible. If not, try mixing celery seed powder, paprika, black pepper, cayenne pepper, dried mustard powder and salt instead to create a close approximation of Old Bay Seasoning.

Thirdly, don’t skip on heavy cream- add it all! Heavy cream adds that creamy richness to the broth which makes Creamy Crab Bisque what it is. Do not substitute other creams or milk and be sure not to boil your mixture once the cream has been added.

And last but not least, I recommend adding a touch of Scotch Whisky for taste variation. The secret here is to use just enough but not too much so that the whiskey’s aroma remains subtle in every spoonful. Incorporating Whisky can add depth and intensity to your soup while enhancing its flavor profile.

By following these simple tips with attention to detail will guarantee that your culinary adventures turn out marvelously!

Bottom Line

Sometimes, a meal isn’t just about filling our stomachs – it’s about experiencing something new, creating new memories or revisiting old ones. Maryland Crab Soup with a Touch of Scotch recipe is the perfect example of that. By blending the traditional Maryland blue crab soup with the bold flavor of scotch whisky, we elevate one of the classic dishes to a whole new level.

With a silky, creamy broth and tender chunks of crab meat, this soup is a perfect combination of savory and sweet flavors. It takes only an hour to prepare, yet it feels like a fancy restaurant meal. When paired with some crusty bread and a glass of white wine or scotch, you’re transported into another world of culinary experience.

Whether you’re in Baltimore or Scotland, this soup will bring warmth and comfort to your dinner table. As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I urge you to try this unique recipe yourself. With simple ingredients and easy preparation steps, you won’t regret giving it a go – and who knows, you might even create your own special memory around this dish!

Maryland Crab Soup With a Touch of Scotch!

Maryland Crab Soup With a Touch of Scotch! Recipe

from the New York Times - the whisky gives a surprising nuance of flavor to crab soup
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword < 60 Mins, Beginner Cook, Crab, Easy
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings 5 cups
Calories 315.9kcal


  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onions
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups crabmeat (2 6-oz cans)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons Scotch whisky
  • chopped parsley


  • Pick over the crabmeat to remove bits of shell and cartilage.
  • Cook the onion in the butter until the onion is transparent.
  • Stir in the crabmeat, salt and pepper and cook over low heat, ten minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the milk and cook over boiling water for 15 minutes.
  • Add the cream and, when the mixture is piping hot, stir in the whisky.
  • Serve immediately sprinkled with chopped parsley.


Serving: 157g | Calories: 315.9kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.9g | Protein: 6.8g | Fat: 26.4g | Saturated Fat: 16.5g | Cholesterol: 89.3mg | Sodium: 453.2mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.3g

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