Bayou Crab Chowder is bowl of Cajun flavored deliciousness. There’s hearty potatoes, sweet corn, smoky sausage, kicked up Cajun spices, and finally succulent crab in this seafood Cajun party in a bowl.
Do you ever get cravings for food? I mean serious craving for food? Because I do all the time. And I would really like to know that I am NOT alone in this. Am I? Like, do you get a craving that’s so bad that it’s pretty much all you want to eat or can think of eating until you finally eat what you’re craving? No? Just me?
So, I got this craving for crab. I have no idea where it came from. I don’t usually crave crab but, for some reason I had a serious craving for crab. But not just any crab. I had a craving for crab soup. So, I made some crab soup. Actually, I made a chowder, but why split hairs, right?
This is the second attempt at making this soup…er chowder. I just have to say that it is really important to make sure that you have good crab. So, before you even start to make this recipe make sure that you have purchased a good container of crab. In the first batch, it truly wasn’t that good. It had that fishy taste to it which means to me that it wasn’t all that fresh and it just DID.NOT taste good at all.
Yup! I’m one of THOSE people. Those people who can’t stand fishy flavors which is why I don’t like a lot of different types of fish. I stick to mainly cod, haddock, tuna, and swordfish. LOVE swordfish. Hmmm..I should order some fish for this weekend. That sounds like a great idea!
Now, I mean no disrespect to canned crab in the canned meat aisle of your grocery store. Trust me when I say that. I use that canned crab often. It’s perfect for my Quick Crab Stuffed Mushrooms. It’s crab that you can keep in the pantry all the time. It comes in handy for appetizers, dips, and for stuffing vegetables or meats. So, trust me when I say that I love that kind of canned crab. It’s just not the type of crab for this soup.
For this soup, you will need to head to your seafood counter or the seafood section of your grocery and purchase a pound container of lump crab meat. It’s sweet, tender meat is perfect in this delicious chowder. And considering there’s a pound of it in this chowder, you’re going to want it to taste like amazing crab. Since the rest of the ingredients in this chowder are SUPER cheap SPLURGE on the good crab.
I made this chowder on a weeknight. Bet ya didn’t know you could do that didja? Well, YOU CAN! I purchased some convenience foods for it, but you really don’t need to do that. With a little prep work the day before, this is a snap to whip up in no time for your family.
But for me, I’m lazy on the weekends and didn’t feel like peeling the potatoes, so I purchased the Ore Ida steam and mash potatoes. Now, I’ve never made these. I’ve never eaten these and I definitely haven’t cooked with these, but since they were the only frozen potatoes I could find, I was thrilled to give them a try!
They’re a little bigger than I wanted in this soup, but that’s okay! I LOVE potatoes! Hello, I’m Irish ya know! Me and taters are like BFFs and I totes could eat them DAILY and not get tired of them. So, having spoonful sized pieces of potatoes in this chowder, to me at least, made it hearty and perfect for a weeknight meal. And since I have an extra bag in the freezer, I’ll have to try that steam and mash thing to see how it pans out. I’ll keep ya posted.
There’s another reason why I was thrilled to try these potatoes; I wanted to have some that I could smash to make for a thicker soup without all that fat. For those new to my blog, the hubs has a serious cholesterol issue that’s hereditary. No matter how little fat he eats, it just turns into the bad stuff. So, I always try to keep our fat counts down in all my recipes. It helps him with his cholesterol and sort of helps me with my weight issue.
Now, tell me that looking at that bowl that it’s going to be bland even with the lack fat!! You can’t, can you? There’s a little hint of bacon in there – center cut mind you and only a few slices at that – there’s turkey kielbasa, sweet corn, and then the crab. That sweet, tender pieces of seafood goodness just perched on top as a garnish and a full spoonful in each bite! Trust when I say you will not say, “Where’s the crab?” in this chowder.
And if you’re one of those that don’t like a lot of crab – yeah, I don’t know who those people are either, but I’m sure there’s some out there. Some like me who doesn’t like salmon but with crab. If you’re one that doesn’t like a lot of crab, put half a pound in and make cakes, my mushrooms, or some other crabby chowder with the rest of your can of crab. *I* put the whole pound in. I wanted it to taste THAT crabby.
What do you like to make with crab? Are you a chowder or a soup person?
Bayou Crab Chowder
- 4 slices center cut bacon
- 12 ounces frozen potatoes
- 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
- 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 7 ounces turkey kielbasa
- 2 cups fat free half and half
- 1 pound cleaned crab meat divided
Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook until crisp.
Stir in the next seven ingredients (potatoes through black pepper) and bring to a boil. Simmer until the potatoes are heated through. For a thicker soup, use a potato masher to coarsely mash some of the potatoes before adding the sausage.
Cut the sausage in half and then slice in a diagonal. Stir the sausage into the pot and continue to simmer until heated through.
Stir in the half and half and all but 1/2 cup of the crab meat, simmering until it comes to a simmer again.
Ladle into bowls and garnish with remaining crab meat and a sprinkle of Cajun seasoning and serve.