Cream of Crab Soup

Image Courtesy Grace Hallenbeck

Oh man!  We really love, love, love eating crab here at home.  Here’s one that always pleases family and friends.  Try it and let us know what you think!


  • 5 tablespoons Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon coarse ground Black Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried Parsley or 1 tablespoon fresh chopped Parsley
  • ½ stick Butter
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped coarsely
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 2 cups Half and Half
  • 1 pound Crabmeat, already steamed/cooked


In a small bowl, or cup, mix the Flour, Old Bay, Black Pepper, and Parsley.  Set aside.

In a saucepan, melt butter on medium heat.   

Add chopped onion, stir about 5 minutes or until softened.

Add the mixture of Flour, Old Bay, Pepper, and Parsley.  Whisk in well.

Whisk in the Milk and Half and Half slowly and continue to whisk until it just starts to boil.

Stir in crabmeat.  Lower heat to low and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve and enjoy!

Note.  If the soup seems too thick or too thin:  While still on the stove cooking, to thin, stir in a little milk.  To thicken the soup, mix with a little flour–try 1 teaspoon–with just enough warm water to liquify the flour; then add that to the hot soup pot and stir in well.

Other recipes by Grace can be found here.

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Grace currently hails from the shores of North Carolina, a trial retirement location, where she programs and broadcasts a weekly local news show on (all-volunteer) Radio Hatteras. Homesickness overwhelms her many days. A 50-year resident with a heart for Frederick, Grace attended West Frederick Junior and Frederick High Schools. A de facto paralegal from the days when legal secretaries did much research and writing, Grace worked in private law firms. Other employment included IBM, radio, band music, Montgomery County Attorney’s Office, and a long term position with the Montgomery County Council where she retired as a facilities manager. Grace was a minority practical conservative in a liberal charter government. Notwithstanding that environment, Grace is a resourceful, logical, thrifty, innovative, and independent thinking woman--and a great cook! She has been described as “thorough and meticulous.” Having cut her teeth in local government for 28 years, she is well acquainted with the workings of charter government. Grace will share writings of her amusements and observations...and, yes, recipes!