Dungeness Crab & Corn Chowder

Dungeness Crab Chowder – A simple crab & corn chowder that comes together in a flash with tons of seafood flavor thanks to the fresh, succulent Dungeness crab.

a soup plate with dungeness crab corn chowder topped with slices scallions

Coming at you with a simple crab & corn chowder that comes together in a flash with tons of seafood flavor thanks to the fresh, succulent Dungeness crab. Dungeness Crab Chowder you guys. Yes, King crab is not the only crab out there!

Dungeness crab, in my opinion, is just as good as king crab. It might be even better. They are a West Coast favorite because of their tasty, sweet, mild, and slightly nutty meat and I am a huge fan, especially when paired with corn, like in this chowder recipe!

What I also like is that it is almost always processed close to where it’s caught! You can buy them as claws and legs only and yes -they have thinner, smaller legs than King and Snow crabs.  I purchased my Dungeness crab at the seafood counter. Precooked, so no messy shells to deal with, which is always a bonus. When purchased pre-cooked, crab meat is really easy to cook with.

 a soup plate with dungeness crab corn chowder topped with sliced scallions

Reasons to love Dungeness Crab Chowder:

This crab and corn chowder is:

  • hearty,
  • zesty,
  • yummy
  • spicy (if you’re all about the Cholula like I am)
  • it comes together in a flash with tons of seafood flavor thanks to the fresh, succulent, Dungeness crab

side view of a plate with dungeness crab chowder with sliced baguette in the background

How to serve Crab Chowder:

Feel free to dress this chowder up however you’d like, it would be heavenly served up in a sourdough bread bowl, but I’m partial to a sprinkle of crisp, green scallions and a healthy dousing of hot sauce.

Tips:

  • To replace Old Bay Seasoning the best options are crab boil, pickling spice, or Cajun seasoning.
  • You can use your favorite kind of crabmeat – it does not have to be Dungeness.
  • This chowder would also be delicious with a combination of crab, shrimp, and lobster to make a seafood chowder if desired.

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Dungeness Crab & Corn Chowder

Dungeness Crab Chowder - A simple crab & corn chowder that comes together in a flash with tons of seafood flavor thanks to the fresh, succulent, Dungeness crab.

Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword corn chowder recipe, crab chowder, dungeness crab chowder, seafood chowder
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 about 1 1/2 quarts
Calories 700 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4-6 baby red potatoes diced
  • 3 ribs celery chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. Old Bay or other seafood seasoning blend
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 8 ounces cooked lump dungeness crab
  • 2 Tbsp. scallions thinly sliced
  • Hot sauce and lemon to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat and add oil and butter.
  2. Add potatoes, celery, onion and bay leaf to the pot and season with salt, pepper and Old Bay. Sauté until onions and celery soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add flour to pot and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in broth and milk and bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until soup thickens slightly, about 5-10 minutes.
  4. Add corn and crab meat and simmer soup for another 5 minutes.
  5. Remove bay leaf before serving. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with hot sauce, a squeeze of lemon and sliced scallions.

Recipe Notes

Feel free to dress this chowder up however you’d like, it would be heavenly served up in a sourdough bread bowl, but I’m partial to a sprinkle of crisp, green scallions and a healthy dousing of hot sauce.

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