Lightened Up She Crab Soup #RecipeMakeover 2017

My second challenge in #RecipeMakeover 2017 was to make a healthier version of She-Crab soup. If you’ve ever had She Crab Soup, you know it’s decadently rich and creamy delicious. It’s not something you’d order if you were watching your fat and calories. My Lightened Up She-Crab Soup gives you all the flavor and light richness without the risk of increasing your waist circumference. Unless of course you eat the whole pot. Calories in, calories out. Remember?

Since my husband’s been after me to make some She Crab soup, I started doing a little research. I found that pretty much every recipe called for heavy whipping cream or half and half. Some of them even used both! That’s a lot of cream. Sure, I bet it tastes heavenly, but, the number of calories cannot be very low.

I’m pretty sure that level of richness would not agree with me or help me on my quest to lose a few pounds.

I just knew I could make a soup with crab meat that had all the flavor of She Crab soup, without all the fat and calories. And I did.

By using half of the butter, evaporated milk and whole milk I was able to create a very delicious soup that was rich and delicious but without all the extra calories. I even added a little extra protein by cooking eggs down in the broth right before serving!

This recipe is really easy to throw together (my favorite kind) and if you want it even lighter, go for skim, 1% or 2% milk instead of the whole milk. This is also another great way to use Barleans Butter Flavored Coconut Oil too! Just replace the butter in the recipe with Barlean’s Butter Flavored Coconut Oil and you’ve just made it even better for you! Check out my Healthy Blueberry Buttermilk Pancake recipe where I do just that!

I hope you enjoy this scrumptious light crab soup recipe!

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Lightened Up She-Crab Soup With Eggs


  • 1 pound crab meat, lump or claw
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic sliced or chopped
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 can evaporated milk plus 1 can water
  • 2 cups milk (you can use skim, 1%, 2% or whole)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh or dried parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons cooking sherry
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3-6 whole eggs (optional)
  • Fresh Lemon wedges
  • 1-2 tablespoons corn starch with 1-2 tbsp water to thicken soup at the end


  1. Melt butter in soup pot.
  2. Saute the onions and garlic until fragrant and softened about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the evaporated milk plus one can of water and the 2 cups of milk.
  4. While cooking on low heat add the seasonings: Salt, Lemon Pepper, Old Bay Seasoning, Bay Leaves, parsley and cooking sherry
  5. Stir in the crabmeat.
  6. If you want the soup to be a bit thicker, now is the time to dissolve the cornstarch in the water and add it to the broth. Start with 1 tablespoon water + 1 tablespoon cornstarch and add more later if it's still not thick enough.
  7. Cook on low for 15 minutes stirring often to prevent the milk from scorching on the bottom.
  8. After 15 minutes, you can add the eggs. Break the shells and gently drop the eggs into the simmering liquid. Try to keep the eggs separated and do not stir the pot.
  9. Cover the pot and continue to cook on low for 15-20 minutes longer. (Less if you would like the egg yolks cooked less)
  10. If you need to stir the pot while cooking do so gently so you won't break the eggs apart.
  11. Serve the soup with a sprinkle of fresh parsley, some old bay seasoning to taste and a squirt or two of fresh lemon juice.
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