Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Corn and Crab Soup with Crispy Tortilla Strips

Posted April 16, 2013 in Entrees, Crab

Corn and Crab Soup with Crispy Tortilla Strips


  • 3 ½ cups fresh corn kernels (cut from about 6 medium ears of corn)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  • 5 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 lime (zest half and squeeze the whole lime for juice)
  • kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 12 ounces crabmeat, picked over
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 cups crispy corn tortilla strips


  1. Melt butter or heat olive oil in a large, heavy pot.
  2. Stir in onion, garlic and jalapeño, and cook over moderately high heat until lightly browned, for about 6 to 7 minutes.
  3. Stir in corn and cook until the corn is lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add broth, chili powder and simmer until corn is tender, about 15 minutes.
  5. Lightly season with kosher salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Transfer half of the soup into a blender or food processor, and puree until almost smooth.
  7. Add the blended soup back into the unblended soup, and stir to combine.
  8. Add the lime juice and zest, crabmeat and cilantro to the soup and bring to a boil.
  9. Serve hot and garnish with tortilla strips.


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