Corn and Crab Chowder

Today’s recipe is a really good one, and I made it up on the fly.  I had some fresh corn from our C.S.A. and needed to use it up.  Plus, there was a package of imitation crab sitting in the fridge.  So, I decided to whip up a corn and crab chowder and am so glad I did.  We had enough for lunch one day and dinner the following evening.  We were both leaving town, and I always like to clear out the food from the refrigerator before we go.  This recipe was a perfect way to do that.  If you don’t have fresh corn on hand, then frozen corn will be do.

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Corn and Crab Chowder


  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Corn removed from 6 large ears of corn (can use 2 10-ounce packages of frozen corn)
  • 3 medium potatoes, diced
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 package imitation crab, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 teaspoon fresh dill (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in pan and add onion, salt, and pepper and cook till softened.
  2. Add garlic, corn, and potatoes. Cook on medium few minutes with lid on. Stir frequently.
  3. Add 2 cups chicken stock and simmer till vegetables are done. Add more if it becomes too dry.
  4. Add imitation crab.
  5. Heat milk in the microwave for 1 minute. Add to mixture.
  6. Add spinach and simmer all for 5 additional minutes.
  7. Add more salt and pepper as needed.
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This chowder is a filling.  The great thing about it is that it can be a summer time meal made with fresh corn, or it can be a comforting cold weather meal made with frozen corn.  You might even consider adding some shredded cheese to the top.  I didn’t do that this time, but I will consider it in the future.

Oh, and by the way, people have asked in the past what kind of pot I use when making soups, stews, and chowders.  I love using my enameled cast iron Dutch oven that Jordan gave me for Christmas one year.  You can find a similar one here.  It is easy to spend a lot of money on a cast iron Dutch oven, but it is not necessary.  I think in some cases, you are paying for the name.

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