Alaskan Snow Crab Tortilla Soup

by Nikolai Nikitenko April 28, 2016

Alaskan Snow Crab Tortilla Soup

Amazing snow crab tortilla soup recipe


  • Alaska Snow Crab:
  • 2 lbs. Alaska Snow Crab
  • 2 Tbsp. canola or olive oil
  • 8 oz. onion, chopped
  • 1 whole jalapeño, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 10 oz. red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 8 oz. tomato, chopped
  • 12 oz. corn, cooked
  • 8 cups water or low salt chicken broth
  • 7 oz. green chiles, diced
  • 2 Tbsp. chile powder, dried
  • 1 Tbsp. oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. salt

 Most people don't think of soup or stew when they hear the word crab, but we're here to show you that crab is not only suitable for soups and stews, but absolutely delicious when prepared this way. Succulent crab meat bathed in a warm, savory, and slightly spicy broth is a wonderful way to warm up on cold days and to fill you up without adding empty calories. Chili powder helps keep your body warm and it's been shown to help digestion and fat burning well after you've eaten it. This easy recipe can be doubled or tripled, or it can be decreased to serve just one or two. That's the beauty of soups and stews: they're simple to adjust both yield and flavor. Either made as-is or adjusted to your personal liking, our best crab soup recipe is sure to satisfy. Maybe it will end up on your list of favorite meals. While this meal is delectable exactly how it is, feel free to adjust the spiciness to your own personal taste. The recipe is designed for experimentation, so have fun with it.

Why crab?

Before we get into the details of how to make crab tortilla soup, we'd like to share some information about crab. It always helps to know more about your ingredients and why they're perfect for your recipe. In this case, crab's natural richness is a perfect way to add texture and flavor to any soup or stew. These natural qualities help bring out your spices, and the mild flavor of crab legs pairs well with just about any flavor profile. While this particular recipe is savory and spicy, crab is also excellent when prepared in a sweeter broth, too. Another great thing about crab is that it can be cooked right from frozen, no need to thaw beforehand. This means you can keep crab in your freezer for many months, and always have some ready to go at a moment's notice. That's great for busy work or school nights. Crab is one of the easiest seafoods to learn how to cook, too! Most crab purchased frozen has already been cooked, so you won't need to worry about undercooking.

Benefits of crab include:

  • Great source of lean protein
  • Low calorie
  • Low fat
  • Vitamins and minerals such as selenium and vitamin B12
  • Omega-3 fatty acids

 Corn Tortillas

  • 2 corn tortillas, cut in ¼ inch strips
  • Canola or olive oil spray, as needed
  • 1 tsp. oregano


  • ½ cup lime juice, fresh
  • 1 avocado, cut into ¾ inch cubes



  1. Heat oil in 6-quart saucepan.
  2. Add onions, jalapeño, garlic, bell pepper, tomato and corn.
  3. Sauté until softened, about 5-8 minutes.
  4. Add water, diced chiles, chile powder, oregano and salt. Simmer about 30 minutes.
Corn Tortillas:
  1. Place corn tortilla strips on baking sheet.
  2. Spray lightly with oil spray; sprinkle with oregano.
  3. Bake for 12-15 minutes at 350?F until crisp.
  4. Assembly: Stir fresh lime juice into soup.
  5. Place crab pieces in hot soup. Simmer 1-2 minutes.
  6. Place in serving bowls. Garnish with avocado cubes and tortilla strips.
NOTE: Adjust spiciness with addition of more chile powder or a spicier chile powder, Ancho chile powder for example.

Time to grab your crab!

We've made ourselves hungry just talking about this crab tortilla soup recipe, and we hope we've wet your appetite too. If you're ready to try this meal out for yourself, we're happy to announce that we have snow crab legs for sale. With our reputation for excellent seafood and unbeatable customer service, you can't go wrong with Global Seafoods. If you've already tried this recipe, feel free to leave a comment below. Did you follow the directions exactly, or did you make some delicious changes? We'd love to hear about your experience!

Nikolai Nikitenko
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