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The Hirshon Charleston She-Crab Soup

The Hirshon Charleston She-Crab Soup

  • Total Time: 0 hours


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  • 1 tablespoon butter, unsalted
  • 1/2 quart heavy cream
  • 1/2 quart store-bought or homemade crab or shellfish stock
  • 1 bay leaf, 1 thyme sprig and 1 tarragon sprig in a cheesecloth bag (Optional TFD addition)
  • 3 tsp. onion juice
  • 1/2 tsp. mace
  • 1/2 tsp. microplaned lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. freshly-ground South Carolina mustard bbq sauce (very optional TFD addition – replace with 1/2 tsp. freshly-ground white pepper for authenticity)
  • 1/2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning (TFD addition, leave out for authenticity)
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch or TFD’s preference of cooked white rice blended with some crab stock to a paste
  • 2 cups white crab meat, 1/2 cup cooked and reserved
  • 1 lb. crab roe (preferred) or dried shrimp roe to taste or go with the classic substitute of 1 cup crumbled hard-boiled egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 cup dry Fino sherry, warmed
  • paprika and/or minced fresh parsley (to garnish)


  1. Bring water in the bottom of a double boiler to a boil, reduce heat so that water barely simmers and make sure that the amount of water does not touch the bottom of the top of the double boiler.
  2. Melt butter in the top of a double boiler and blend with the cornstarch or rice blend until smooth.
  3. Add the cream and stock gradually, stirring constantly.
  4. Add the crab meat and roe and all seasonings except sherry and cook slowly, stirring frequently, for about 20 minutes. Remove cheesecloth bag and discard.
  5. To serve, spoon soup into bowls, add a mound of cooked reserved crab in center of bowl. Then, pass warmed sherry in a separate cup and allow each guest to stir into the soup to their taste. Sprinkle with parsley and/or paprika.
  • Prep Time: 0 hours
  • Cook Time: 0 hours


  • Calories: 746.39 kcal
  • Sugar: 6.19 g
  • Sodium: 960.99 mg
  • Fat: 56.35 g
  • Saturated Fat: 31.49 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.13 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14.21 g
  • Fiber: 0.29 g
  • Protein: 43.17 g
  • Cholesterol: 664.12 mg