Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  142
  • Protein  12 g
  • Carbohydrates  10 g
  • Fat  6 g
  • Cholesterol  29 mg
  • Sodium  295 mg
  • Potassium  244 mg
  • Phosphorus  100 mg
  • Calcium  26 mg
  • Fiber  0.3 g

Maryland’s Eastern Shore Cream of Crab Soup

Heartier meals provide warmth and comfort when you're on the kidney diet. Maryland’s Eastern Shore Cream of Crab Soup is just the ticket to drive the chill away.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Lynne from Maryland.

Portions: 7     Serving size: 1 cup


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup onion
  • 1/2 pound fresh lump crab meat
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup liquid nondairy creamer
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/8 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning®
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper 


  1. Melt butter in a large pot over moderate heat.
  2. Chop onion and add to pot. Cook, stirring until onion becomes soft and transparent. 
  3. Add crab meat. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly. 
  4. Add chicken broth and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low.
  5. Combine nondairy creamer and cornstarch in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth. Add to soup and increase heat slightly, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and comes to a boil. 
  6. Add dill weed, Old Bay seasoning® and pepper to soup. Ready to serve.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1-1/2 meat
  • 1/2 starch
  • 1/2 vegetable, medium potassium 

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Fresh Maryland lump crabmeat is best, but other varieties or imitation crab can be used if unavailable.
  • Old Bay Seasoning® is a popular seasoning made from celery seed, salt, mustard, red pepper, black pepper, bay leaves, cloves, allspice ginger, mace, cardamom, cinnamon, and paprika. It contains 160 mg sodium for 1/4 teaspoon. If unavailable, substitute another low-sodium seasoning or spice mix.
  • Look for low-sodium broth containing less than 250 mg sodium per cup. Avoid low-sodium broth that contains potassium chloride—it’s very high in potassium. Reduced-sodium broth containing 500 milligrams sodium or less per 1 cup serving is also a good choice in limited amounts.

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Maryland’s Eastern Shore Cream of Crab Soup

mrmotz2 says:


I made it with the shrimp and scallops I thought I was back home in Maryland.

Sep. 04, 2014, 5:22 PM - Inappropriate review?

Maryland’s Eastern Shore Cream of Crab Soup

retiredteacher says:


Would the use of original almond milk instead of non dairy creamer be an acceptable substitution for a CKD diet? I use Aldi's brand and for 1 cup it is 60 calories, 140mg sodium, 45mg potassium, 8g carbs, 1g protein, 2.5g fat, and no added phosphates. Thanks! Dietitian comment: Yes this is a good substitution. Many almond milk brands contain a high amount of calcium[INVALID]that's the main concern for kidney patients who have problems with high calcium.

Aug. 08, 2014, 6:11 PM - Inappropriate review?

Maryland’s Eastern Shore Cream of Crab Soup

housekitty says:


Is this crab soup anything like she crab soup?

May. 30, 2013, 11:57 AM - Inappropriate review?

Maryland’s Eastern Shore Cream of Crab Soup

KlyStevens says:


Very good! We were surprised by how good it could was with so simple ingredients. We also added a bit of shrimp and bay scallops we had frozen.

Oct. 03, 2011, 7:29 PM - Inappropriate review?

Maryland’s Eastern Shore Cream of Crab Soup

janed1 says:


This is excellent. My husband loves soup and he really enjoyed this.

Apr. 18, 2010, 4:49 PM - Inappropriate review?

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