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Friday, February 27, 2015

Nana's Cajun Crab Chowder

   It is a tradition in Nana's family to not have meat on Christmas Eve.  I love seafood, so this is a tradition that I bought into very easily.   She normally makes a really yummy salmon with lemon, dill and capers. My favorite part of the meal, however, is the soup course (followed closely by the kolacky of course).  She makes a cajun crab chowder that is TO. DIE. FOR.  I mean really, it is good!  It is definitely not a traditional Polish recipe, but it plays into the meat free tradition.  There are a lot of other fun traditions that I will try to remember to tell you about as the holidays get closer.
    If I had any sort of patience, I would make you wait until Christmas for this recipe too.  But lucky for you, I don't!  It seems like lent would be just as good of time as any to share it with you.
     I have made it a couple of times myself now.  My brother and I had been talking about having a seafood feast for months.  We finally decided to do it for New Years Eve. I begged Nana for the recipe.  The crab chowder went really well with the crab stuffed shrimp and fried oysters!

     This is a thick and rich soup.  It is so good!  All you have to do is saute the all the goodies and coat them in flour.  The recipe calls for a tablespoon of cajun seasoning and two tablespoons of hot sauce, but you can adjust the spice to your taste

Then slowly add in the milk, making sure to get everything off the bottom of the pan.  Simmer to thicken and get ready to enjoy!

It comes out with a bisque like thickness.  The perfect mix of creamy and chunky.


  1. This is something I definitely want to try! I love these kinds of recipes, especially when they are from someone's Nana!! Pinned!

  2. This chowder sounds super yummy, but that's how recipes from Nana are, right? :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing this on Five Friday Finds! I'm looking forward to what you share this week. :)

    1. It is hard to go wrong with a Nana recipe! Thanks for hosting.