Tortilla-Crab Soup with Tomatillo Crème Fraîche Recipe

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Irene Hope Modified: March 21, 2022
Tortilla-Crab Soup with Tomatillo Crème Fraîche Recipe

How To Make Tortilla-Crab Soup with Tomatillo Crème Fraîche

Tender crabmeat, fried tortillas, and jalapenos are simmered in a rich and creamy crème fraîche sauce to yield a spicy and flavorful crab soup!

Preparation: 25 minutes
Cooking: 35 minutes
Total: 1 hour



  • ½lbtomatillos
  • 1cupcilantro leaves
  • ¼cupcreme fraiche,or sour cream, plus 2 tbsp
  • 2tbsplime juice,fresh
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • vegetable oil
  • 8corn tortillas,(6 inch), yellow or white
  • 4tbspunsalted butter
  • 6ozbacon,thick cut
  • 1medium sweet onion
  • 3large garlic cloves
  • 1large jalapeno
  • 4large scallions
  • ¼cupall purpose flour
  • ½tspground cumin
  • ½tspground coriander
  • 8cupsfish stock,or 4 cups of bottled clam juice mixed with 4 cups of water
  • cupfrozen baby peas
  • 1lblump crabmeat,jumbo
  • lime wedges,and green hot sauce


  1. In a blender or food processor, combine the tomatillos with ½ cup of the cilantro, the crème fraîche and lime juice and puree. Transfer to a small bowl and season with salt and pepper.

  2. In a medium skillet, heat ½-inch of vegetable oil until shimmering. Add the tortilla strips in several batches and fry over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, for about 2 minutes per batch, until lightly golden.

  3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the tortilla strips to a plate lined with paper towels. Sprinkle with salt.

  4. Melt the butter in a stockpot. When the foam subsides, add the bacon and cook over moderate heat for about 8 minutes, until crisp. Using tongs, transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels and reserve for another use.

  5. Add the onion, garlic, jalapeño and scallion whites to the pot and cook over moderate heat for 7 to 8 minutes, until softened but not browned. Whisk in the flour, cumin and coriander and cook for 1 minute, whisking constantly.

  6. Whisk in the fish stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to moderately low and simmer the soup for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  7. Add the peas, scallion greens and the remaining ½ cup of cilantro and bring the soup to a simmer over moderate heat

  8. Mound the crabmeat in the center of 12 deep soup bowls and ladle the soup over the crab.

  9. Garnish with the tomatillo crème fraîche and tortilla strips, serve with lime wedges and hot sauce, and enjoy!


  • Calories: 283.15kcal
  • Fat: 17.36g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.69g
  • Trans Fat: 0.21g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 7.52g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.60g
  • Carbohydrates: 18.09g
  • Fiber: 3.61g
  • Sugar: 3.68g
  • Protein: 15.23g
  • Cholesterol: 60.18mg
  • Sodium: 773.41mg
  • Calcium: 89.50mg
  • Potassium: 562.28mg
  • Iron: 1.43mg
  • Vitamin A: 66.16µg
  • Vitamin C: 13.17mg
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