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Alaska Snow Crab Tortilla Soup

Pair the sweetness of Snow Crab with the heat of jalapeño and the smoke of chili powder. This combination, loaded with tasty vegetables and seasonings makings for the perfect light but comforting soup with a little crunch and a lot of flavor!

Alaska Snow Crab Tortilla Soup


  • 2 tbsp canola or olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded, if desired, and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 6 oz. fresh or frozen corn kernels, cooked
  • 1 quart water or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (4 oz.) diced green chiles
  • 1/2 to 1 tbsp chili powder, to taste
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano, divided
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, to taste
  • 8 Alaska Snow Crab clusters, frozen (about 3 lbs.)
  • 2 corn tortillas, cut in 1/4-inch strips
  • Canola or olive oil spray, as needed
  • Juice of a lime
  • 1/2 avocado, pitted, peeled and sliced
Prep time
30 minutes
Cook time
45 minutes


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepot. Stir in onions, jalapeño, bell pepper, garlic and tomato. Sauté until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. Add corn, water, green chiles, chili powder, 1 teaspoon oregano, and salt. Simmer 20 to 25 minutes, until onions are translucent.
  2. While soup in simmering, rinse Alaska Snow Crab clusters under cold running water to remove any ice glaze. Crack legs and claws, remove crabmeat from shells; reserve crab.
  3. Heat oven to 350°F. Place tortilla strips on a small baking sheet. Lightly spray strips with cooking spray; sprinkle on remaining oregano. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until crisp.
  4. Stir fresh lime juice and crabmeat into soup; simmer an additional 1 to 2 minutes, until crabmeat is heated through. Divide soup among 4 large bowls. Garnish each bowl with avocado and tortilla strips.
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