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Explore Colombian Culinary Tradition: Crab Soup Recipe


Explore Colombian Culinary Tradition
Crab Soup is a true gift from the Colombian Caribbean coast. Credit: flickr/PPG/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

On the beautiful Caribbean coast of Colombia, specifically in the Department of San Andres and Providencia, there is a culinary treasure that has delighted locals and visitors for generations: Crab Soup. This unique recipe is a true sensory delight, and now we invite you to discover how to prepare it in the comfort of your own home.


1 pound of crab meat

2 pounds of pigtail or salted pork tail

3 large sprigs of marjoram

2 cloves of garlic

1 red onion

1 white onion

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

8 cups of water

2 green plantains

½ red bell pepper

1 pound of peeled yuca

1 pound of peeled yam

1 pound of peeled potatoes

¼ cup of butter

¼ cup of coconut oil

3 tablespoons of wheat flour


½ lemon Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation Steps:

Start by slicing the red and white onions, as well as the plantains. The root vegetables, such as yam, potato, and yuca, should be cut into chunks. Slice the red bell pepper thinly, and chop the garlic into small pieces. Preparing the ingredients in advance will streamline the process.

Cut the salted pork tail into pieces, drain it, and pressure cook it for 20 minutes. If you don’t have access to pigtail, boil a salted pork tail in a pressure cooker for the same amount of time. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, cook it in a regular pot over low heat for 35-40 minutes.

In a frying pan, sauté the marjoram and garlic in coconut oil. Add the red and white onions and sauté them until they become transparent. Then, add the crab meat.

Boil 8 cups of water in a large pot. Add the plantains, pieces of salted pork tail, and the bell pepper. Cook for 5 minutes.

Add the yuca, yam, potatoes, and the sauteed crab meat.

Dissolve the flour in cold water and add it to the soup. Then, incorporate the butter or coconut oil, basil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste. Cook for 10 minutes.

Reduce the heat and cook everything for an additional 5 minutes.

Serve the Crab Soup and enjoy this exceptional dish.

Interesting Facts:

If you don’t have yam, you can replace it with other tubers like sweet potatoes or arracacha preserved in saltwater. Pigtail and dumplings are authentic ingredients in the cuisine of San Andrés and are often difficult to find outside of the island.

Crab Soup is a true gift from the Colombian Caribbean coast. Preparing this recipe will allow you to explore a unique culinary tradition and savor the delightful flavors of this Caribbean paradise from your own kitchen.

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