Easy Crab and Corn Chowder

Easy Crab and Corn Chowder is quick soup that is tasty and reasonably healthy. One of the great cooking hacks in this post is the method for cooking the sweet corn. You will never boil sweet corn again.

Easy Crab and Corn Chowder
(Adapted from recipe of Robin Miller, Food Network, 2017)

Serves 4

3 pre-made crab cakes (Fresh Market is our preference)
6 ears sweet corn in their husks
3 bay leaves
5 cups fat-free, reduced sodium chicken broth (warmed to a simmer)
1 cup 2% milk
Crystal Hot Sauce to taste
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley leaves
1/2 cup crispy bacon lardons

Working in batches of three, cook the sweet corn by microwaving for 4 minutes. Repeat. Set the corn aside to cool before husking. When cool enough pull the husks and any remaining silk – there shouldn’t be much with this method – from the ears. Cut the kernels off of the ears and set aside.

While the broth warms, place the crab cakes in a small Dutch oven and gently break them apart. Add the corn, bay leaves, several dashes of hot sauce, and season with salt and pepper. Add the broth and bring the soup to a gentle boil, about 5 minutes. Add the milk and simmer for another 2 minutes.

To serve, ladle the chowder into large shallow serving bowls and garnish with parsley and bacon.

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O’Maddy’s Bar and Grille – Gulfport, FL

O’Maddy’s Bar and Grille in Gulfport, Florida is a classic beachside pub that serves well-prepared, eclectic food along with more than a dozen draft beers, an extensive wine list, and the full variety of beach cocktails.


Ample Bites visited on a Tuesday, which is the day that Gulfport holds their Fresh Market along Beach Drive. The market features local artists, handmade Florida trinkets, a few food tents, and fresh fruits and vegetables. The stores along Beach Drive are packed with art and souvenirs appealing to most any shopper. Because the market was being held O’Maddy’s was packed and we had about a 30 minute wait to be seated. The wait was worth it!


Two of us enjoyed the Lobster BLT and we concurred that it was like a Lobster Roll on steriods. The sandwich had a ton of lobster in it. It had just enough mayonnaise on the lobster salad but not too much and the applewood smoked bacon was a perfect accompaniment for the ripe tomato slices. It was served with a side of perfectly crispy french fries.


Others in our party enjoyed two different fish sandwiches. The Triple-Tail Sandwich featured a flaky white fish that was served on a hefty marble rye bread with a pesto aioli and provolone cheese. The other was the Florida classic Grouper Sandwich.


While we dined we noticed that that burgers looked amazing and their was even a Lobster and Bacon Pizza, which is likely to be sampled by Ample Bites on a return visit.

If you ever venture to Gulfport make sure to walk down Beach Drive to the old casino on the end of the street, take a left and go the block and a half to O’Maddy’s and enjoy the experience. Finally, just a quick tip, make sure to bring a hat and sunglasses because most of the tables are right out in the beautiful, warm Florida sun.

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