Pea Soup with North Coast Dungeness Crab

Published: January 8, 2015 | By Jordan Vineyard & Winery

This soup recipe is a spring staple when the garden’s earliest shoots and blossoms appear after winter. We use local Dungeness crab, but substituting Pacific rock crab, Maine lobster and even Drakes Bay oysters will also complement the seamless structure of Jordan Chardonnay.


  • 1 lb sugar snap peas
  • 1 shallot, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Jordan Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup Jordan Chardonnay
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp tarragon, chopped
  • 1 tsp lemon thyme, chopped
  • Mineral water as needed
  • 1 large Dungeness crab, cooked and cleaned (1½ cups of fresh crab meat may be substituted)
  • 2 Tbsp hazelnut oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Garden blossoms and herbs to garnish
  • 1 Tbsp pistachio oil to garnish


serves 6

Cook peas uncovered in seasoned, rapidly boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat. Strain and chill peas rapidly in an ice bath; drain and set aside.

Sauté chopped shallot in olive oil and butter over medium heat until soft. Add Chardonnay to the pan and reduce by one half. Add heavy whipping cream and bring to a simmer. Allow shallot mixture to cool.

Combine peas, cooled shallot mixture and freshly chopped herbs in a food processor and purée. If purée is too thick, adjust to desired consistency by adding a bit of mineral water; chill for approximately one hour.

To serve, toss the crab in hazelnut oil, season with salt and pepper and mound the crab in the center of 6 shallow bowls. Ladle soup around the crab and garnish with herbs, blossoms and a drizzle of pistachio oil.

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