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Grandma's New Jersey-Style Turtle Soup Recipe

This warm and flavorful turtle soup recipe will make you feel like you're right at home at Grandma's!

Grandma's New Jersey-Style Turtle Soup Recipe
Grandma's New Jersey-Style Turtle Soup Recipe
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Serves: 8 to 12
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 6-8 hours


  • 2 ½ sticks unsalted butter, divided
  • 1-2 pounds turtle meat, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 cup minced celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 ½ teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups tomato purée
  • 1 quart beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon each salt and black pepper
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • Dry sherry


1. In a 5-quart saucepan, melt ½ stick of butter and add turtle meat. Cook over high heat until the meat is brown.

2. Add celery, onion, garlic and seasonings; cook until vegetables are transparent.

3. Transfer to a large Crock-Pot and stir in tomato purée, beef stock, salt and pepper. Cook on low 6 to 8 hours.

4. Make a roux by melting the remaining 2 sticks of butter in a cast-iron skillet. Add flour a little at a time and cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until the roux is light brown.

5. Stir roux into soup in Crock-Pot and continue cooking on low heat until soup is smooth and thickened. Add lemon juice and parsley.

6. At the table, add 1 teaspoon sherry to each soup plate before serving.

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