How to Steam Blue Crabs

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Our crabs are cooked to order at our steam bar and offered in plain, salted, and seasoned varieties. One of the most common questions we’re asked, however, is how we eat them at home. In the spirit of being a local, family-operated business, it only seemed right that our first blog post shared a family recipe with you. Don’t go rolling your eyes. We know that steaming crabs isn’t difficult. Admittedly, it’s the simplest recipe we have but fresh, local blue crab meat is so sweet and delicate that less truly is more.

How to Steam Blue Crabs:

  1. Put ~1 inch of water in a large steam pot. Make sure that the water doesn’t come up over the rack in the bottom.
  2. Place your LIVE crabs into the pot and sprinkle salt over them layer by layer.
  3. Place the lid on the pot and secure it so that the crabs can’t climb out.
  4. Turn the burner on high and let the crabs steam for 25-30 minutes or until they turn bright orange. The meat should be pearly/opaque and flake when done.

That’s it! We told you it was simple. The salt makes the crabs sweeter and brings out their natural flavors.

Once you get the hang of our basic recipe, get creative! Try out your own variations and let us know how you like your crabs.  Some ingredients to experiment with include vinegar, seafood seasoning, and even beer.

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