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Steamed Blue Crabs Recipe
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Steamed Blue Crabs

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"Atlantic Ocean Blue Crabs, steamed over a boil of Old Bay® seasoning and beer. Show your friends you have that certain craboir faire with this one."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    40 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    1 hr


  1. Combine 1/2 cup seafood seasoning, salt, beer, and vinegar in a large stockpot over high heat. Bring to a strong simmer.
  2. Right before cooking, carefully place each crab upside down and stick a knife through the shell, just behind mouth.
  3. Fit a screen over the beer mixture and layer the crabs on the screen. Be sure that the crabs are above the simmering liquid. Cover.
  4. Steam crabs until they turn bright orange and all of the blue/green color is gone, 20 to 30 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup seafood seasoning before serving.
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  • Editor's Note:
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of salt used in the boiling liquid. The actual amount of salt consumed will vary.

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Oct 14, 2010

This is the best method for blue crabs and is how my family has always cooked them. I don't add the salt, doesn't seem important. Make sure to serve with individual bowls of melted butter for dipping!

Jun 01, 2009

Go Steve! This is a true Maryland Blue Crab recipe! In fact, I just cooked up a 1/2 bushel of Chincoteague Bay crabs with the same ingredients, except the salt, since these crabs are raised in the saltier Atlantic Ocean water then the Chesapeake blue crab. Do what he said, then put out some cider vinegar and Bay Seasoning for dipping and you have a real Maryland crab feast. Oh yeah, beer is traditional with it too!


11 Ratings

Jul 07, 2009

As a true Marylander I can say that this is the best way to eat crabs! Steaming crabs really makes for a superior crab meat (as opposed to boiling them). I like a little less vinegar in my beer mix, and a little less salt. This made for a perfect Eastern Shore 4th of July with some silver queen corn, watermelon, beans and tomatoes!

Apr 26, 2010

**DISCLAIMER**You must like old bay to like this recipe. I do love the use of beer, it tastes so rich and infuses so much flavor into the crabs. I have also steamed crabs with beer, garlic, and a sprinkling of old bay which was a huge crowd pleaser.

Oct 18, 2013

I would just add one note: Here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, we layer the crabs with seasoning - one layer of crabs, a generous amount of Old Bay and course ground salt, then the next layer of crabs and seasoning. Here ub Maryland we take our crabs seriously and it is more than a feast, it's a social event.

Sep 23, 2011

Right on time.!! Skipped the salt due to the crabs being from the gulf and the dead of summer. I added a little Zatarians shrimp and crab boil to the pot with the Old bay, also added a couple of smashed cloves of garlic and a little lemon juice. Every one really enjoyed them, Must have as there was none left.

Aug 19, 2011

Easy and delish! Went to a fresh seafood market while at Myrtle Beach and impressed my husband!

Sep 08, 2009

Awesome recipe-I used it to steam Tilapia instead and it came out wonderful. I cut the recipe down to 1/3 of all of the ingredients listed because I only had a 1/2lb. of fish. I steamed for 8 minutes and the fish was moist, but flaky. This is a good alternative cooking method for fish that would otherwise disintegrate on a grill.


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  • Calories
  • 183 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8.3 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 98 mg
  • 33%
  • Fat
  • 2.5 g
  • 4%
  • Fiber
  • 3 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 21.5 g
  • 43%
  • Sodium
  • 12850 mg
  • 514%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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