Steamed Blue Crabs

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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1 h servings 183 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



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

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  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.


  • 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.



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 di...

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 t...

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 ...

**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, an...

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 laye...

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...

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

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 mi...

Boiling crabs should be a crime. I grew up in Maryland and remember my father making blue crabs this same way. The only difference, when adding crabs to the pot, he would sprinkle Old Bay and ko...

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