Dig into these Delaware blue crabs boiled in exotic spices. Add your favorite veggies, and treat yourself to a wonderfully delicious crab feast!

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Crush the dill seed, mustard, and cumin in a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle. Pour the spices into a 5 gallon stockpot along with the chili powder, paprika, red pepper flakes, rosemary, thyme, dill, sage, and parsley. Fill the pot 3/4 full with water, and bring to a rolling boil over an intense flame.

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  • Add the blue crabs, cover the pot, and boil until all of the shells turn red, and the meat is no longer translucent, about 20 minutes. Stir the crabs occasionally as they boil to ensure even cooking.

Nutrition Facts

138.6 calories; 19.3 g protein; 7.6 g carbohydrates; 82 mg cholesterol; 264.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (6)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2009
Wonderful. As an avid crabber I use this recipe for rock crabs out here in Cali instead of buying Old Bay or Zatarans. I have most of the herbs in my garden so I can pick them fresh. Will use this recipe over and over. Thanks!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
09/11/2016
I'm sorry but boiling crabs is just plain wrong. Read More
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6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2009
Wonderful. As an avid crabber I use this recipe for rock crabs out here in Cali instead of buying Old Bay or Zatarans. I have most of the herbs in my garden so I can pick them fresh. Will use this recipe over and over. Thanks!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2008
I love Blue Crabs there's an International Market less than a mile from me where I get these all the time. This seasoning is a great addition and a change from my normal Oldbay very good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2012
Made this recipe tonight with 8 blue crabs weighing 1/2 lb each and fed two adults (served with sauteed butter garlic mushrooms). It came out great although I followed instructions from the woman selling the crabs and only boiled 14 minutes on med-high. I did not have any dill or mustard seed and I threw a little Old Bay in the pot also. Since my pot is not a 5 gallon I did 4 crabs at a time. They came out wonderful. The crabs at the top of the pot had a very mild spiced flavor and the ones that got to sit at the bottom were more heavily spiced but the crab flavor was perfect -- not overly strong and not weak or bland. Next time I will boil 2 at a time and we will eat one pair while the next pair is cooking so they don't get cold. The colder they are the harder they are to take apart. It took us almost an hour and fifteen minutes to eat but it was great for conversation! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2009
Very good! Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/11/2016
I'm sorry but boiling crabs is just plain wrong. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/30/2012
Great recipe!! The kids went crabbing over vacation so I was thrilled to try this. Added so much flavor to the already yummy crabs. Thank you!! Read More
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