Rating: 4.76 stars
21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

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.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
40 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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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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  • Combine 1/2 cup seafood seasoning, salt, beer, and vinegar in a large stockpot over high heat. Bring to a strong simmer.

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  • Right before cooking, carefully place each crab upside down and stick a knife through the shell, just behind mouth.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

183 calories; protein 21.5g; carbohydrates 8.3g; fat 2.5g; cholesterol 98.3mg; sodium 3548.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (21)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2009
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! Read More
(37)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/12/2018
Very good, however we added J.O.'s seasoning and it was sensational. Read More
(2)
21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2009
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! Read More
(37)
Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2010
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! Read More
(34)
Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2009
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! Read More
(29)
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Rating: 4 stars
10/18/2013
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. Read More
(17)
Rating: 4 stars
04/26/2010
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. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2014
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 kosher salt on crabs with each layer. Da Bomb! Remember folks, it's gotta be Old Bay. Except no substitute ! Dip in mixture of Vinegar and Season-All (season salt) or Old Bay. What a Maryland treasure. Thanks Steve for posting. Read More
(9)
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2011
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. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2009
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2011
Easy and delish! Went to a fresh seafood market while at Myrtle Beach and impressed my husband! Read More
(3)
Rating: 3 stars
04/12/2018
Very good, however we added J.O.'s seasoning and it was sensational. Read More
(2)