Steamed Blue Crabs


Atlantic blue crab recipe steamed over a boil of Old Bay seasoning and beer. Show your friends you have that certain "craboir faire" with this one.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins


  • 3 cups beer

  • 3 cups distilled white vinegar

  • ¾ cup seafood seasoning (such as Old Bay®), divided

  • ½ cup salt

  • 36 live blue crabs


  1. Combine beer, vinegar, 1/2 cup seafood seasoning, and salt 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 the mouth.

  3. Fit a screen over simmering beer mixture and layer crabs on the screen.

  4. Cover and steam crabs until they turn bright orange and no blue-green color remains, 20 to 30 minutes. Sprinkle with 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 (per serving)

183 Calories
3g Fat
8g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 183
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Sodium 3548mg 154%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 107mg 8%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 452mg 10%

* 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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