Steamed Blue Crab Recipe

1 Fill the bottom of a steamer pot with water, salt, and other seasonings. Fill your steamer pot with 4 cups (950 ml) of water so it’s surface is below where the rack sits. Stir in ½ cup (54 g) of seafood seasoning, 1 tablespoon (17 g) of salt, and whatever other spices you want to include with your crab.

You can find steamer pots online or in specialty kitchenware stores.
Try mixing other liquids into the water, such as lemon juice, light beer, or vinegar, to add more flavor.

2 Put the rack inside the pot and bring the liquid to a rolling boil. Set the steamer rack on the lip inside the pot. Put the steamer pot onto your stove over high heat. Reduce your stove to medium heat once the water starts boiling.
If the water level is above the rack, drain some of the liquid.
If your steamer pot has a basket instead of a rack, set the basket inside so it’s above the water.

3 Set a layer of whole crabs on the rack and season them. Grab the crabs with a pair of tongs to transfer them into your steamer pot. Create a single layer of crabs before sprinkling each with 1 tablespoon (7 g) of extra seasoning. If you need to make more crabs, continue layering them on top of one another and seasoning them. Once you have all of your crabs in the steamer, put the lid on so they can cook.

You can use either fresh or frozen blue crabs. Make sure frozen crabs are completely thawed before you cook them. You do not need to kill them or clean them beforehand.

4 Cook the crabs for about 20 minutes or until they’re bright orange. Leave your steamer over medium heat for at least 20 minutes. Remove the lid and check the color of the crabs’ shells. The shell should change from a dark blue to a bright red or orange.

Another way to check if the crabs are finished cooking is if the bottom of their bellies start to pop out and away from their body.

5 Remove the crabs from the pot and serve them hot. Grab your crabs with a pair of tongs and set them on a clean baking sheet. Let the crabs cool for 5 minutes so they’re easier to handle. Break apart the shell so you can eat the meat inside.
Wear a bib or tuck a napkin into your shirt so you don’t spill crab on yourself.
Cooked crab lasts in the fridge for 3-5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.