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by Nathan Glass June 15, 2022 2 min read 14 Comments

Should You Boil or Steam Blue Crabs?


The age old question. Everyone has their own opinion on whether boiling or steaming your blue crabs produce the best results. Much like lots of other food recipes and ingredients, individuals from varying regions of the country pick a side and do anything to defend their stance. Today, we’ll dive deep into both sides of the argument to hopefully inspire you to make a decision.

 

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Boiling Crabs


Majority of blue crab eaters on the eastern coastline tend to stick to one method of cooking crabs: boiling. Most of the time, its straight into boiling water, no seasoning added. Other times, it will be doused in buckets of Cajun seasoning for those that can get with the heat. 


For those who that let the blue crabs take the plunge, they argue that boiling water results in more flavor due to the crab soaking in the liquid, thus absorbing it all and making it much tastier to eat. When steaming, the flavors get lost and remain only on the surface of the crab’s shell. 


Seasoning becomes much easier when boiling crabs. By pouring your go-to seafood salt, you create a delicious bath concoction, evenly distributed throughout, for your blue crabs to remain moist. On the other hand, when steaming crabs, they are unable to soak up the mix.


Not only does boiling crabs create a great texture to the sweet meat, but once the feast has finished, you are left with an incredible seafood broth that can be used as repurposed stock in soups, dipping sauces, etc. 2-for-1 action!

 

Steaming Crabs


Marylanders, like myself, have decided that there is only one way to cook a crab and that is by steaming. Blue crab-enthusiasts swear by this method and if asked whether they’ve ever thought of boiling, be prepared for some strong words.


Crab steamers can agree that steaming blue crabs using a good light beer and some Old Bay seasoning, cooks the crabs faster and more efficiently without the concern of water logging. When boiling your crabs, the sweet meat becomes overwhelmingly seasoned. By steaming, you protect the natural taste of the cooked blue crab meat, while adding a touch of salt.


Steaming is not as risky as boiling. Sometimes, boiling crabs can result in overcooked wet crab, making it increasingly more difficult to clean and eat. By removing the direct contact of liquid, you maximize the sweetness and texture of the delicate meat. Oftentimes prepared to an oven, steaming allows the crab meat to cook in its natural juices for the ultimate crab taste.

 

Which method do you prefer and why? Leave a response in the comments below! Receive $40 OFF Crab Lobster Set here. Add to cart, checkout, and the code should be applied.

 

 


14 Responses

Michael
Michael

June 25, 2022

I have done both ways and I like steamed because meat isn’t water logged with Old Bay. no beer !! please.11

Roger Austin
Roger Austin

June 21, 2022

Never had blue crab!
Brent Lynch
Brent Lynch

June 20, 2022

After doing both, steaming in a 1/3 beer, 1/3apple cider vinegar, 1/3 salted water, with a ton of Old bay or JO2 is the only way to cook crab/shrimp. Much better texture, way easier to hull, suck the seasoning off the freakin’ shell👌🏼

Troy
Troy

June 19, 2022

Steamed with JO #2 seasoning !
Old Bay is overrated

David Mallonee
David Mallonee

June 18, 2022

Steamed. With beer and Old Bay. Boiled? BOILED?!?!?! These aren’t hot dogs, you heathens!

Jake
Jake

June 18, 2022

Steamed, steamed, steamed! I’ve converted several die-hard “crab boilers” over to steaming. Every time I eat crabs that someone has boiled I just want to cry for the injustice done to the crabmeat!

Jake Herrick
Jake Herrick

June 18, 2022

Steamed, steamed, steamed! I’ve converted several die-hard “crab boilers” over to steaming. Every time I eat crabs that someone has boiled I just want to cry for the injustice done to the crabmeat!

Jim
Jim

June 17, 2022

steamed here in Virginia also. But if you boiled them I am eating and not complaining. After all, it is blue crab.

Nonnie DeBardeleben
Nonnie DeBardeleben

June 17, 2022

Boiled!! Have eaten them both ways and boiled is the best.
BTW- Mississippi ships a lot of our #1 Blue Crabs up to the East

Jim Miculka
Jim Miculka

June 17, 2022

Barbecued is the way to go here in Southeast Texas. Otherwise steamed.

Patti Jennings
Patti Jennings

June 17, 2022

Most definitely steamed with lots of Old Bay and since we purchased the crab/lobster tool set it couldn’t be easy to eat. Love my Maryland Blue Crabs, just wished we lived closer.

Cerbius
Cerbius

June 17, 2022

Steaming them
Maryland got Blue Crabs
An JO #2 the way to go not Old Bay like some think.

Jeff hendershot
Jeff hendershot

June 17, 2022

In Maryland the only way is steamed, however with JO seasoning not as most people think we use Old Bay.

Laurie Morris
Laurie Morris

June 17, 2022

Definitely boiled!

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