Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

A wonderful way to prepare fresh crabs. Especially fun if you add some iced cold beer for drinking while you pick crab meat. This recipe is meant for use with live crabs. If they're cleaned first, the meat is exposed and it will be entirely too spicy.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring water, beer, crushed red pepper, bay leaves and Old Bay Seasoning to a boil in a 6 qt pot.
  2. Drop in crabs.
  3. Cook 15-20 minutes once liquid returns to boil.
  4. Serve hot.


Most Helpful

This is my 1st time using beer. I clean my crabs 1st so 1/2 cup of red pepper was HOT!!! Although my husband loved it that way. I also put the lid on during boil. Not sure if that was ok or not,but it worked.

NessaContessa September 06, 2006

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