Blue Crabs Steamed Maryland Style

Total Time
2hrs 30mins
Prep
30 mins
Cook
2 hrs
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Ingredients

Nutrition

Directions

  1. Also need 1 Large Pot with a raised rack at least 2-4 inches.
  2. Over high heat in a large crab pot with a raised rack bring equal ammounts of Cider Vinegar and water or beer to a boil.
  3. (The total ammount should be just below the raised rack about 2-3 cups of each Vinegar and water or Beer.) Mix equal ammounts of"Old Bay" seasoning and"Kosher" Salt (About 2 cups of each to start) Add 4-6 LIVE JUMBO male crabs for each layer and add the combined "seasoning" on top of the crabs.
  4. Continue with Crabs and a layer of seasoning until at least 12- 14 crabs are in the pot, cover and steam 25- 30 minutes.
  5. with the lid on!
  6. (Chop off anyones hand that tries to lift the lid too soon!) When done use tongs to lift out steamed crabs to a table covered with newspapers or brown paper.
  7. Repeat until all Crabs are Steamed, changing the vinegar and water and adding new "seasoning" to each new batch.
  8. Serve at once with extra "seasoning" and "crab mallets" to break open claws.
  9. Or store in brown paper bags in the fridge until needed 4-5 days (NO LONGER!!!).