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    Blue Crabs Steamed Maryland Style

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    2 hrs 30 mins

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    Serves: 8-10



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    1. 1
      Also need 1 Large Pot with a raised rack at least 2-4 inches.
    2. 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. 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. 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. 5
      with the lid on!
    6. 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. 7
      Repeat until all Crabs are Steamed, changing the vinegar and water and adding new "seasoning" to each new batch.
    8. 8
      Serve at once with extra "seasoning" and "crab mallets" to break open claws.
    9. 9
      Or store in brown paper bags in the fridge until needed 4-5 days (NO LONGER!!!).

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 25, 2007


      Growing up in the heart of Marylands Eastern Shore & working on Crab boats. I Grew up eating Crabs and I gotta say you got the recipe perfect... I was actually gonna post one but I reckon I don't have to :) Thanks!

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    • on November 18, 2006


      As a Chesapeake Bay life-long resident, we have layered the LIVE crabs and seasoning as you fill the pot. A crab steamer is a large pot with colander style holes in the botton, which fits into a solid pan - into which you add the liquid. A rack in a REALLY large pot will work for a small # of crabs, at a time. If you have JUMBO crabs, (now @ $60/dozen ) - you can estimate 6 crabs per person. Smaller crabs will need a few more. The most important accompaniment is as the late, great Chuck Thompson would say -"Ain't the beer cold !!" ! Also, you don't need high quality beer, you won't taste it, with the hot seasonings -- but PLENTY of it! YUMMMM!

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    • on November 10, 2004


      This is the ONLY way to do blue crabs. I use Beer instead of the water with the vinegar, it seems to add a little something extra. I don't change the water in between, just add more liquid. If you make a blue crab any other way, you should be shot.

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    Nutritional Facts for Blue Crabs Steamed Maryland Style

    Serving Size: 1 (382 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 100.3
    Calories from Fat 0
    Total Fat 0.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 23.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 4.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 1.9 g
    Protein 0.0 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    jumbo male blue crabs

    Old Bay Seasoning

    morton's coarse kosher salt

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