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Steamed Crabs

How to Pick and Eat
Steamed Crabs

Hot Steamed Crabs

If you ask 10 people how to eat steamed crabs you may get 10 different answers. But, they will be similar and will have the same objective--to get to the delicious, sweet crab meat.

Here is our version of how to eatsteamed crabs.The following photos and descriptions should serve to get you started.

Just a few hints: Don't bother about the mess and don't rub your eyes until you have thoroughly washed your hands. Have fun. Share stories with your friends (and maybe a cold beer or two).


EATING CRABS...where adults are encouraged to wear a bib, eat with their hands, get food on the table, pound on the table, throw their leftovers in a pile, generally make a mess...and HAVE A GOOD TIME.

crab picking tools - mallet - knife - kraft paper


All you need are a mallet, a dull knife, and plenty of kraft paper (or maybe newspaper) to cover your table.

steamed crabs front claws

Remove the front claws:

Put them aside, you can come back to them later.

pull off the crab legs

Pull off the rest of the legs:

Sometimes, you get lucky and some crab meat pulls out with them. Just enjoy it.

open the crab apron

Open the apron:

Pull up the apron on the bottom of the crab and break it off.

open the carapace

Open the crab:

You can now easily pull the hard shell off of the top of the crab.

clean out the lungs - devil - deadman - mustard

Clean out:

Scrape out and discard anything that does not look appealing to you - the yellow "mustard" and the lungs (sometimes called the devil's fingers).

break the crab in half

Break in half:

You are now down to the main part of the crab. Simply grasp it in both hands and break it in half to expose the sweet crab meat.

eat the crab meat

The crab meat...

...can be found in all of the little nooks and crannies. This is some of the finest tasting seafood to be had anywhere.

Oh yes, what are the mallet and knife for? The knife (not sharp, please) helps to pull the crab meat out from all the little nooks and crannies. And the mallet - well, each large claw also contains some fine-eatin' meat - use the mallet to crack the claws. Actually, the only essential "tool" is the paper to cover the table. The mallet and knife only make things a "little" easier, but they definitely add to the fun.

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