One of the joys of summer is enjoying the wonderful seasonal foods. It is just so easy to entertain when you can pick up some fresh produce from the farm stand and hit the local fish market for the fresh catch of the day. One of our favorite summer meals is an old fashioned crab boil!
Steamed Maryland Blue Crabs
For each potful of crabs:
- 2 (12-ounce) cans beer
- 4 cups water
- 1 (8-ounce) packet crab boil seasoning, usually available where crabs are purchased
- 2 sticks butter, melted (optional)
- Brown packaging paper for covering table
- 4 gallon crab pot, with tight-fitting lid
- Heavy garden gloves
- Wooden mallets or hammers
- Small paring knives
Cover tables, preferably outdoors, with brown packaging paper and tape. For each pot of crabs, add water, beer, and approximately 1/4 packet of crab boil seasoning to pot. Bring to boil. With gloves on, remove crabs from bushel, you may have to pull them apart (carefully!) and put/shake a few at a time into pot. It is best to grab them from behind to avoid the claws, as their legs only move forward. Add enough crabs to fill bottom of pot. Sprinkle more crab boil seasoning over first layer of crabs. Continue, alternating crabs and seasoning until pot is nearly full, leaving about an inch at the top. Cover tightly. Steam over high heat for 14 to 16 minutes, or until shells are bright orange. Halfway through cooking time, shake pot to redistribute seasoning. When done, remove pot from heat. Drain over sink the accumulated liquid from pot. Spread crabs onto large tray; place in center of table where guests help themselves. Serve with small dishes of melted butter and, for those who like added seasoning, place small bowls of extra crab boil seasoning on table.
Recipe via the Food Network.
Please visit the Cottage and Bungalow website to see our full line of Beach style serving pieces. You can select from Pop’s Lobsters, Taste of the Low Country, Palmetto Tree or Blue Crab patterns. These are a cheery addition to any summer table.
Our artist can also personalize any piece with your name for an additional $25. Call us at 877-441-9222 if you would like to take advantage of that option.