About CrabPlace.com crabs—In 1989, the Maryland Blue Crab
(Callinectes sapidus Rathbun) was designated the State Crustacean. Its name honors Mary Jane Rathbun, the scientist
who described the species in 1896. The blue crab's scientific name translates as "beautiful swimmer that is savory."
Blue crab meat is sometimes compared to lobster meat,
the flavor best appreciated by cracking and eating steamed hardshells. Crabs are prepared in restaurants and in home
kitchens, steamed or sauteed, as Maryland crab
and Crab Imperial
, or in
CrabPlace.com has been perfecting the art of shipping Maryland jumbo crabs over the last 14 years to its base of tens of thousands of customers across the U.S. You won't find a finer gourmet experience.
Steaming—Prepare a large two-part steamer pot by placing the boiler pot on the stove or
grill and adding to it enough water, vinegar and flat beer in equal parts to cover the bottom by half an inch. Bring
the liquid to a full boil. Add Crabplace.com hand-selected live crabs. Layer the crabs in the steamer pot and add seasoning to taste.
Cover the steamer and place it on the boiler pot letting the crabs steam until they're bright red (approx 20 minutes).
Re-heating—If re-heating already steamed crabs, reduce steam time to 5 minutes and test
a crab by cracking a claw. If the meat is hot, the crabs are done. If the meat is not hot, allow the crabs to steam
for another 5 minutes and test again.
You can also reheat steamed crabs in the microwave. Place a damp
paper towel over them to keep them moist and cook on high for 1 to 2 minutes. Or warm them in the oven for
approximately 10 minutes at 375 degrees.
Cover your table with heavy brown paper or newspaper and set out crab mallets, crab
knives, plastic beer cups, paper towels, vinegar and melted butter for dipping, and extra seasoning. Dump the hot
crabs in the middle. Be sure to grab one before they are gone! There is no appreciable loss of quality from reheating,
but keep in mind that the crabs have already been cooked, and that steaming longer than 10 minutes will cause the meat
to dry out.
Although we season our steamed crabs before they are shipped, adding seasoning will make
your steamed crab experience more memorable. We recommend Old Bay Seasoning available in most grocery stores.