I love these blue crab recipes. This tasty crustacean is found in the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean off the East coast of the U.S. and the Pacific coast of Central America.
Many people immediately associate blue crabs with the many delicious recipes that come from the Chesapeake Bay area in Maryland.
In fact, steamed crabs from Maryland has a huge following with many crab eaters.
A trip to the Chesapeake Bay area will often end up with a trip to one of the area restaurants that specialize in steamed crabs and other blue crab recipe dishes.
The thought of the blue crab conjures up thoughts of delicious recipes highlighting its sweet and delicate crab meat.
Blue Crab Recipes
Some of the popular recipes and dishes include Maryland Style steamed crabs, crab imperial, jambalaya, cocktail claws, crab cakes, chowder, soups, stewed, boiled crabs and deep fried soft shell blue crabs.
However you cook and prepare blue crabs and its sweet, delicious meat, it is hard to prepare it incorrectly.
Some people may not care to pick the crabmeat, because it is a little time consuming. However the time spent picking out the meat is time well spent.
You can also buy crabmeat already picked and cleaned. Just be sure to get good quality crab meat such as that from the Chesapeake Bay area of Maryland.
Blue Crab Cakes Recipe
There are many different delicious variations of this recipe, but here is a standard version.
• 1 to 1 /2 pounds of blue crab meat
• 1 teaspoon dry mustard
• 2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
• 1/2 teaspoon of Old Bay Seasoning
• 2 teaspoons of parsley
• 1 egg
• 1/2 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
• 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise
Mix your ingredients then the bread crumbs and crab meat. Next you will make and shape the mixture into patties. Make them the size you like but do not be stingy. Next you will either pan fry in hot oil or cook off in the oven broiler. Enjoy with tarter sauce, cocktail sauce, horseradish sauce or plain.
Basket of Maryland Style Steamed Blue Crabs
This is a perennial favorite with many crab aficionados around the world. This delicious shellfish dish is also easy to make. You only need a few simple ingredients and cooking tools to make this yourself to enjoy at home, beach or cookout location.
First you will need a large steamer pot to hold the live blue crabs. Steamer pots are fairly inexpensive and affordable for most people. It is a must-have kitchen tool in order to properly prepare this recipe.
Steps to make:
- Place steamer pot on stove burner
- Place about three inches of water in steamer pot
- Put in a steamer plate or a few bunched up balls of foil
- Place a layer of live blue crabs in pot
- Liberally sprinkle a layer of Old Bay Seasoning on top of crabs
- Put another layer of live blue crabs
- Then put another layer of Old Bay Seasoning down to cover the crabs
- Turn up the heat
- Cover pot and steam until the crab turn an orange/red color
- Old Bay Steamed Blue Crabs: A simple recipe for the ages.
Additional Delicious Crab and Shellfish Recipes:
Steamer Pots for Cooking Crabs
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Try these blue crab recipes. These hard shelled critters are delicious however you prepare the coastal shellfish delicacies.