Carolina Blue Crab

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One of my favorite things to do when vacationing at the Carolina Coast, is crabbing. It was an activity a local suggested and ended up being one of the highlights of the trip. I grew up fishing in Ohio and some days the fish just aren't biting, but with crabbing, you're going to catch some. So the whole family really enjoyed the adventure. Of course, just like with fishing, you can always catch and release, but if you do want to try some Carolina Blue Crab, this is how you should prepare them.

Boiled Blue Crab

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 4th of july, American, Vacation
Servings: 4
Calories: 85kcal
Author: SatMorning21


  • 8 large Blue Crab
  • 1 Lemon
  • 3 TB Butter melted


  • Bring large pot of water to a boil. The pot should be filled half full, I recommend cooking them in batches, so with 8 crabs 2 batches of 4.
  • Add the crabs to the water and cover. This with boil/steam the crabs. Cook for 10-12 minutes. You want to make sure the shells turn bright red.
  • Scoop the crabs out and drain in a colander in the sink.
  • That's it! Crack them open and enjoy with lemon and melted butter.


Above I say crack them open, but it is a little more involved. I always start with the claws. Use scissors (or your hands) and crack them open and pull out the meat.
Next, the body. Turn upside down and pry off the under belly of the crab. Once this is done, you'll see the crab's gills. Don't eat those! Remove them, and then pick out the meat under the gills.
Hope this helps!


Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 262IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg



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