Boiled Hard Crabs


If you are going to serve boiled or steamed hard crabs, a coastal favorite, you can dress them before or after cooking. It’s a matter of personal preference.

  • 3 dozen live blue crabs
  • 6 quarts water
  • Old Bay Seafood Seasoning (or other)
  • salt

Season and salt water according to seasoning package directions. Bring to rolling boil. Place crabs in water. Cover and boil until crabs reach an internal temperature of 158° F and remain there for at least 1 minute, about 15 minutes.

Contributed by Joyce Taylor  From: Mariner’s Menu: 30 Years of Fresh Seafood Ideas