How to Eat Blue Crabs!

by Dave on July 3, 2008

For those of you visiting the area who have yet to try our Delmarvelous delicacy, here’s a tip from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science on how to eat blue crabs:

Techniques for picking and cleaning the meat from a steamed hard-shelled crab are as different as the people who catch them. Some people go at it with a mallet, crushing all the delicate membrane into the succulent meat and leaving too much waste behind. Others take their time, watch how their neighbors extract large juicy chunks of the crab, and find their own unique way of getting the most meat for their labor. The masters of picking steamed crabs rarely talk…they eat!

Here are the basics, with variations you may wish to try, whether you are an old hand or just beginning. If you are picking crabs for a recipe or for storage, put more meat in the bowl than in your mouth!

Go to the VIMS web site for the rest.

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