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Steamed Blue Crabs (Maryland Style)

Recipe Information
Maryland's Favorite Summertime Steamed Crabs


Serves/Makes:9 or more servings

  • 1/2 c Old Bay Seasoning
  • 3 c white vinegar
  • 3 c beer(or water)
  • 3 dozen live Maryland Blue Hardshell Crabs
  • Mix Old Bay seasoning, vinegar, and beer (or water) in a very large pot with a rack,and tight-fitting lid.
  • Bring to a FULL BOIL.
  • In the rack, add one-half of the crabs, and sprinkle more Old Bay seasoning, just enough to cover the shells abit.
  • Repeat with the remainder of crabs.
  • Steam, covered, until crabs turn a bright red color, about 40-45 minutes.
  • Serve hot or cold.
  • Note: Serve crabs immediately if to be eaten hot.
  • To serve cold. bring to room temperture and refrigerate until ready to use.
Goes well with:Corn on the Cob We Marylander's look forward to the Summertime for the Crab Season to begin.It's the BEST EVER!!!!!!!