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How To Cook Whole Crab

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 whole crabCooking a whole live crab may seem a little daunting to many, but the chore is easier than imagined. Whole crabs taste delicious with all the juices being absorbed by the flesh. Outlined below are the steps to cook a crab whole.









Instructions To Cook Whole Crabs

Crabs are best boiled whole.     

                                                                                                                                                                  Cooking whole crab

  1. Buy live crab from market.
  2. Handle them with care and on reaching home, unwrap carefully, and wash gently. Make sure the claws are clipped since they are sharp and can harm the handler.
  3. Take a pot large enough to hold the entire crab. A 6 to 8 quart pot would do fine.
  4. Fill it with about 1 inch of water.
  5. Transfer crab into the pot and cover with a tight fitting lid.
  6. Now, turn on the heat.
  7. At medium to high heat, the crab should be ideally cooked for 15 to 20 minutes.
  8. When done, the crab would have turned orange to red in color.
  9. The cooked crab can now be broken open in the middle and flesh from center removed.
  10. Serve crab meat with desired dipping sauces and melted butter.


The cooked meat of a boiled crab can also be added to sandwiches, salads, stir-fries, fried rice etc for a wholesome culinary experience. Cooking whole crab in beer gives the crabmeat a unique taste and texture. In addition to beer, the boiling broth can be seasoned according to taste so as to flavor the crab meat. Sometimes, the steaming liquid can be reduced, concentrated, and used as a dipping sauce for the crab. Try these variations to give friends a different crab eating experience when you have them over.


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How To Cook Whole Crab