Maryland's Pride and Joy...
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Blue Claw Crabs!

Summer time --and the living is easy.

...seeHow to pick a Maryland blue claw crab!

It's a perfect summer night to hang out with friends in the back yard and eat crabs. Not just any old crabs, mind you, but the real thing. Chesapeake Bay Blue Claw Crabs, from the Maryland side, of course!

As dusk turns to dark, all deliciously warm and muggy, the crickets are a' chirpin', the lightning bugs are blinkin', and that's what a Maryland summer's --all about.

Mmmmmm. We just cooked a bushel of crabs. How much closer to heaven can one be? The smell, the aroma.... of the Old Bay Crab Spice still lingering in the air. The Silver Queen white corn was succulent, dripping sugar water. Also consumed were two pounds of spiced shrimp and 100 baby clams. I'm not telling how much Bud was consumed. :)

maryland crab feast
Ummmm. Fresh, Hot Crabs.....

How to Steam Blue Crabs
  • 3 cups water or beer (or a combination)

  • As many as you can eat, live, hard-shell Maryland blue crabs

1 cup seafood seasoning mix, such as Old Bay in the bottom pot of a double boiler-style steamer or in a large pot with a steaming rack and a tight-fitting lid, pour the water or beer and bring to a boil.

Get ready with tongs or ear n heavy gloves. When the water is boiling, add the crabs to the top pan of the double boiler or to the large pot, a few at a time, Move quickly! Generously add  Old Bay to the layers of crabs. Quickly cover the pan. Steam for about 15-20 minutes.

old bay seasoning We love to use Old Bay Seasoning on our crabs. If you live in an area that doesn't sell Old Bay, here's a crab recipe that you can make yourself at home. Good on all types of seafood, chicken, too!

1 tbls celery seed
1 tbls whole black peppercorns
6 bay leaves
1/2 tsp whole cardamom
1/2 tsp mustard seed
4 whole cloves
1 tsp Sweet Hungarian paprika
1/4 tsp mace
In a spice grinder or small food processor, combine all of the ingredients.
Grind well and store in a glass jar.

Crabby Links

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The Crab Place -Purchase crabs via the internet! They ship overnight, anywhere in the world!
Smith Island Maryland's only inhabited off-shore island in the Chesapeake Bay
The Maryland Watermen's Association
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Softcrab E X P R E S S
Crabs with Class Nautical Gifts
Linton's Seafood
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