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    best way to cook blue crab

    lots of real big ones out there at the bait shop...

    best way to eat em? boiled in some old bay or zatarans on newspapers...chow down/..or

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    add some beer to the water otherwise you got it.

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    beer yeah i fergot that..been sometime for em but man they had some big ones..
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    Crab Chilau
    24 large cleaned blue crabs
    2 pounds of fresh crabmeat
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 large onion, chopped
    1 green bell pepper, chopped
    3 cloves of garlic, minced
    2 cans (48 ounces) tomatoes with puree
    1 can tomato paste
    1 tablespoon Tabasco/Crystal hot sauce
    2 tablespoons sugar
    2 bay leaves
    1/2 teaspoon oregano
    1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning (or Zatarain’s Crab boil seasoning)
    Salt & pepper to taste
    2-3 pounds spaghetti, cooked and drained
    Bring an extra large pot ¾’s full of water to a boil, add 3 tablespoons of Old Bay Crab Boil or Zatarain’s Crab Boil and plunge crabs into water cooking until they pink. Then place in cold water until cooled. Remove the back, and clean out the crab making certain to remove the finger looking things which are the lungs. With a mallet crack the claws. Break the body into two pieces leaving the legs attached to each half. Place in a bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight.
    In a large stainless steel stock pot (not aluminum), heat olive oil, sauté onion, bell pepper and garlic until tender. Add 2 can of tomatoes with puree, add 1 can of tomato paste, and add hot sauce, sugar, bay leaves, salt/pepper, oregano, and Old Bay seasoning.
    Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer cook, stirring occasionally, until thick, about 2 hours. Cook the day before, cover and place in the refrigerator overnight. When you’re ready to serve heat the sauce and add blue crabs to sauce 30 minutes before serving time.
    Serve over cooked spaghetti with lot’s of hot buttered Cuban bread.

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    dam im droolin ova here
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    Definatly need some vinegar. Don't over fill the pot. Steam'em instead of boiling!!

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    12oz cider vinegar, 12oz beer, 12oz water.
    Use a pot that will steam not boil, separate area for the fluids.
    Steam for 30 minutes.
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    I am with the above recipe! He knows how to steam Blue Crabs Maryland style! Definitely JO#1!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottydent View Post
    Definatly need some vinegar. Don't over fill the pot. Steam'em instead of boiling!!
    You got it right Scotty. Why do people boil crabs and shrimp? Steamed with a lot of Old Bay is the way to go.Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHELLFISH View Post
    I am with the above recipe! He knows how to steam Blue Crabs Maryland style! Definitely JO#1!
    JO spice, you can tell these guys are from MD. I'm from Easteren Shore of MD.

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