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How to Steam Fresh Blue Crabs | Kita Roberts GirlCarnivore

How to Steam Fresh Blue Crabs

Grab a bushel of crabs and a case of beer.  It's time to enjoy the bounty of the Chesapeake!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 228kcal


  • Old Bay
  • 2 - 4 beers plus more for socializing (I like a light beer for this)
  • water
  • 6 lbs Blue Crabs fresh, living and a little feisty


  • Mix enough water and beer in the pot of the steamer to get a rolling boil as per the manufacturers directions for your steamer.
  • Arrange the crabs in a single layer in the steamer pot and sprinkle with a thick coating of Old Bay. Arrange another layer over top and repeat. 
  • Place the steam pot over the boiling water and cover the lid tightly. You will be working in batches, so don't try to fit them all in.
  • Steam the crabs until cooked through, checking after 15 to 20 minutes to see how things are going. Depending on how big your pot is, how many crabs you packed in there will determine how long the steaming takes. The crabs will have turned a beautiful bright red color when done.
  • With the steamer pot carefully removed from the boiling water, pour out your first batch onto the table and begin the second batch for steaming.
  • Meanwhile, pick some crabs.


Calories: 228kcal | Protein: 49g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 2275mg | Potassium: 555mg | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 19.1mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 1.6mg