Here are three very simple seafood recipes for preparing live lobster or blue crabs. Included are Maine Easy Boiled Lobster, Carolina Easy Boiled Blue Crab, and Lowcountry Easy Steamed Blue Crab. The first one is obviously borrowed from northen cookbooks, the last two are traditional Carolina seafood recipes.
You can find live lobsters at many Charlottte area grocery stores these days. Live blue crabs can be obtained from seafood markets on the southeastern NC coast or by crabbing for them yourself in the lowcountry inshore waters.
Maine Easy Boiled Lobster
- 6 live lobsters
- 1 gallon water
- 1 can malt beer
- ½ cup salt
- butter, melted
Pour water and beer into large kettle. Add salt, bring to a boil over high heat. Plunge lobsters head-first into boiling water. Cover and return water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. When a lobster’s leg detaches easily it is done. Remove lobsters from pan and drain. Cut shell to remove meat, serve with melted butter. Serves 6.
Easy Boiled Blue Crab
- 24 live blue crabs
- 6 quarts boiling water
- 5 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
- 2 cans beer
- salt, to taste
Add your water, beer, salt and Old Bay seasoning to a pot and bring to boil. Place live blue crabs into pot. Cover and return to boil. Reduce heat, simmer for 15 minutes. Drain. Rinse in cold water. Serve hot or cold. Serves 6.
Easy Steamed Blue Crab
Amounts for this recipe depend on how many blue crabs you have. This is for hard shelled blue crabs, not soft-shelled crabs.
- live hard shell blue crabs
- apple cider vinegar
- seafood seasoning, a lot
- butter, melted
- Tabasco sauce
- Lemon wedges
Fill your steamer stock pot just below the bottom of the steamer basket with 1 part water, 1 part beer, and 1 part apple cider vinegar. Bring to a boil. Add live hard shell blue crabs to your steamer basket, sprinkling each layer generously with seasoning.
Cover and wait for steam to escape from under lid, about 10 minutes. Continue cooking over high heat for an additional 25 minutes. Crabs will turn bright orange.
Dump your steamed blue crabs on a table covered with paper towels or newspaper and sprinkle additional seasoning on your crabs to taste. Serve with bowls of melted butter, Tabasco sauce, lemon wedges, and crackers.
For many more fish and seafood recipes see my blog A Dash Of Salty
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