Crab is one of the most delicious things known to man, and in Maryland cooking crabs is an art and a science. The meat inside will turn out tender, succulent, and delicious no matter how you cook crabs, but here are four of our favorite methods to get the job done.
Boiling is the most common way to cook crabs, and it works well for just about every type of crab under the sun. Start by boiling water and salt in a large deep pot. To spice it up, add Old Bay, beer, or white wine to the mixture. Add the crabs and return the water to boil again. Once the crabs begin to float after about 10-15 minutes, use tongs to remove them from the pot.
Steaming is another popular way to cook crabs that ensures all of the juices stay inside, instead of leaking out into the cooking water. Use another large pot to boil about an inch of salt water. Put a steamer basket over the top and place the crabs inside. The steaming takes about 10-20 minutes to cook crabs, depending on how big they are. Remove them once they are done and let them naturally cool or run them under cool water to speed up the process.
Grilling crab is a cool way to enjoy the sweet flavor with the smokiness of the grill. Clean the crabs thoroughly before you start and preheat the grill. Brush each crab with melted butter and place them on the surface. Cover the grill and cook the crabs until they are lightly browned. Flip them, brush with butter, and cook the other side. This way to cook crabs only takes about 10 minutes! Once they are done, take them off the grill and serve them hot.
Just like with grilling, this requires that the crabs be cleaned first. Once they are cleaned, put them in a roasting pan with melted butter, herbs, spices, shallots, garlic, or ginger. Cook them in a 500 degree oven for 10 minutes.
Delicious Crabs All Year Long with Costas Inn
Costas Inn is a family owned and operated restaurant that has been serving the Baltimore area for over 40 years. In 2015, we were voted Baltimore’s best seafood restaurant by USA Today (and we have a feeling it has something to do with our excellent crabs). Enjoy our crab cakes in our restaurant or order them online to be delivered to your doorstep in time for all of your resolutions. Still hungry? Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest for more.
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