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Why Do Marylanders Prefer Steamed Crabs?

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If you’re going to eat crabs in Maryland, you’ve gotta do it the Maryland way: steamed.

Everyone who has ever heard the word “Maryland” knows that Marylanders absolutely love steamed crabs. However, how did steamed crabs become such a Maryland tradition? Why do Marylanders prefer their crabs served steamed instead of any other way?

The Flavor is Irresistible

Boiling is the most traditional way of cooking crabs, but it doesn’t offer the most in terms of crabby flavor. When boiling crabs, all of the delicious juices and flavors get sucked into the water. Steamed crabs are a Maryland favorite because all of the crabby flavor stays inside of the shell, instead of being wasted in the water. If you love the taste of real Maryland crab and don’t like a watered down mess, always choose steamed crabs over boiled crabs.

It’s a Party

One of the biggest social events that Marylanders love hosting and attending over the course of the summer is the crab feast. Everyone gathers together with mallets and plenty of napkins to dig into a massive pile of steamed crabs. While some people might think of eating piles of seafood as a weird way to spend a summer afternoon, it’s no different than Thanksgiving! Marylanders love using crab parties as a way to get together with friends and family, enjoy delicious food at the peak of the season, and spend time outdoors. We are so proud of our area and our Bay, and enjoying steamed crabs while the warm sunny breeze blows is one of the best ways to enjoy all that Maryland has to offer.

Your Crab Destination this Summer

Costas Inn has been a Baltimore tradition since 1971. You may recognize our restaurant, which was recently featured on the Food Network with Michael Symon on Burgers, Brew, and ‘Que! We were also voted the 2015 #1 Baltimore Seafood Restaurant by USA Today, as well as #1 Crab Restaurant 2014 in the Baltimore Business Journal. You may have also spotted Costas Inn during one of our 9 appearances on the Today Show or heard one of our many interviews on WJZ TV Channel 13 with Ron Matz and Marty Bass.

You can enjoy our famous crab cakes in-house or order them online for anytime eating. We also provide some of the best seafood catering in the Baltimore area! You can also get your fill from Costas even when you’re not in our dining room: follow us on Facebook, TwitterGoogle+Pinterest, and YouTube!

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Costas Inn
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4100 Northpoint Blvd. Baltimore , Maryland
410-477-1975 URL of Map Categories: Seafood Price Range: $$ Takes Reservations: yes
Costas Inn
5 stars - based on 695 reviews
4100 North Point Boulevard Baltimore , Maryland 21222
(410) 477-1975 URL of Map Categories: Seafood & Crabs Price Range: $$ Takes Reservations: yes