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Helpful Tips for Eating Crabs

Helpful Tips for Eating Crabs

Crabs are a delicious seafood dish often served in their shell.

Crabs are often served in their shell, making eating them challenging and messy. In order to reach the meat inside of a crab, it requires a bit of effort, requiring you to break it into pieces and dig inside using your fingers and various crab-eating utensils. I hope you brought your bib with you because listed below are some helpful tips for eating crabs.

Prepare for a Mess

Eating crabs can get messy, so it’s recommended that you set yourself and your table up with table coverings, napkins, bibs, aprons, gloves, and wet wipes to help manage the mess that comes from devouring delicious crab meat.

Using the Proper Utensils

Utilizing crab-eating utensils makes the crab-eating process a little less messy, easier, and more convenient. Breaking a crab’s shell often requires time and effort; however, using various utensils such as a crab knife, crab mallet, seafood picks, or seafood crackers can make the crab-eating experience more enjoyable and less enjoyable strenuous.

How to Eat Crabs

Step 1:

First, you want to remove the legs and claws from the crab’s body in a rotating motion. The legs typically don’t have as much meat as the body and claws but are still edible with a seasoned taste. Seafood picks are great for scooping the meat out of crab legs, ensuring that you don’t leave any excess meat behind in the shell, while seafood crackers are great for cracking the hard exterior of crab claws.

Step 2:

Next, you’ll open up the body of the crab by removing the top of its exterior shell.

Step 3:

Now that you’ve removed the top half of the crab’s shell, it’s time to clean its interior. You can use a crab knife or your finger to scrape away the inedible parts of your crab’s interior while leaving the edible parts intact.

Step 4:

Finally, it’s time to enjoy some delicious crab meat. Break your crab in half and begin removing the meat from the crab’s shell using either your fork or finger and enjoy your seafood feast.


Costas Inn has been an area icon, slinging the best crabs in Baltimore since 1971. So here’s to 50 years, and cheers to 50 more!

You may recognize our restaurant 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 and #1 Crab Restaurant 2014 in the Baltimore Business Journal. You may have also spotted Costas Inn during one of our nine 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 any time eating. We also provide some of the best seafood catering in the Baltimore area! Of course, you can also get your fill from Costas even when you’re not in our dining room: follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube!

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Costas Inn
5 stars - based on 699 reviews
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