Eating a Blue Crab - Boxhill Crabcakes


Eating a Blue Crab

As Marylanders are embracing the warmer weather, many of us are looking forward to the summer months when crabs are consumed the traditional way, by hand. Most of those living in Maryland are longing for the days of sitting outside with friends and family eating a bushel of Maryland blue crabs. However, newcomers to our state may not know the best way to eat a blue crab, or how to eat one at all! Here are some tips on how to best eat our favorite crustacean, the Maryland blue crab.


  1. Before attacking your blue crab, prepare your eating area. Lay down some brown paper or newspaper to protect your table. Have some paper towels and bowls of water to clean of your hands when you’re done.
  2. Begin by pulling the large claw and smaller legs from the sides of the crab. This will make it easier to manage your crab. Set aside your claws for later, but toss away the smaller legs.
  3. The next step is to separate the top shell of the crab from the rest of the body. You can get rid of the top part once it has been separated.
  4. You are now able to clean your blue crab! Use your fingers to pull away the softer parts of the crab. This includes the intestines and gills of the crab. Some people will also remove the yellow “mustard” of the crab while others will consume it.
  5. Once the body of your crab has been cleaned, crack your crab in half. There may be some more innards to remove here so be aware. What will be left is delicious lump crab meat! Use your fingers to pull apart the meat from the shell, using your fork whenever there is meat your finger can’t reach.
  6. After you have consumed the larger portions of meat, turn back to your claws. Using your mallet and knife, gently crack open the claws. Then pull the meat free of the shells and enjoy!


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