Blue Crabs and the Crab Nets - Boxhill Crabcakes


Blue Crabs and the Crab Nets

blue-crabsWhile many of us have enjoyed a steamed crab or a crab cake made from a blue crab, few of us have gone out and caught the crabs ourselves. In fact, if many of us were asked to go out and catch a blue crab, we wouldn’t have the slightest idea how to begin.

Before you begin to attempt to use crab nets or crab pots to catch blue crabs, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. For one, the blue crab is nocturnal, which means that going crabbing during the evening hours or early in the morning is ideal. They are also extremely fast and can be extremely painful if you aren’t careful. If you try to simply dive for a crab as you watch it go across the water, you are likely to either miss completely or get pinched by its claws.

Crab nets should be small and easy to maneuver in order to catch these quick creatures. The netting should be shallow to make it easier to get the crab out of once caught. A wide mesh is also helpful to allow the net to cut through the water quickly without much resistance. In some cases, simply waiting for the blue crabs to swim by is enough. However, if you don’t have the time to sit and wait, crab pots can be used as well.

These pots are made from wire and are attached to a boat or pier. A fish carcus or some type of raw meat is placed within the pot to attract the blue crabs, and an opening is used to allow the crabs to enter but not escape.

Located in Abingdon, Maryland, our crab cakes are available year round and can be ordered online to be shipped straight to your front door. Order online here or call us at (410)-515-3662. If you ever have any questions or comments about Box Hill or our Maryland crab cakes, use our contact form here.

Here are the easy cooking steps for your crab cakes:

  1. For 8-10 minutes, preheat your over at a temperature of 425 degrees.
  2. Use a pan without grease, using only a small amount of butter or water to cook your crab cakes on.
  3. Cook crab cakes for about 20 minutes, depending on your oven. Crab cakes should be firm and have a golden brown top with an internal temperature of 145 degrees.


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