Understanding the Blue Crab - Boxhill Crabcakes


Understanding the Blue Crab

Maryland-Blue-CrabWhether you have lived in Maryland your entire life or you just moved here a year ago, you have probably heard about the blue crab at some point. Whether you have headed out on the bay to drop a crab pot or have waited until the crab has made it to your dinner table, the blue crab will quickly become a part of any Marylander’s life.

However, for some Maryland residents, the blue crab remains a mystery except for a delicious meal during the summer months. So before you enjoy a crab cake or a steamed crab, learn about the blue crab that has become a favorite on your menu.

The blue crab is most known for its bright blue color, which turns red once steamed. Before steaming, the underbelly of the crab tends to have a white and green coloring. The female blue crab can be picked out by the red coloring at the tips of their claws as well as their rounded abdomen. The shells of the crabs are known to grow to be about nine inches across, with the largest on record 10.72 inches and weighing at over a pound.

The scientific name of the Maryland Blue Crab is Callinectes Sapidus. In Greek, the name translates to “beautiful swimmer that is savory” which is quite appropriate if you have ever enjoyed a blue crab. The meat of the crab is known to have a sweeter flavor than other crustaceans, but can still be savory enough to be an entire meal.

The blue crab can be found at the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay. They tend to consume whatever they can find at the bottom of the bay, which can include small fish, snails, and clams either alive or dead. Those who tend to hunt the crab include the croaker, striped bass, and of course, us!

The Blue Crab and our Crab Cakes

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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