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Oct 30, 2007 11:23 PM

Favorite Preparation for Cooking Crab at Home [moved from San Francisco board]

With the recent talk of the upcoming crab season, what's everyone's favorite way of cooking crab at home?

I typically choose 1 of 3 ways myself...

1)I usually go for dungeness crab, plain boil with a little salt and dip it with Lemon, pepper & salt.

2)Cajun seafood boil, with cajun style seasoning in a big pot, crab, shrimp, corn, onions, potatoes and garlic.

3)Wok stirfried with ginger, green onion and garlic and some other seasonings.

What do other folks do? would love to hear suggestions for my next crab craving.

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  1. I usually just get legs. Sometimes I what you do in (2) but often I just brush them with olive oil or melted butter, dust them Old Bay and toss them straight on the grill.

    1. I didn't have access to much more than blue crabs for most of my life, and we always boiled them with garlic, onions, ginger and peppercorns with perhaps some lemon or, if we were feeling festive, with a cajun-style crab boil.

      Now that I live on a coast, there's a lot more variety and accordingly I'm a lot more experimental. Recently I tried my hand at Singaporean chili crab, stir-frying dungeness crabs in a flavorful and spicy tomato sauce perfumed with the scents of lemongrass and ginger. Although a little more work than just throwing some crabs into boiling water, it was incredibly good with some bread on the side to sop up the sauce with the crabmeat.

      1. Enjoy Dungeness, King, or Snow crab on a weekly basis at home. Nothing better for me than a couple of pounds of crab for lunch on Saturday, or Sunday watching some football, cracking some crabs, and sipping some beer and tequilla.

        I steam my crab exclusively. Typically a bottle of beer, Old Bay, Some Krystal hot sauce, onions, & celery stalks in my steaming liquid.

        Sometimes I do a crab boil with the same steaming liquid, red potatoes, Kilbasa, Corn on the cob, crab, and shrimp.

          1. Steamed with Old Bay seasoning, beer, and vinegar. Serve with corn on the cob and sliced ripe tomatoes. Don't forget the roll of paper towels, plunked directly on the table. I lived in B'more too long....