Steamed Blue Crab

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Ingredients

  • light beer about ¾ cup
  • plain white distilled vinegar about ¾ cup
  • Live blue crab about 3-6 per person, depending on size
  • Old Bay seasoning to taste, plus more for serving
  • melted butter for serving (optional)

Instructions

  • Add equal parts beer and vinegar to the bottom of a large steamer pot, about 1 inch.
  • Bring the liquid to a boil, then add a single layer of live crabs. Be careful, they'll put up a fight!
  • Sprinkle the crabs liberally with Old Bay seasoning, then repeat with 2-3 more layers of crabs, but no more than 4 total. Make sure the liquid is at a rolling boil.
  • Cover and steam for about 8-12 minutes, depending on size. Larger crabs (#1's) will take 12 minutes, slightly smaller crabs (#2's) about 10 minutes, and smaller crabs about 8 minutes. Set a timer.
  • Line a big table with newspaper or brown paper bags, then dump the steamed crabs out on top. Repeat with the rest of your crabs until they're all used up.
  • Serve immediately with extra old bay, melted butter, corn on the cob and plenty of ice cold beer