Ever wondered how to eat a steamed blue crab? Being from Maryland...summertime means picking crabs. Everyone usually has their own style...but I am going to show you mine...the Maryland way.
There are very few things you need.
1. Newspaper to be placed on the table...picking crabs can get messy!
2. A knife to help you get the meat out.
3. A mallet in case you have a problem breaking open the claws...but not used to beat the crab!
4. Paper towels...like I said before...pickin crabs can be messy!
5. The most important...STEAMED CRABS!
Items you need
Now, pick a crab, and introduce yourself!
The first thing you want to do is take the legs and claws off. Pull back the opposite way they are bent. At each knuckle, you can bend them the opposite way of their natural bend. Each leg has crab meat in them.
You repeat this process with the claws too. You may need to use your mallet at the corner of the claw. Sometimes, this helps get the claw meat out.
Flip the crab over, belly side up. you will see a point or triangle. This tells you if the crab is male or female. However, I call it the special lever. Pull up on this point and pull the crab apart.
Now, this is where it gets messy! You want to clear off anything that does not look appetizing...especially the lungs...CLEAN OFF COMPLETELY! The lungs are on each side of the crab with a sponge- like texture.
But I have to tell you...a true Marylander or an experienced crab eater...will eat the crabs "fat" or "mustard".
Now this is what I like to call the "Crab Dance"...you are going to break the crab in half.
Then take your knife, and split each half down the middle.
And now...you pick the crab meat out and ENJOY!
Check out this great video on HOW TO EAT A STEAMED CRAB!