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How to cook fresh crab

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Summer crab recipes

Fresh crabs are ample during the summer, giving you the tasty opportunity to cook them whole instead of hiding their delicious meat in crab cakes. Imagine the succulence as you crack open those crab shells and savor the crustacean's tender juicy meat. Just be careful -- live fresh crabs may just bite you back! Here are some simple crab recipes to enjoy this summer.

Summer crab recipes

Simple Sautéed Crabs

Makes 3 to 4 servings

Ingredients:
1 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
6 cloves garlic, sliced
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/4 cup wine vinegar
1 teaspoon pepper
12 live whole crabs, washed and cleaned

Directions:
1. Combine oil, poultry seasoning, salt, garlic, butter, garlic powder, vinegar and pepper in a large pot.

2. Place crabs in the pot and gently stir just to coat crabs. Cover pot and heat over medium-high heat. Stir crabs a few times and cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until crabs turn red.

3. Serve crabs with sauce poured over and a side of crusty bread for dipping.

Steamed Crabs

Makes 3 to 4 servings

Ingredients:
12 live whole crabs, washed and cleaned
Melted butter

Directions:
1. Fill a large pot with 2 inches of water, add a steamer rack to the pot, and bring to a boil.

2. Place crabs in the pot and cover with a lid. Cook 6 to 8 minutes or until crabs are red. Serve with melted butter.

Grilled Crabs

Makes 3 to 4 servings

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
2-1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
2-1/2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
12 live whole crabs, washed and cleaned

Directions:
1. Heat a grill to medium-high heat. Combine butter, garlic powder, salt and Worcestershire sauce in a small pot and stir until butter is melted.

2. Wrap crabs in aluminum foil and place on hot grill. Unwrap crabs a little and brush with the butter sauce. Wrap up again and cook, flipping once for 15 to 20 minutes or until crabs are red. Serve with additional butter sauce.

More crab recipes for summer

Succulent crab recipes low in carbs
Scrumptious crab cakes
Bagel crab salad sandwich

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