Cooking Crabs-An Overview

In case are cooking crabs for the first time, you might get overwhelmed. However, do not be afraid as cooking anything takes time to learn and as time goes by, you will just get better. You have the option of getting live crabs or frozen ones. If you buy live crabs, then you may not be up to killing it. So, just place the crab in the freezer for about an hour. This will put the crab to sleep and you can go about cooking it. After an hour, remove the crab from freezer, lift up the flap of the tail and insert a skewer into the tiny dent that see. Move the skewer from one side to the other and keep pushing it until it comes out from the mouth. Now, fill a large saucepan with water and put in ample salt into it. Bring the water to boil and then lower the skewered crabs into the boiling water. Allow the crabs to boil for about 20 minutes. After that drain out the water and rinse the boiled crab in fresh running water. Once the crabs cool down and you can touch them, put of the legs and claws. This can be done using a heavy knife or angled tweezers. read more

Then, place the crab upside down and put pressure on the center of the shell. Make sure that while you are doing this, you are also pushing it up and out. This will allow the stomach to come out of the mouth. Thereafter, remove the gills and use a knife to quarter the crab into four. Remove the flesh from the quartered pieces. Once you have finished with the body, start with the claws and legs. Crack open the claws and legs with the help of a rolling pin and then take out the flesh. You will notice that you have white as well as brown meat from the crab. You can season the meat with lime juice and pepper and serve it. Or, you can make a crab salad or crab soup. While cooking crab is time consuming, the results are worth it. So, do not hesitate to cook crab. If you have never tried it before, use the aforementioned instructions and get cracking!