Steamed Blue Crabs

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Serves 4

  • 12 ounces beer
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅓ cup Old Bay Seasoning, divided use
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 dozen large blue crabs


  1. Set up a steamer on the stovetop – steamer insert should be 2-3 inches above the liquid in the bottom of the pan.
  2. Whisk together beer, vinegar, water and 1 tablespoon Old Bay in the bottom of the steamer. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  3. Layer crabs on the steamer insert, seasoning each layer with the remaining Old Bay Seasoning and salt. Cover and steam 25-30 minutes, until bright orange with no hints of blue or green. Serve with mallets and picks on newspaper-lined table.
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