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Steam Boil Crab Recipe

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  • Author: Hazel Roddy
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings


This is how to cook and freeze a crab to keep its best quality for as long as possible.


  • Crabs
  • A large pot
  • A pair of tongs
  • Large colander
  • Towel
  • Salt
  • Mallet
  • Freezer bags
  • Plastic wrap
  • Straw
  • Aluminum foil
  • Marker


  1. The first step is to cook the whole crab before freezing it so that the meat does not discolor when stored in the freezer. Fill about 3/4 of a large pot with water and add a pinch of salt to cook the crab. Bring the water to a boil and then add the fresh crabs to the pot with tongs. Cook for approximately 25 to 30 minutes.
  2. Drain the cooked crabs in a large colander and rinse them under cold running water to bring them to room temperature.
  3. Drain the crabs and place them on a towel to dry.
  4. Snap off the pointy ends or claws of the crab legs with kitchen shears or your fingers so they don’t puncture the freezer bag. Remove the top shell and rinse the crab inside and out with cold water. Remove and discard the stomach and gills. Make sure to remove the flap and mouth and throw them away as well.
  5. Put the entire crab in a heavy-duty freezer bag, or cut it in half and rinse it under cold water before freezing it in its shell.
  6. You can also remove the meat from the crab shell by pulling the legs away from the body and breaking them at the joints. With your fingers, slide the leg meat out. Then, using a mallet, sever the body and claws and remove the meat from those areas. Cold water should be used to rinse the meat.
  7. Plastic wrap the crab or crab meat. Place the wrapped crab in a heavy-duty freezer bag that can be sealed. On the bag, write the date and the type of crab you’re freezing with a marker. Suck the air out of the bag with a straw before sealing it.
  8. Wrap the sealed bag in aluminum foil and place it in the freezer right away.


Make sure to layer the crab as much as possible to prevent moisture from escaping the meat.

Don’t forget to separate the crab’s point ends so they don’t puncture the freezer bag and cause the crabs to develop freezer burn.

Cooked crab can be stored in its shell for up to 3 months in the freezer, or it can be made into crab cakes or casseroles.

Cook the entire crab before freezing it, and do not refreeze the crab after thawing it once.

  • Category: Seafood
  • Method: Steam
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 157kcal
  • Sugar: 32g
  • Sodium: 45mg
  • Fat: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 25g
  • Cholesterol: 112mg

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