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Old 05-16-2011, 09:35 PM   #1
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A whole lotta crab!

This thread is dedicated to the crabs of the world (not the people, the sea creature... the crabby people need to cheer up!).

Seriously, I am fascinated by the different crabs there are and I am curious if you know about different types of crabs or crab dishes you can share (especially with pics). Seems like a worth topic. Yes?

I'll start if off with a picture of an incredibly delicious crab I ate when visiting Panama City one time. They called it a Panamanian King Crab I believe. Take a look at this! It has claws like a Maine Lobster.


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Old 05-17-2011, 10:40 AM   #2
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Could you imagine that thing getting a toe or something?
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Old 05-17-2011, 11:53 AM   #3
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We are kinda partial to the Maryland Blue Crab around these here parts.

Steam em with Old Bay and a shot of mustard.



Get a dozen or so and it is a good thing.

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We are kinda partial to the Maryland Blue Crab around these here parts.

Steam em with Old Bay and a shot of mustard.



Get a dozen or so and it is a good thing.

I LOVE these! Just go easy on the Old Bay. I want to taste the crab.
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Old 05-17-2011, 12:27 PM   #5
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Those little blue crabs certainly are mighty good....ornery little critters, though.
I 'spect I would need a tick more'n a dozen. I believe a man could starve to death right while eating them.....but they truly are excellent!
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Old 05-17-2011, 12:33 PM   #6
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Some places we go a dozen is more than enough for both of us, some places... well...

They can get quite spendy but the $106's have always treated us well and we normally bring a few home.

Just for information crabs are usually sold by the dozen with the number being the price per dozen. There is no standard rating system, but if people feel ripped off (too small for too much) people don't go back. If the crabs are light or mushy you (usually) can get a replacement for it, though we have had a couple times the restaurant take a crab off the bill because they don't have it to replace. They have been known to substitute a larger crab to keep you happy. The biggest you sometimes get in half dozen.

A price list will look something like:

$25
$35
$45
$60
$85
$95
$105

When you walk in they tell you what they have that night. You sometimes have to call ahead and reserve the larger sizes.
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Old 05-17-2011, 12:37 PM   #7
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I love Maryland Style Blue Crab! Years ago they used to have all you can eat Blue Crabs at this place called The Rustic Inn in South Florida. They don't do that anymore but they do still have them and they're sometimes big. So half a dozen does the trick for me usually. One thing I like about Blue Crabs is that more than half the meal you're working so you end up eating less (good diet). Thanks for posting! Looks great.
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Old 05-17-2011, 12:44 PM   #8
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Here's something to try if you ever get the opportunity. I was in Hamburg Germany and there was this incredible fish market street I visited. I saw for the first time LIVE Alaskan King Crab in tanks. But I was alone so I didn't get it. I should have but I wasn't going to eat the whole thing myself in one sitting.

Then last year I was in Vancouver for an extended period of time (working on a record) and they put me up in an apartment right across from an Oriental Market that had tons of live seafood tanks. It was amazing! I spent all my per diem on that almost everyday and cooked at the apartment instead of going out. Ate like a KING... and one day they even had KING! Live King Crab. I was staying with the guitar player in the band who didn't cook so he was in for a treat. We got Live Alaskan King Crab. It wasn't cheap! Cost about $25 per pound but they were 5 pounds minimum... but it was totally worth it.

I had a feeling the whole thing would taste so much better - especially the lump crab part which often tastes salted and even sometimes a bit "off" in the frozen ones you get in restaurants (and it's often more expensive in a restaurant!). But live it was just perfect - steamed with just lemon and butter sauce after (which it didn't even need it was so sweet). For a crab lover this is an experience not to miss. Hard to find though.

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The average meat yield from the blue claw crabs we catch runs about 1.25 pounds per dozen. Minimum size is 5"; males only.
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I wonder if ALL crabs are edible (I mean desirable and edible). Even the ones you see crossing the street? Land crab? I wonder. I've never seen anyone eating them.

I did try something called "River Crab" once when I was in Connecticut. It was at a sushi place and I ordered it out of sheer curiosity. Basically it's a small crab and they flash fry the whole thing (what a way to go?). There's some kind of coating added to it but not the full tempura batter thing you'd expect from a softshell crab (which I love btw). It's bizarre. It really is like eating the whole crab! But actually it tasted pretty good. Crunchy. Then again... you can deep fry a SHOE and it would probably taste pretty good (and crunchy). Have you ever tried NIKE? I hear they're delicious.
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