Steamed Blue Crabs is a very simple dish that every cook onboard will surely love. Working as a cook onboard requires a lot of skill and experience, seafood dishes such as prawns, mussels, lobsters and crabs are perfect to serve on those days that you’re expecting provisions to come onboard.
With not much effort needed to prepare the dish, you’ll have enough strenght and time for other special task. And one thing for sure after a long and tiring day of heavy lifting of provision and stores received, your crew will thank you for such a nice meal to feast on.
Wiki Facts: Males and females of Blue Crabs can be distinguished by the
sexual dimorphism in the shape of the abdomen (known as the “apron”).
It is long and slender in males, but wide and rounded in mature females.
One popular mnemonic is that the male’s is shaped like the Washington Monument,
while the female’s resembles the dome of the United States Capitol.
The blue hue stems from a number of pigments in the shell,
including alpha-crustacyanin, which interacts with a red pigment,
astaxanthin, to form a greenish-blue coloration.
When the crab is cooked, the alpha-crustacyanin breaks down,
leaving only the astaxanthin, which turns the crab to a red-orange
or a hot pink color.
Now on with the cooking…
Steamed Blue Crabs
Prep. time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 8 minutes
Difficulty: Very Easy
Good for 12 crew
You will need;
24 pcs. (150grms./each) blue crabs, cleaned
1 tbsp. sea salt
1/2 cup water
*For the Chilli Vinegar Dip:
2 cups white vinegar
1 med. (100grms.) dry onion, fine chop
8 cloves garlic, sliced
8 pcs. hot chilli, sliced
1 Tbsp. sea salt
On a large cooking pot, put half of the sea salt. Arrange the cleaned Blue Crabs. Add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon sea salt. Pour in the water. Place cooking pot on a very high heat, cover with lid. Crabs will be cooked on the steaming water and from it’s own juice for 8 minutes.
Prepare the Chilli Vinegar Dip while the Blue Crabs are steaming.
Serve with hot Steamed Rice
Enjoy your meal !!! 😉
Here’s how I do it;
Thanks alot for spending your precious time on my blog and hope this recipe
encourage you to try steaming some fresh Blue Crabs.
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Wiki Facts reference link, Wikipedia