Steamed Blue Crabs

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.

Steamed Blue Crabs with Chilli Vinegar Dip Photo by Nino Almendra
Steamed Blue Crabs with Chilli Vinegar Dip
Photo by Nino Almendra

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.

Male Blue Crabs has a long and slender shape of the abdomen.
Male Blue Crabs has a long and slender shape of the abdomen.
Female Blue Crabs have a wide and rounded shape of the abdomen.
Female Blue Crabs have a wide and rounded shape of the abdomen.

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.

Steamed Blue Crabs Photo by Nino Almendra
Steamed Blue Crabs
Photo by Nino Almendra

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

Direction;

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;

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Steamed Blue Crabs Photo by Nino Almendra
Steamed Blue Crabs
Photo by Nino Almendra
Steamed Blue Crabs Photo by Nino Almendra
Steamed Blue Crabs
Photo by Nino Almendra
Chilli Vinegar Dip Photo by Nino Almendra
Chilli Vinegar Dip
Photo by Nino Almendra

Thanks alot for spending your precious time on my blog and hope this recipe

encourage you to try steaming some fresh Blue Crabs.

About the Cookonboard?

BACK TO HOME PAGE:

You can also follow me on TWITTER, GOOGLE+ and FACEBOOK.

*Products that are mentioned/used on this post are for illustration purposes only and do not imply that they are endorsed by icookonboard.com.

Wiki Facts reference link, Wikipedia

Advertisements

2 comments

    • Oh yeah! Crab meats are made from heaven…
      I’d be lying if I say I’m not wishing for a cookbook, but I don’t think my Maritime English will fit on hard copies. But I’m not losing hope either, I believe one day my prayers will be answered and I will have a slice of your writing skills. =)
      Thanks Diahann for your encouragement!

      Like

Come and Join the Discussion... (no need to leave your E-MAIL ADDRESS)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s