Last week, Rob caught this crab on his fishing pole. We couldn’t wait to eat it, but of course, had to cook and clean it first. Here’s what we did:
We kept Mr. Crab alive in a bucket and took him back to our campsite where we heated a large pot to boiling on our outside stove. Rob added 1/4 cup salt to the water. Some people add spices. We just use salt.
You can see that he started turning red immediately. We brought the pot back to boiling and left him in there for about 20 minutes. Some sources said to wait until he floated. Then he was plunged into ice water, as shown in the top photo. We used the cooler.
As you can see, the narrow band on the underside of the crab indicates that he is a male crab. That piece is lifted up, and peeled back. The insides follow right along and all of that is removed along with the top shell. The crab is then broken in half and washed out, removing any remaining insides.
And there you go! 1 crab, ready to put inside a Ziplock bag and store in the fridge until we are ready to crack it, which we did the next day. We laid newspaper out on the picnic table and used forks to crack it out, putting all shells, etc. onto the newspaper. The crab meat went into a plastic cup. When we were done, we rolled up the newspaper and burned the shells and paper in the fire and devoured the crab. It was so good!