How to cook fresh crab

What you should know about eating crabs

Before you dig in to the following crab recipes, follow these tips to get the most from your crab eating experience.

Tips for cooking crabs

Live crabs can pinch, so be sure to wear a pair of heavy duty gloves while preparing them for dinner.

1. Clean the crabs

Before you begin cooking crabs, bring them to room temperature. Clean each crab well, including the shell, claws, legs and the underside.

2. Remove insides

Rip the top of the shell off and remove the triangular part of the abdomen on the bottom of the crab. Then remove the guts and reproductive organs from the inside. There should only be meat remaining. The legs can stay intact.

3. Cook the crabs

There are variety of ways to prepare whole crabs. Two traditional ways are sautéing crabs in garlic and oil or cooking crabs in a large pot of tomato sauce and serving them with spaghetti. Crab soup is also a popular method or you can just simply steam the crustaceans and serve them with melted butter. Regardless of the cooking method you choose, keep the flavors simple in order to taste the freshness of the crab meat. Then just have fun digging in.