Maryland Blue Crabs Steamed

Countdown the days ‘til spring with a dozen steamed blue crabs! 

Forget the winter doldrums and fill the house with that “Old Bay” smell!  Serve-up a dozen or two freshly caught USA meat-filled blue crabs.  Check out the true traditional Chesapeake Bay grading scale.   Small (5”-5.5”), Medium (5.5”-6”), Large (6”-6.5”), EX-Large (6”-6.5”), Super (7” +)  Each crab is checked for heaviness and individually sized so you get what you deserve and crave for your feast!.  Each crab is at peak condition!  Bursting with jumbo, lump and claw meat, these crabs weigh-in and break the scales!  Feeling extra-hungry?  Let our crew catch some extra blues for you!  Fill the table with delicious crabs.  Here’s how we name half and full bushel sizes.  Bay (5”-5.5”), Jimmy (5.5”-6.5”) and Jumbo (6”-7”) Do you want to try a crab that might have roe, a crab caviar?  Yes, we have female crabs too.  Let Maryland Blue Crab Express cater your countdown to spring crab feast!

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Crab Picking Tutorial

Step 1: Place your crab belly up and grab the apron’s end with a crab knife or your finger and snap forward. Step 2: Turn the crab over and place your finger in the hole created by removing the center apron. Pry off the top shell. Step 3: Take your crab knife and scrape off the feathery lungs from the interior shell. Try to leave the yellow mustard since it flavors the meat with a profound sweetness. Step 4: Crack your crab in equal halves and pick jumbo meat from the swimming leg area and lump from the body.  Step 5: Take your hammer or cracker and carefully smack the claw to savor the darker meat.  Step 6: Finally, take each leg and break them in half and suck the claw meat from each.  Step 7:  Grab another!

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So, you’ve spent the day looking at crab sites for the best crabs for your feast and you feel frustrated on pricing and sizes.  What should you do?  Take a deep breath and celebrate the fact that you clicked on the best crab site online!  Our crew sizes crabs to a scale used by Chesapeake Bay watermen for decades.  We want to impress our customers with larger crabs in each category.  Just take a quick look at the other names for a large.  “Premiums.”  “Selects.” “Standards.”  At Maryland Blue Crab Express, we call a large a “large” and measure it to a Chesapeake Bay Standard, 6”-6.5” point-to-point.  Don’t worry.  We don’t ship meatless crabs either!  Our crabs boast salty-sweet mounds of jumbo, lump and claw meat!  Express your true Maryland Blue Crab sizes to your outdoor feast today!

Crab Sizing & Serving Tips

  • Traditional, True Size Scale:  Supers (7” +), X-Large (6 ½”- 7”), Large (6”-6½”), Medium (5½”-6”), Small (5”-5½”)
  • Serving Sizes: 1 Dozen feeds 1-2 people.  ½ Bushel, 5 people and Bushel, 10 people.  Keep in mind appetites and if you’re serving sides.
  • We take pride in catching, sizing and steaming the best USA Blue Crabs!

Crabby Facts

Watermen pull both female and male crabs from Bay waters.  Crab eaters claim females boast a denser meat to the male’s flaky meat.  Chefs choose female crabs for crab cakes, which surprises many diners.  The enthusiasts who research crabby news know some crab fans consider the female slightly sweeter than the male.  Just looking at the size difference of the catch between male and female, you’ll naturally know males have more meat based on size.  You’re right!  Our Captain James says, “The taste is the same.  All crabs steam fresh with our JO Spice #2. Our crab house choice makes the succulent meat pop!”  Check out the latest facts so you can stay current with Crab Season 2020!

  • Males have a t-shaped apron, while females sport a bell-shaped one.  You pull the apron as your first step to crab picking.
  • Females may contain roe or coral, a bright orange sack of eggs.  Many dine on the roe like caviar.
  • Crab eggs grow for about 13 days until they hatch.
  • Females mate once and release eggs twice in their lives.
  • We use gel packs or dry ice to ship your male or female crabs depending on your shipping selection.  If your crabs freeze a bit with the dry ice.  Simply thaw and then enjoy!



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