1) Steam from How to Pick a Crab Slideshow

How to Pick a Crab Slideshow

Jane Bruce
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1) Steam

In a double-boiler, steamer, or jerry-rigged contraption, boil some water and toss in the crabs (make sure that they’re all alive), but double-check that however you have it rigged up, the crabs are only exposed to steam, not water. "Hot water will break down the shell, and it’ll add additional moisture and make the crab soggy," Morgan said. Once the crabs are in, apply a very liberal amount of Old Bay, cover, and let them go for about 12 to 15 minutes, depending on their size. When they’re bright red, they’re done.