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with Scott Mackerron

It's easier than you may think to eat a Maryland blue crab, you just need to get the technique down. Here, learn how to do it.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Eat a Maryland Blue Crab

Hi, this is Scott MacKerron for About.com. In this video, we're going to take a look at how to eat a Maryland Blue Crab. Growing up in the Maryland area, I always looked forward to the summer time when the blue crabs were in season. Some of my favorite memories were getting together with friends and family and sharing stories over a couple dozen crabs.

Types for Maryland Blue Crab

To begin with, it's important to understand the difference in the types of blue crabs that you can get. The male crab is generally preferred because it is larger and as a result has more meat in it. You can identify crabs prior to cooking, by knowing that females have a red color on the tips of their claws. In addition, the area on the underside of the crab (known as the apron) is much wider on the female than it is on a male.

Instructions for How to Eat Maryland Blue Crab

Now it's time to actually eat them. First, if you're a beginner you might want to wear clothes that you're not worried about getting dirty or some sort of bib because eating crabs can be pretty messy. Some people enjoying dipping in melted butter while others use a popular spicy Maryland seafood seasoning called Old Bay to dip the meat in. True Maryland style crabs are cooked in this type of seasoning, so as you are pulling your crab apart, your fingers will naturally become covered in the seasoning.

Tips for Eating Maryland Blue Crab

To start with, begin by twisting the legs and claws off from the body. Sometimes depending on how you pull, you will get a chunk of meat to come out that you can eat. Most of the time, the legs don't produce much meat, so it isn't worth wasting your time breaking into each leg. To get the meat out of the claw, break the claw at the joint and using a mallet or nut cracker, break the shell to reveal a chunk of meat.

Once you have removed all of the legs and claws flip the crab over and using a knife open up the apron of the crab. Next with your thumb, reach in and peel back the outer shell revealing the inside of the crab. Next take a knife and scrape the gills off of the crab and remove the other internal organs from the middle of the crab.

Once you have the inside pretty cleaned out, break it in half and put one half to the side. Now you can break the section remaining in your hand apart to reveal the jumbo lump crabmeat. Dig in with your fingers or a knife to get all of the meat out the small cavities. Once you've gotten all of the meat out, do the same for the other half.

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