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[STEAMED] (1) Dozen Maryland Hard Shell Blue Crabs= -(1) Mallet

  • Overnight 1 Day Shipping Orders-2-5 Day Orders Will Ship With Dry Ice and May Partially Or Entirely Freeze Product. 
  • Due to steaming and shipping process we can not enure exact spicing requests. 

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Did you know that the Chesapeake Bay wears the title as “The Largest Estuary of the World”?

Ideal conditions exist for those crawling and yes, swimming Blue Crabs. In fact, Bay professionals tally the number at 600 million for this entire crabbing season. Captain James paused in his bushel organizing and smiled with a truly robust grin and said, “This year’s Bay conditions give our Blues a perfect growing sanctuary. Fat crabs, lump meat, everything our fans like!” The perfect mix of saltwater and fresh, better known as brackish create salty-sweet meat within the crab’s armor. In fact, five rivers run into the Bay and the Virginia tidal water establishing a perfect home for our Beautiful Swimmers. The Susquehanna, Potomac, Rappahannock, York and James churn the waters into a habitat perfect for spawning and crab activities. Captain James warns us that winter and icy temperatures can change the game, but for now, let Fat Crab Season continue! Click here to read more at our blog.

We salute our Watermen, true Bay survivors. 

What profession requires a 4 am start with an ongoing pull-onload-grade-bait routine?  No, it’s not a new circuit trainer at your local gym.  These dedicated watermen traverse the inlets and estuaries, especially around the Tangiers and Smith Islands for your weekend’s steamed crab fest.  Watermen Michael, our dedicated Bay warrior sums up his day as “a nonstop gym routine followed up with a margarita in paradise.”  If you get excited over your bushel of beautiful swimmers steamed to orange, just think about this crew.  The spirit of the Bay brings joy to the party!

Crab Pots actually trap the crab.

Blue Crab Trading assembles 18-pots that intertwine wire into several chambers.  Each section strategically invites the crab to your eventual feast.  One, the tunnel or throat allows the crab easy access to the pot.  Why do they enter the throat?  The bait, stuffed in a distinct chamber, serves as an overwhelming smell to the Beautiful Swimmer.  Most times our crew amasses eel, herring and menhaden to drive these crabs crazy!  The bait section’s position frustrates and overwhelms the crab since he can’t snap at the bait.  It’s out of reach.  Instinctively, the crab swims upward into the parlor section of the pot and is indeed trapped!

Once trapped what do the crabs do now?

The crabs wait for our crab boats to motor toward the pot and to unload it.  Aching with tired muscles, our watermen pull about 500 pots per day!  Once pulled, they size your Bays, Jimmies and Jumbo Crabs. From this point, you know the rest of the story.  From our pots to your door!

Check out the stats.

Supers: 7+ inches

X-Large:  6 ½ -7 inches

Large:  6-6 ½ inches

Mediums:  5 ½ -6 inches

Small:  5-5 ½ inches

Yes, you may want to reheat them.

Roll out the crab paper and adorn it with a pile of steamed & spiced Blue Crabs. We did all the work for you. Follow these steps to quickly reheat your crabs. Option 1: Find your trusty large stock pot and place a basket within it with enough water to reach the basket, but not submerging it. Bring water to a boil and place crabs with more spice if you choose in the basket. Allow to steam for 5 minutes. Options 2: Place crabs in the oven (upside down to keep moisture in the crab meat) for 10 minutes at 375°. Once ready, pile the crabs high in the table’s center and celebrate Summer Fun.