Crab Boil Recipe

How to Boil Crabs

How to Boil Blue Crabs

Our Crab Boil recipe uses the same ingredients as our Shrimp Boil, Smoked Sausage, corn on the cob, and red potatoes. The only difference is to substitute crabs for shrimp.

Use our Shrimp Boil recipe, but substitute Blue Crabs or crab legs for shrimp. 6 to 8 crabs or one pound of legs per adult is a standard serving amount. If you are a crab lover, feel free to add more crabs.

Crabs generally take about 5 to 7 minutes to cook in boiling water. The crabs’ shells will be orange when they have finished cooking. It is okay to cook the crabs a couple of minutes longer if you prefer.

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Is a Crab Boil Keto Friendly?

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Pile of blue crabs ready to be devoured.

Is boiling crab keto-friendly? Yes, you can have a keto Crab Boil if you concentrate on eating the crab meat and not the carbohydrates, like corn and potatoes. Crab is high in protein and low in fats and carbohydrates. Protein should make up about 25% of your daily caloric intake, about 500 calories a day on a standard 2000 calorie-a-day diet.

Enjoy the crab in moderation and avoid using too much cocktail sauce. Using drawn or melted butter in moderation would be ok to dip crab meat in. Butter is great because it is about 80% fat and has no carbohydrates.

Use mushrooms and onions instead of corn or potatoes in a more keto-friendly crab boil. Mushrooms and yellow onions are low in carbohydrates. Also, try our keto-friendly cocktail sauce recipe to reduce the number of carbohydrates. You want less than 10% of your daily caloric intake from carbs on the keto diet.

Best seasonings to use in a Crab Boil

Old Bay Seasoning or Zatarain’s Seasoning are two of the best seasonings for a crab boil. After the crabs, crab legs, or claws have finished boiling and are removed from the water, dust them again with more seasoning. Dusting them again will ensure that the crabs are thoroughly seasoned and provide the most flavor.

Although the same company makes Old Bay and Zatarain’s, they are made for different cooking styles. Old Bay is a traditional seasoning, and Zatarain’s is great for making a crab boil recipe cajun. Zatarain’s offers a liquid seasoning that is added to the water while your crabs are boiling, which may help add more flavor.

So you can now have a crab boil near me by following our easy recipe.

Other Seafood Recipes

Please checkout some of our other seafood recipes including Blackened Mahi Mahi, Garlic Olive Oil Shrimp, or watch a video on how to steam oysters.