Damon's Maryland Blue Crabs

Philadelphia native, Damon has been eating Blue Crabs since he was just 4 years old, 6 years before his first slice of pizza. He tells his story on Governors Island in New York City.

Serves 4 | Cook Time 30 minutes

36 Live Blue Crabs
¾  Cup of Seafood Seasoning (such as Old Bay®)
½  Cup of Salt
3 Cups of Beer
3 Cups of Distilled White Vinegar
Cup of Seafood Seasoning (such as Old Bay®)

1. Right before cooking, carefully place each crab upside down and stick a knife through the shell, just behind mouth.

2. Combine ½  cup seafood seasoning, salt, beer, and vinegar in a large stockpot over high heat. Bring to a strong simmer.

3. Fit a screen over the beer mixture and layer the crabs on the screen. Be sure that the crabs are above the simmering liquid. Cover.

4. Steam crabs until they turn bright orange and all of the blue/green color is gone, 20 to 30 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining ¼  cup seafood seasoning before serving.

Best if you catch the crab yourself.