Heres a wonderful recipe for cooking fresh crab from Sue


Set a large pot of water deep enough to cover crab on stove to boil (don’t add crab yet) and add:


  • 1 large bay leaf
  • a generous handful of dried onion flakes (saves time) OR half a medium onion cut into slices
  • 1 teaspoon of dried minced garlic (not powder) OR 2 or 3 smashed garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon whole coriander seed
  • 2 or 3 tsps. dill weed
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1/8 tsp. celery seed
  • 5 quarter size slices of fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp whole peppercorns
  • juice of half a large juicy lemon OR a whole small one and dump in the rind (skin or peel of the lemon – adds flavor)
  • Optional – can add crushed red pepper if desired
  • Also Optional – I add a teaspoon of “No Salt” (potassium chloride salt to balance the sodium in the crab –  good if you are watching your sodium intake)

The spices above are a sort of “pickling blend” and can be adjusted to taste by changing amounts of items or even eliminating those you don’t want.  The crab is so good you won’t need anything else.

Let the water come to a boil and boil for 10 minutes to flavor the water.  Then add crab and turn down to simmer just until crab is heated through.

Enjoy!  Sue Robertson

Sue’s Seasoned Boiled Crab

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