The arrival of summer means many things, but most importantly it means fresh seafood -- lots of it. Between buttery lobster rolls, clambakes in the fresh air and crab boils with newspaper-lined tables, we have so many reasons to embrace summer foods. But you won't get very far in summer feasting without a few basic skills, and one of those is breaking down a crab.
If you hail from Maryland, you've probably known how to pick a crab since you cut your first tooth. But if you're from anywhere else in the country, chances are you're at a loss when a beautiful crab is placed in front of you. We're here to help. There are a few different ways to free the meat from a crab, but we think Honestly Yum has a great method. And, they've broken it down for us in the most beautiful step-by-step photos. It's the best way to learn.
This is how it's done:
First, face your crab.Honestly Yum
Turn the crab over and take a look at his belly.Honestly Yum
Pull the underside away from the top shell.Honestly Yum
Slice that sucker in half.Honestly Yum
Yank off the legs at the joint.Honestly Yum
Then crack into the claws.Honestly Yum
Congratulations, you just broke down your first crab.Honestly Yum
Once you practice on a couple of crabs you'll be putting down more than you can count at your next boil. (If you don't know how to crab boil, Honestly Yum has shown us how to do that too.) Happy feasting!
CORRECTION: The language has been amended from "shelling crab" to "picking crab" at the request of a Marylander who has eaten (and picked) their fare share of crabs.
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