How to Steam Fresh Stone Crabs

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A lot of people love crabs, but stone crabs are one of the lesser known varieties. Steam fresh stone crabs with help from an experienced culinary professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Johnny Mo, the Musical Chef, and this is how I steam fresh stone crabs. A lot of people love crabs, but stone crabs are one of the lesser known varieties. They're mild yet sweet and delicious flavor is unbeatable. When harvesting stone crabs, they catch them, remove one claw and throw the crab back, so it can regenerate another claw to be caught again later. As you can see, these crabs are scoured with a saw to make them easier to crack when you're eating them. That's because their shell is much harder than other crab varieties. To cook these stone crabs, we'll use a classic steamer method. First, we'll add about a quarter water. It has this nice perforated bottom that we'll place in the bottom of the steamer. That separates the water from the crab so they're cooked only by the steam. And turn that on high. Cover it up and let it come to a good hard boil. Now that we've got a good amount of steam going, we're going to open it up and drop in our crabs. They'll cook for about 10 to 12 minutes. Be sure to stand back when you open the steamer so you don't get burn. Now we'll remove the stone crabs from the steamer and serve them up right away. As you can see, stone crabs are really easy to cook. Try them and you'll add them to your list of favorite seafood dishes.

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