Place live crabs in boiling, salted water. Cover and return to the boiling point. Reduce heat, simmer for 12-15 minutes. Drain. Rinse in cold water. Serve hot or cold.
Crabs may be boiled in seasoned water by using a commercially packaged blend of spices designed for boiling crab. Crabs may be cleaned prior to cooking; cook only the claws and inner skeleton (or pod) which contain the white body meat. Cooking time should be reduced 5-7 minutes. Crabs may be steamed by placing them in a steamer over
boiling water. Sprinkle with Tabasco and vinegar, cover the pot, and steam about 10 minutes.
Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Information: Calories 80, Calories from fat 10, Total fat 1g, Saturated fat 0g, Cholesterol 55mg, Total carbohydrate 0g, Protein 14g.