Chesapeake Crab Boil

(from saymyname’s recipe box)

Source: 'A Love Affair with Southern Cooking' by Jean Anderson

Serves 6 people

Categories: Beer, Main Dish, Seafood


  • 2 cups beer
  • 1 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 1/2 dozen live blue crabs
  • 1 cup butter, melted


  1. Combine the beer, vinegar, Old Bay, and salt in a medium nonreactive bowl; set aside.

  2. Place a rack in the bottom of a large, deep, nonreactive kettle.

  3. Pile half the crabs on the rack and pour in half the beer mixture; add the remaining crabs and beer mixture.

  4. Set over med-high heat and bring to a boil; adjust the heat so the liquid bubbles gently, cover tight, and steam the crabs for 20-25 minutes or until they are bright red.

  5. Serve at once with melted butter and plenty of napkins.

  6. Don’t forget to put out a large bowl to catch the crab shells.

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