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Classic Steamed Blue Crabs

Classic Steamed Blue Crabs

Classic Steamed Blue Crabs with Old Bay and beer is a Maryland tradition easy to make at home.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine seafood
Servings 4 people
Calories 69 kcal


  • male blue crabs preferably mediums or larger if available (I plan 6 per person)
  • 6-8  12 oz beers
  • 1/2  cup Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 stick unsalted butter melted


  • Into a large pot (we use a turkey fryer), add the beer and Old Bay seasoning. Bring to a boil. 
  • Put the crabs in a steamer basket. You can sprinkle the crabs with more Old Bay if desired. Add the basket to the pot and cook 12-15 minutes, depending on the size of the crabs.
  • Serve immediately with melted butter for dipping.


Cook the crabs in batches if necessary, depending on the size of your pot and how many crabs you are cooking. In our pot, we cook 2 dozen smalls or 1-1/2 dozen large at a time.
Calorie calculation is approximate and is per 3 oz crab meat.
Keyword beer barbecue, blue crabs, maryland, old bay, steamed crabs