Recipe courtesy of Kardea Brown

Charleston Crab Crack

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 2 dozen crabs plus 1 3/4 cups cocktail sauce
A traditional crab crack is one of my family's favorite things to make when we all get together. After the crab is boiled, you dump it out on a table covered with newspaper and everyone digs in and gets crackin'. A little drawn butter and some homemade cocktail sauce is all you need to serve with the sweet blue crabs.



Cocktail Sauce:


Special equipment:
Low Country boil pot, optional
  1. For the crabs: Place a large pot of water over medium-high heat outside or indoors. (I like to use a Low Country boil/turkey frying pot.) Add the beer, seafood seasoning and onion and bring to a boil. Boil 10 minutes to season and allow the flavors to develop.
  2. For the cocktail sauce: While the water boils, stir together the ketchup, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and garlic in a medium bowl. Season with salt if desired.
  3. Add the crabs to the boiling water. Cook until the crabs are reddish-orange and cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain the crabs and spread on a table covered with newspaper or butcher paper. Sprinkle with additional seafood seasoning. Serve with melted butter and the cocktail sauce.