Blue Crabs with Spicy Butter
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Recipe courtesy of Valerie Bertinelli

Blue Crabs with Spicy Butter

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings


Spicy Butter:


  1. Combine the beer and vinegar with 1 cup of water in a very large pot. Add a steamer insert and bring the liquid to a boil over high heat. Add the crabs and 1/4 cup of the Old Bay and cook, covered, until the crabs are bright red, 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the size. Transfer the crabs to a large platter and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup Old Bay.
  2. Serve the hot crabs with the Spicy Butter and lemon wedges on the side.

Spicy Butter:

Yield: About 1/2 cup
  1. Make the butter while the crabs cook: combine the butter, Old Bay, cayenne and garlic in a small saucepan over medium heat. Melt the butter, skimming off any foam that rises to the surface. Pour the melted butter into a small ramekin, leaving the milk solids in the saucepan.