How To Clean Crab Before Cooking


If you’re lucky enough to have fresh crab, then you’ll want to know how to clean it before cooking. This guide will show you everything you need to do to get your crab ready for a delicious meal.

What You’ll Need:

-A large bowl or sink
-A colander
-Paper towels
-A sharp knife
-A mallet or hammer (optional)

Step One: Cleaning the Crab’s Shell

The first step is to clean the crab’s shell. Start by running the crab under cold water to remove any dirt or debris. Then, using a paper towel, scrub the shell gently to remove any remaining dirt. If there are any barnacles or other hard growths on the shell, you can remove them with a sharp knife. Once the shell is clean, rinse it again under cold water and set it aside.

Step Two: Removing the Crab’s Gills and Mustard

The next step is to remove the crab’s gills and mustard. To do this, flip the crab over so that its belly is facing up. You should see a small flap of skin near the center of the crab’s belly. Using your fingers or a sharp knife, lift this flap of skin and pull it away from the body. This will expose the gills and mustard. Using your fingers or a spoon, scoop out the gills and mustard and discard them. Rinse out the inside of the crab’s body cavity under cold water and set it aside.

Step Three: Cooking the Crab

Now that your crab is clean, it’s time to cook it! There are many different ways to cook crab, so feel free to get creative. Some popular methods include steaming, boiling, baking, and grilling. Whichever method you choose, be sure to cook the crab until its shell is bright red and its meat is cooked through. This usually takes about 10 minutes for steaming, 15 minutes for boiling, 20 minutes for baking, and 8-10 minutes for grilling.


Now that you know how to clean and cook crab, you’re ready to enjoy a delicious seafood feast! Be sure to check out our other guides for more cooking tips and tricks.

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