How to Cook and Prepare a Live Crab (including video guide)

The first thing to consider when you cook and prepared live crab is to try and get as fresh as you can, and there’s no fresher than still alive.

First of all, you want to reduce the amount of pain the crab goes through. Here are the instructions with an explainer video below.

To Cook the Crab

  1. Place the crab in a freezer for 15 to 30 minutes to numb them
  2. Bring a large pot of boiling, well salted water to the boil
  3. Using a pair of tongs, grab the crab from behind with some cooking tongs and place them straight in the water
  4. Bring the water back to the boil and then simmer for 7-8 minutes per 1 pound. About 15 minutes for an average brown crab.
  5. Once boiled, remove the crab and place it into a colander and leave them for 20 minutes

To prepare the Crab (for eating)

  1. Wash your hands
  2. Grab each claw, twist and pull from the body
  3. Turn the crab upside down and pull the top of the shell away from the body
  4. Remove the abdomen from underneath with a sharp knife
  5. Remove the ‘dead man’s fingers’ – they won’t kill you but they taste terrible – see the video below for what they look like
  6. Wash your hands
  7. Using a BBQ screwer or metal spoon hand to get inside the joint cavity to get the meat
  8. Use nutcrackers to break the claws to obtain the white meat (or use a tea towel and hammer)
  9. Enjoy with fresh bread and white wine



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