Making the most out of your seafood:
Meal planning and prepping can seem like such a chore, just another thing to add to the weekly list of things to do…Well, no worries my friends. Here is everything you need to know to not only make the most of your blue crabs but to save time while doing it! (And have a little fun in the process).
Large family, small family, single, couple…doesn’t matter. These tips and crab menu ideas will work with any size household. So, without further ado, let’s get cracking on whole jumbo crabs, crab cakes and crab meat!
Eventually the crab feast must come to an end and if you’re fortunate enough to have leftover crabs than you’re in luck…and so is your dinner for the week!
If you’ve had enough of the same ‘ol crab pick, then give stir fry a try. Yes, stir fried crabs are a THING! Monstrously popular in Asia with flavors ranging from garlicky and spicy to fragrant and citrusy. There are countless recipes available online for inspiration, I highly recommend it!
Ice Ice Crabby…
If you’re ready to take a break from the mallet all together, no problem, freeze ‘em. Yes, that too! You can freeze your whole crabs. I have crabbies chilling in the freezer as I type. There is just a little bit of prep involved before you freeze, a little clean up, if you will.
First remove the top shell and toss, remove the lungs and that stuff Marylander’s call the ‘mustard’. Give them a little rinse with cool running water and place in zipper bags. Remove as much air as possible and freeze. Just thaw and reheat whenever you’re ready to feast again!
Crab Cakes, the seafood no ones minds you reheating at the office.
You have about 3 days, refrigerated, for optimum crab caking. If you’re not able to nosh before that time, freezing is an option. Just thaw and reheat when the craving hits.
You’ll never get board with crab cakes. Take the road traveled with sandwiches or jazz up salads as a creative topper. Think of how fancy your chef, cobb or caesar can be with the addition of crab cakes!
Breakfast is a prime crab cake opportunity! Rethink the same old same sausage and bacon with a crabby substitution. Open-faced bagels, savory breakfast bowls, eggy toppers…you name it, even fancy eggs benedict.
Dinner is just as nice, use crab cakes as a topper for pasta (see our Crab Cake Carbonara recipe) or serve with your favorite veggies and starches. I love creating risotto dishes around my crab cakes or recreating Japanese rice bowls with this seafoodie solution.
Jumbo Lump Crab Meat
As versatile as proteins get…jumbo lump crab meat is a prodigy in the kitchen and makes for some of the simplest, easiest meal planning.
Use as soup toppers, salad proteins, every and all pasta dishes-don’t forget stuffing for fish fillets or quiches. Treat yo self with crab dip filled baked potatoes, stuffed peppers and crab melts. NACHOS!!!
On the healthier side of things, think of adding crab meat to your stir fries, paleo or keto crab cakes or zoodle bowls!
Buy ALL the Maryland Crab Online
You can buy our Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Whole Crabs and Crab Meat from our online store. All of Cameron’s Maryland Blue Crabs come straight from the Chesapeake Bay to your door with guaranteed freshness. The best crab meat in the world comes from Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs!
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About the author
Patterson Watkins is a professional chef with over 17 years of experience. With a robust career in restaurants, contract dining and catering (including 4 Summer Olympic posts preparing food for the athletes!) Patterson joined the Cameron's Seafood team at the end of 2018 to concoct some delicious recipes with our premium seafood items as the centerpiece.