How to Steam Crab

by Contributor ; Updated September 28, 2017

Items you will need

  • Vinegar
  • One Can Beer
  • A Large Pots
  • Distilled Water
  • Cayanne pepper

How to Steam Crab. This classic recipe is one of the spicier ways to enjoy fresh crab. Serves 4.

Step 1

Mix vinegar, beer and Worcestershire sauce.

Step 2

Pour mixture into a steamer or large pot with a rack.

Step 3

Rinse hard-shell crabs in water.

Step 4

Place one layer of live hard-shell crabs into steamer or on pot rack and add seafood seasoning and a dash of cayenne pepper to them.

Step 5

Pile on more layers of crabs and seasoning until all crabs are in the pot and seasoned.

Step 6

Cover securely with lid.

Step 7

Steam about 25-30 minutes.


  • You can substitute water for beer; balsamic vinegar for regular vinegar.


  • Watch out for live crabs' pincers.