Stone crabs are different from regular crabs in a variety of ways, particularly in how they are caught. In comparison to other types of crabs, stone crabs are captured and their largest claws are harvested then they are thrown back into the water. This process allows them to regenerate another claw to replace their existing one. There are different ways that you can prepare stone crab claws, but as with most shellfish, the most popular method of preparation is boiling. Below is step-by-step instructions for cooks that are interested in learning how to cook this succulent meat.
Step 1: First you will want to get a pot of water and put about a punch of salt for every 12 cups. You will need to let the water boil and then once this has finished, remove it from heat. This is important as it will bring the water to the perfect temperature to cook the claws without over cooking the meat.
Step 2: Put the stone crab claws into the water for approximately 5 minutes. You don’t want to submerge them as this can make the meat tough and relatively dry. Instead, you will want to make sure that the meat is juicy and tender for yourself or your guests.
Step 3: While the stone crab claws are in the water, you can now begin to prepare the butter that you will eat them with. By combining salt, minced garlic, and 4 tablespoons of butter, you will be able to create a delicious dip for the shellfish. You will want to microwave the butter mixture until it has completely melted. Generally this may take between 30 seconds and a minute, depending on the strength of your microwave.
Step 4: By this time your stone crab claws should be sufficiently cooked and you will want to drain them. Remember, the water was once boiling and it will be extremely hot. After they have been drained, run cold water on them to cool them down. This will also make it easier to handle them.
Step 5: Serving the crab is the last step the process and you can plate it any way that you find to be preferable. You may want to consider serving them on a platter or a tray with your melted butter and lemon wedges as this gives your guests many options for how they want to garnish their stone crab.