One of my favorite things about living on the coast is having the access and ability to catch dinner! There’s nothing better than fresh caught seafood - and knowing you harvested it yourself is all the more rewarding. I’m lucky enough to be married to a conservation officer, so not only does he know all the rules and regulations and the good places to go, but he’s also great at bringing home dinner (bonus hubby points!). Last night, it was a mutual effort that resulted in an absolutely fabulous meal together.
We simply pulled our crab pot up at the dock but if you ever have the opportunity, catching them with the crab net at night while your husband is trying to flounder gig is the most fun. Although it may annoy the hubs, it’s worth it! The adrenaline rush and excitement of the hunt is thrilling! Just be careful with your crab net on those oyster shells. They will shred you and your net if given the chance.
I consider myself a crab connoisseur of sorts, and last night they were so amazing I decided I needed to blog about them. On the menu were mostly blue crabs and a few stone crab claws. I’ve gotta say, they were delicious! I absolutely LOVE eating fresh caught crabs. Not only are they oh, so scrumptious, but it’s a fun way to spend time with those you love.
We usually ice them down, then pick them before boiling, but this time Jay and I decided that steaming them whole is the way to go. The meat was so tender and just melted in our mouths. The only thing I would have done differently is pick them before cooking. Although they are a prettier presentation whole, it’s just easier not having to deal with all that mess while you are trying to get to the good stuff. I recommend that you get all the work out of the way ahead of time, so you can simply enjoy your fresh caught meal.
Jay loves mixing up a batch of cocktail sauce and a batch of garlic butter for dipping. However, I prefer "plain old" melted butter. You can't go wrong either way. We had our fill and I highly recommend you try it for yourself if you are ever down this way!
Blog post and photography by Lyndi Leary