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Cooking Blue Swimmer Crab | Blue Crab Recipes

Cooking Blue Swimmer Crab:

Cooking Tips: For live crabs allow 10 minutes per 500g to cook. Steam or boil in salted water.

How to humanely kill a Crab for cooking:
It is recommended that all crustaceans are immersed in a salt water/ice slurry for a minimum of 20 minutes before boiling, broiling, pithing or cutting. This ensures the animal is immobilised before procedures that may cause pain are carried out.

The salt water/ice slurry is made by first filling a suitable container (such as an esky) with normal crushed ice, then adding salt water (sea water salinity). The ratio of normal ice to salt water should be 3:1, which will give the consistency of wet concrete and a temperature of –1°C. It is important that enough ice is provided to maintain the temperature of the slurry.


Video Recipes using Crab & Crabmeat:

Pan Fried Soft-Shell Crab Recipe BBQ Shrimp w Crab Meat Stuffing Recipe Singapore Chili Crab Recipe Crab Cakes
Pan Fried Soft-Shell Crab BBQ Shrimp w Crab Meat Stuffing Singapore Chili Crab Crab Cakes

Cooked Blue Swimmer Crabs on Ice

Crab Recipes:

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms - Mushroom caps stuffed with a savory crab mix, covered in cheese and baked.

Crab Hors D'oeuvres - Dip with crab, mayonnaise, cream cheese and Dijon mustard

Crab (or Surimi) Bruschetta - Flaked crabmeat with tomatoes, capsicum, mayonnaise, fresh chives and basil served on French baguette slices.

Crabmeat Supreme - Crabmeat with onions, celery, Tabasco, lemon juice, pimentos, mushrooms, and sherry in a creamy sauce baked with crunchy topping of breadcrumbs.

More Crab Recipes

Recipes using Crab and Crabmeat from How To Cook Fish



Available year round with peaks from November to April.

Size and Weight
Average 300g and commonly to 400g, but can grow to over 1kg. Size varies significantly from state to state.

Medium priced.

Coral Crab, Mud Crabs, Sand Crabs, Velvet Crab.

To Buy
Crabs should feel heavy for their size and have their legs and claws intact. Blue Swimmer Crabs are one of the few Crabs not sold live, but are available cooked or green (uncooked), as they don’t survive well once captured. Look for brightly coloured, firm, intact, lustrous shells, without any discolouration, particularly at joints, and a pleasant fresh sea smell. If possible, give them a gentle shake to ensure there’s no sound of sloshing water. Females with eggs are protected in all states, and in Queensland catching any female Blue Swimmer Crabs is prohibited.

To Store
Wrap in plastic wrap or foil and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months below -18ºC. Picked crabmeat can be stored in the same way.

To Cook
The male’s shell is a distinctive mottled bright blue to purple when uncooked, while the female’s tends to be more mottled brown; like all crustaceans, they turn orange when cooked (with the male's shell remaining brighter). Average yield is 35% (from claws and body). The flesh is translucent when raw and white when cooked, it has a mild, sweet, nutty flavour, low oiliness and is moist, evenly textured and firm (claw meat is firmer than that found in body and legs). Some people enjoy the stronger-tasting ‘mustard’ or brown meat (internal organs) in the body.

Cooking Methods
Steam, poach, deep-fry, pan-fry, stir-fry. Serve boiled Crab with Asian dipping sauces such as nam pla, or mayonnaise (flavoured with 'mustard', garlic, or herbs) or hot melted butter with a squeeze of lemon juice. Do not recook cooked Crabs, pick out the meat and use it in salads, sandwiches, as a garnish for soups, or in dishes where it is just gently warmed, such as pasta, risotto, Crab cakes and omelettes.

Nutritional Information
For every 100 grams raw product
for Blue Swimmer Crab meat.

Kilojoules na
Cholesterol 58 mg
Sodium na
Total fat (oil) 0.9 g
Saturated fat 22% of total fat
Monounsaturated fat 20% of total fat
Polyunsaturated fat 57% of total fat
Omega-3, EPA 137 mg
Omega-3, DHA 90 mg
Omega-6, AA 86 mg

How to prepare a Blue Swimmer Crab for cooking
Sydney Fish Market takes you through how to clean and prepare a Blue Swimmer Crab for cooking


Crabmeat Photos:

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Blue Swimmer Claw Meat Blue Swimmer Crab Meat Blue Swimmer Crab Meat



See Also:
Blue Swimmer Crab (Portunus pelagicus) Photographs and Information
Catching Blue Swimmer Crabs | Fishing for Blue Crabs
Cooking Blue Swimmer Crab | Blue Crab Recipes
Blue Swimmer Crab (Portunus pelagicus) Commercial Fishery
Blue Swimmer Crab (Portunus pelagicus) Links & Resources


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