Oh New Jersey, such an interesting little state and I am glad I had the pleasure to spend the weekend with you. Being from eastern PA, I am so close yet SO far from NJ.
People in New Jersey love New Jersey (kind of like how Canadians love Canada). They love it so much that they don’t seem to mind paying $8 (or more) for access to a public beach and they most certainly would never imagine going to Delaware or Maryland where the beaches are free for vacation. While we all probably choose our state over others (sorry dirty Jersey), I did have a fun time crabbing in Jersey this past weekend! If you have never crabbed, I definitely recommend renting a boat (plenty of places on the bay rent boats), buying some chicken, tying it to a string, throwing it over the boat, cracking a beer and catching some crabs!
My first blue crab experience was just a few years ago when I lived in Maryland. Growing up in PA, I had no clue what to do. They are a lot harder to eat than snow crab legs! Blue crabs take way more time to de-shell (not sure the proper word to use here), they have way less meat, and they will most likely leave you with battle wounds that you will then rub salt into…but it is an experience and definitely worth it! There are a few ways to make and eat blue crabs. Marylanders claim they do crabs best, and maybe they do, although I am sure Jersey may argue that!
In Maryland, they steam the crabs and then cover them in Bay seasoning and they are eaten with butter and/ or vinegar. This is my favorite way to eat them!
This past weekend, we made the crabs Italian style. The live crabs were put in the freezer, which put them to sleep, then the backs get pulled off and they are cooked in spaghetti sauce or olive oil and garlic. These are eaten with the traditional Italian staples: pasta, garlic bread, and salad.
I looked up the nutrition facts for crabs. The listing below states it is for one crab, although I think most of the time you may not get all the meat out of a crab and they are not always this big. But there ya have it!
Have you ever had blue crabs? Do you prefer them over crab legs?