How to cook a crab

Simple instructions on how to cook a live crab
How to cook a crab
  • 40 mins
  • 20 mins
  • 20 mins


Unlike a lobster, crab needs to be sleepy before being cooked, otherwise it will "shoot" its claws and legs.

Put your crab into a pan of cold water and leave for half an hour; this will make the crab sleepy.

Boil a large pan of salted water, place the crab into the boiling water and simmer for 15 minutes.

Remove the crab from the water, rinse with cold water and leave to cool, ideally for a couple of hours.


Purchase Ingredients

Free oysters for the one you love
Spend over £60 and use code OYSTER6 to receive 6 free oysters