- Mon May 02, 2011 1:44 am
While I know several who do cook their crab whole/live, I was always taught to clean them first. To me, it's just a WHOLE lot easier to pick meat out of a cleaned crab than having to deal with the "guts and dead man's fingers (frilly looking things that are the basically the crabs lungs). As far a cooking them, some Zatarin's crab boil (either the powdered form or the stuff in the cheesecloth bag), boiling water, and dump in crab bodies and claws. Depending on how many you are cooking at once will determine how long you leave them in, usually about 5-10 minutes, not gonna hurt to "overcook" them as it would with some foods.