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How To Thaw Frozen Blue Crab (Soft Shell Crabs)

Never defrost soft-shell crabs in cold water. Always defrost crabs in the fridge.
Defrost Time 1 d
Total Time 1 d


  • A plate
  • Paper towel
  • A steamer pot (if you're steaming the crab)
  • Salt (if you're steaming the crab)
  • Water (if you're steaming the crab)
  • Tongs (if you're steaming the crab)


  • Take the soft-shelled crabs out of the freezer.
  • Place the wrapped crabs on a plate and put it in the fridge to defrost overnight.
  • Unwrap the crabs, rinse them clean under cold running water, and pat them dry with a paper towel.
  • To cook the crabs, steam them or fry them.

How To Steam Soft-Shelled Crabs

  • Fill a large steamer pot with 1 inch of salted water. Use the tongs to put the crab(s) in the steamer basket.
  • Cover the pot and steam until the crabs are cooked through, about 10 minutes. The crab shells should appear red when cooked.
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