By Rachel Barber

Published on June 7, 2016

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get a boiling pot

Get a large pot to boil on the stove or order a stockpot if

you want to boil many at once. You will also need a pair of

tongs for maneuvering the crabs in and out of the pot.

You may want salt or Old Bay seasoning as well.

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choose your sides

Great options to serve alongside crab include cornbread,

grilled veggies, coleslaw, cheese grits, toasted baguettes,

or red beans and rice. 

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prep condiments

Make sure you have condiments on hand. We suggest

lemon, butter, and hot sauce.

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You can also add potatoes, corn on

the cob, or sausage into the pot when you boil the crabs.

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plan the decor

You can go all out with a nautical theme or just keep it

casual and summery with bright colors. Try a galvanized

bucket for serving iced drinks and hang some string lights

if you’re outside.

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prepare for a mess

Eating crab can get messy, so provide your guests with

towelettes or napkins. Crab boils are casual, so don’t

hesitate to put a paper towel roll on the table in

place of napkins.

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boil the crab

There are many recipes out there for boiling crab that

require varying levels of cooking experience.

Here’s a simple recipe for a first time boiler.

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serve

It’s seafood boil tradition to dump out the pot on the

table and let everyone help themselves. Make sure to

put down foil first or layers of newspaper for easy

clean up. 

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Provide skewers so people can help

themselves to potatoes and sausage. Leave bowls on

the table for guests to dispose of corn cobs and shells.