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Best Way to Eat Stone Crab: Mustard Sauce Recipe for Stone Crab

How to enjoy the succulent crab, now in season.

Best Way to Eat Stone Crab: Mustard Sauce Recipe for Stone Crab

Less is more when it comes to preparing delicious Florida stone crab claws. Crack'em, sauce'em and eat is all.

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Stone crab season is underway, and I'm always surprised by the number of presentations in which stone crab meat is adulterated—by both amateur and professional chefs. I enjoy crab dip and crab cakes, but I reserve those recipes for either lump or claw meat from blue crabs. Stone crab claws are best left simple, only to be served with melted butter or a tasty mustard sauce.

Stone Crab Mustard Sauce Recipe


  • 1 tbsp. dry mustard
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. steak sauce, like A1
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • Salt, to taste


Whisk together the dry mustard, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, steak sauce, cream and salt until smooth and combined. Chill for at least 30 minutes, or until ready to serve.

More Info

Eating stone crabs is not for the obsessive-compulsive among us, and generally, a stone crab dinner isn't a dress-up affair. Bibs are in order for diners of all ages. And I've seen a myriad of methods for cracking the hard claws and knuckles. There are fancy hydraulic crab crackers and there are basic nutcrackers, but my preference is a heavy stainless steel tablespoon (don't use Mom's good silver!). Just hold the claw in the palm of your hand and smack it with the back of the spoon. It will crack, often exposing all the claw meat with a single blow. This method also works well on the knuckles, but you may still need a cocktail fork or nut pick to get the meat out. No matter your method, expect to get messy.

Stone crabs come from the fish market or supermarket pre-cooked. Commercial crabbers take only the claws and return the crabs to the water, where they grow replacements. Usually, they're sold cold, but if you prefer them warm, a quick douse in boiling water will raise their temperature without toughening the meat. As with all seafood, be safe and don't allow your crab claws to sit out on the counter in order to bring them to room temperature.

The Laws for the Claws

Stone Crab Harvesting Gear:

It is unlawful to use any device to take stone crabs that can puncture, crush, or injure the crab body, such as spears, grains, grabs, hooks or similar devices.

Daily Bag Limit:

1 gallon of claws per person or 2 gallons per vessel, whichever is less.

Both claws of a stone crab may be harvested lawfully if they are of legal size. However, taking both claws leaves the stone crab with few alternatives to defend itself from predators and gather food to survive and regrow claws.

Stone crab claws must measure at least 2 7/8-inches in length as measured by a straight line from the elbow to the tip of the lower immovable finger.

A complete summary of rules on using stone crab traps can be read at the website or in the FWC's regulations handout available at tackle stores. For more info on catching and harvesting stone crab, click to see our full story here. FS

First Published Florida Sportsman November 2013

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