The Expert Way to Eat a Crab
Prep for the Mess
Lay down butcher paper or newspaper and grab plenty of paper towels. You’ll also need a paring knife, a mallet (in a pinch, a hammer will do), a bowl for empty shells, and a cutting board to protect your table against potential whacks. And, of course, cooked crabs. Blue and Dungeness crabs are usually served whole, so you can use these instructions for either, says Whalen. “Don’t be too concerned about size—just select a heavy one.” Have melted butter at the ready too.