Recipe: Maryland Style crab

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For two servings:

  • 2-3 lbs Blue crab or Dungeness crab (dungeness crabs will have more meat)
  • Old Bay Seasoning
  • Salted butter
  • Minimum 1 gallon cooking pot with lid
  • 1/2 cup vinegar & 1/2 cup water

I’ve been making this dish for years.  It always kills it at parties and people beg for the recipe.  It’s a simple, quick, and delicious dish that anyone can make.

  1. Using the cooking pot, bring a half cup of water and vinegar to a boil.
  2. Place the crabs into the pot and cover with lid.
  3. Leave on high heat for 10 minutes then turn off heat and leave covered for another 10 minutes.
  4. Remove crabs from pot.  Season the crap out of the crabs with the Old Bay.
  5. Serve with melted butter and you’re done!
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LBC Seafood (Long Beach, CA)

30utzl5Tired of overpaying for seafood that’s supposed to be fresh?  LBC seafood is for the pseudo chef that wants to recreate the “Boiling Crab” experience at home.  I picked up this monster 15lbs spider crab for $30.
They have shellfish here you can’t find in many other spots.  Everything from live crab (rock, dungeoness, spider), crayfish, lobsters (spiny and Atlantic), clams, mussels, fish, shrimp, and other unique treats. They even steam/fry your food on request.  The quality is a notch above the competition, it’s clean, fairly priced, and doesn’t smell like fishass.  Location is somewhat shady, but they have their own parking lot in the back.o

I’ve picked up live dungeoness crabs, rock/stone crabs, large raw head-on shrimp, and mussels.  Everything was clean, fresh, and delicious.  Customer service is on point too, they’ll answer any questions you may have and point you where you need to go.

1436 Cherry Ave
Long Beach, CA 90813
(562) 439-0500

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EMC Seafood & Raw bar (Koreatown, Los Angeles, CA)

11755680_10206511441118616_2155209651326565950_nOh, Koreatown how I love your late night foodie spots.  EMC is located in the middle of Ktown inside a mini mall, which means easy parking. Awesome sauce!  Inside, it’s loud, crowded, and usually has a wait.  No reservations accepted.

Now on to the food: It’s alright.  For $95, you get the colossal EMC tower.  Our server told us it would be more than enough for 2 people.  After clearing the tower, I’d say it’s more for 1.5 people.  It came with 6 oysters (chefs choice), 6 mussels, 6 clams, 5 shrimp, 2 lobsters, and some uni.   Sounds like a lot of food, but I’d say 70% of it is shell.

The lobsters were steamed, cut in half, then served chilled on ice.  For me, this method takes out a lot of flavor.  The lobster meat was cold and flavorless.  Had to butter that shit up to even swallow the bug meat.  The rest of the tower was pretty good but I have a hard time justifying $100 and still bei5nkhteng hungry.

Overall, the happy hour (4pm – 7pm  or 10pm – close) they have is legit.  $1 oysters, cheap beer, and some other fried crap to fill the belly.  However, the EMC tower was a tad disappointing and the wait time wasn’t worth it.  Cool atmosphere and location though.

3500 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 351-9988

3-star