ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Having Your Own Maryland Crab Feast

Updated on February 5, 2015
kittythedreamer profile image

Kitty is a self-proclaimed home and hearth goddess. One of her favorite things is creatively cooking and baking for her family.


A Maryland Crab Feast - Have Your Own!

There's nothing that reminds me of summer and home than a Maryland crab feast. I was born and raised in the state of Maryland, and so every summer my family would put on a Maryland crab feast which consisted of a couple bushels of Maryland blue crabs, all of the crab trimmings, and tasty sides. It was usually a thrill to have a Maryland crab feast...a real treat to us Maryland kids!

If you live in Maryland or a state that gets its own decent supply of blue crabs, you should think about having your own Maryland crab feast this Summer. Pitch the hamburgers and hot dogs, and have your next family cook-out gathering Maryland-style with a Maryland crab feast!


Maryland Crab Feast Necessities & Must-Haves

The first thing you have to know when having your own Maryland crab feast is that there are certain condiments and must-haves that go along with eating those delicious blue crabs.

Food Must-Haves for a Maryland Crab Feast:

  • Saltines - you must have a large supply of saltine crackers on hand for your Maryland crab feast. These salty little morsels are used to stack pieces of juicy crab in order to make saltine crab mini-sandwiches!
  • Apple Cider Vinegar - used as a condiment at any respectable Maryland crab feast. You dip the crab in the vinegar and stack it on a saltine.
  • Melted Salted Butter - also used as a condiment in substitution of vinegar for those who want a richer taste.
  • Old Bay Seasoning - in Maryland, the bushels of crabs come with Old Bay usually all over them; however, sometimes they don't and sometimes you'll want extra Old Bay seasoning for the picked pieces of crab.

Maryland Crab Feast Accessories & Tools...Absolute Necessities!:

  • Crab Mallet - you'll need one of these bad boys to crack the claws on some of the large Maryland blue crabs!
  • Seafood Picking Set - a set of seafood tools is necessary but not required. The metal pickers and claw crackers work really well with picking crab at a Maryland crab feast. We used these very often at our Maryland crab feasts growing up.
  • Disposable Brown Paper for the Table - if you go into any seafood restaurant in Maryland, you'll notice they line their tables in brown disposable paper linings. This is for easy clean-up. You can purchase this brown paper for your own Maryland crab feast for easy, no-fuss clean up. Pick up the paper with the junk and toss it!
  • Scrap Buckets - a scrap bucket should be placed on each table for easy disposal of the crab shells at your Maryland crab feast.

Maryland Crab Feast Accessories

Corn on the cob
Corn on the cob | Source
Hush Puppies
Hush Puppies | Source

Side Dishes Perfect for a Maryland Crab Feast

Everyone who's ever been to a Maryland crab feast knows that the crab you pick from the shells is NEVER enough to eat! Usually you'll walk away with a pit in your stomach if you rely solely on the crab meat to fill you up. So to curb the extra hunger that comes along with a typical Maryland crab feast, you'll want to offer side dishes in addition to the steamed blue crabs.

  • Corn on the cob - this is a traditional Maryland crab feast side. In fact, our family usually called them "Maryland crab & corn feasts" as corn was a main item at our Summer family get-togethers.
  • Hush puppies - these tasty, mooshy morsels are another traditional side dish to the Maryland crab feast. These are extremely filling and counteract the spiciness of the Old Bay on the crabs.
  • Potato salad - while not so traditional for a Maryland crab feast, a very easy and delightful side that would go well with crab and corn.
  • Watermelon - serve slices of watermelon as a dessert after the Maryland crab feast crab-pickin' has ended. This will cool everyone off, and the kids will love standing in the yard with the watermelon juice running down their arms!

Written and copyrighted © by Kitty the Dreamer (May Canfield), June 28th, 2012. All Rights Reserved.

How to Properly Pick a Maryland Crab:

© 2012 Kitty Fields


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)