ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Seafood Sauce Recipes for Stone Crab Claws

Updated on January 28, 2012

tartar sauce recipe - cocktail sauce recipe

Everyone in my family loves stone crab claws! The sweet flesh of stone crabs is very similar in taste and texture to lobster, in my opinion. In case you’re not familiar with the stone crab, it’s about the same size and shape of a blue crab, only it has huge claws. There’s really not enough crab meat in the body to bother with, so only the claws are eaten. You can find stone crab claws fresh or frozen, and you can even buy stone crab claws online, but it’s a real treat when you catch them yourself and eat them when they’re super fresh. We’ve had the good fortune to catch our own stone crabs numerous times, and man, were those stone crab claws delicious! Most people who catch their own stone crabs break off the largest claw and return the crab to the water. The stone crabs are able to generate new claws, and when only one claw is removed, the crabs have a good survival rate. If you've caught you own crabs and need to learn how to cook stone crab claws, click this link.

We like harvesting our own stone crab claws. Hubby is about to devour this one.
We like harvesting our own stone crab claws. Hubby is about to devour this one.

The secret's in the seafood sauce!

Like blue crabs, the stone crab claws are generally boiled or steamed with herbs and spices for a few minutes. At that point, the shells are broken or cracked, and the crabmeat is extracted. This can be done with a pair of crab crackers or with a kitchen mallet, a hammer, or any heavy object. When using a hammer or mallet to crack the claws, cover the stone crab claws with a dishcloth. This will help prevent pulverizing the crab meat itself, and it will also prevent making a mess with the pieces of shell. You don’t want to hit the crab claws too hard – you just want to break or crack the shell.

Many people like to leave part of the shell on the stone crab claws, to act as a sort of “handle.” Other folks like to completely remove all the shell. When all the shell is removed, the crab meat can be used in a wide variety of crab recipes, much the same as using the cooked flesh from blue crabs. For example, the meat from stone crab claws can be used in crab cakes, crab soup, crab casserole, crab salad, and other crab recipes. The most popular way to enjoy stone crab claws, however, is to eat them steamed or boiled, with some type of seafood sauce on the side. Let’s face it – most seafood recipes are better with a great seafood sauce recipe! Some people prefer cocktail sauce, while others prefer a tartar sauce recipe. Below, I’m going to share with you a cocktail sauce recipe and a tartar sauce recipe that both go well with stone crab claws.

Stone crab claws are delicious!
Stone crab claws are delicious!

Orange-ginger cocktail sauce recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 cup orange marmalade

½ cup chili sauce

2 tablespoons melted butter

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon cayenne

Orange juice

Directions: Place marmalade in a microwave-safe bowl and zap until marmalade is soft. Stir in remaining ingredients. Add a little orange juice, if needed, to thin sauce. Microwave again for just a few seconds. Serve on the side as a seafood sauce for dipping. This is a great seafood sauce recipe for blue crab, too.

Spicy tartar sauce recipe

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

½ cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons minced onion

1 tablespoon grated horseradish

1 teaspoon curry powder

Directions: In a small bowl, dissolve sugar in lemon juice. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to eat. Serve with cooked stone crab claws. This tartar sauce also goes well with other seafood recipes and crab recipes.

Stone crab claws:

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • ptrg777 profile image

      Peter 

      7 years ago from New York

      Stone crabs are great but can expensive. Love the orange ginger sauce....great idea!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Dave, that sounds like my cocktail sauce recipe I use for shrimp, only I include some lime juice and a little sugar. Good to see you!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Jenu, it's always good to see you here!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      drbj, I sometimes make a sweet mustard sauce for stone crabs, too. Maybe I need to post that recipe here on HP, as well. Thanks for the reminder!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Kimberly, thanks a bunch! You'll love stone crab claws - if you like crabmeat.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      R9, I've never had spider crabs. Maybe I need to give them a try!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Theo, thanks for the comment and for reading!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Susan. You really should try some stone crab claws. Actually, I like them better than crab legs.

    • Dave Mathews profile image

      Dave Mathews 

      7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      I combine a little bit of horse raddish mixed with a little ketchup. If I want a little heat I add either some hot sauce or some dried hot pepper flakes.

    • profile image

      jenubouka 

      7 years ago

      I love, love stone crab! This is an awesome hub with beautiful pics of these sea yummies. Your seafood sauce recipes are definitely one of a kind and look amazing! Thanks for the links too.

    • drbj profile image

      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Holle. I love stone crabs. We have a restaurant called Joe's Stone Crabs here in south Florida and tourists come from all over the world to eat Joe's crabs ... Wait a minute, let me rephrase that ... to eat stone crabs at Joe's. He has another unit in Japan.

      Joe serves his stone crabs with a sweet mustard sauce but your sauces look delicious so I'll try them.

    • KimberlyLake profile image

      Kimberly Lake 

      7 years ago from California

      I have never seen stone crabs before. Their claws are beautiful. The sauce recipes look great and simple to make. I will be trying these out. Socially shared.

    • R9139 profile image

      R9139 

      7 years ago

      @habee, I don't think I have ever had stone crab before. The main ones we get off our coast are spider crabs. Huge legs with loads of meat in them!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      R9, have you tried stone crab claws? You get a lot of meat without much effort! Thanks for reading!

    • todayson profile image

      todayson 

      7 years ago

      About Me: I'm well-balanced, easy-going,good-humoured, serious but love laughing and a good friendly joke. Looking for a good man to share my life with, not

      just someone, but the one who could make me feel loved,secure and complete.Like food is needed for the body, the same way love is needed for the soul,and I

      'm eager to respond him with the same, I'm a giver but also want to feel the same from my partner. Looking for: Looking for a good man to live my life with. No

      games on my part. Interests: Sport, Nature E-mail :

    • Theocharis V profile image

      Theocharis V 

      7 years ago from Piraeus, Greece

      Great recipe and hub! Thanks for sharing.

    • Just Ask Susan profile image

      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow those claws are huge! I've never had stone crab claws or blue crab before, just Alaskan King and Pacific Dungeness. I think I'm missing out here after seeing the picture of your husband with that claw. Your tarter and cocktail sauce recipes sound really good.

    • R9139 profile image

      R9139 

      7 years ago

      I used to get whole crabs from the local fish sales at the harbour, might have to take it up again and try this out. Nice recipes

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com 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: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    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 googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    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)
    Marketing
    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.
    Statistics
    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)