Corpus Christi Crab Boil
How to Make Corpus Christi Crab Boil
- Put the large kettle of water, with the crab boil seasoning packet on the stove and bring to a boil. Cook the crabs in batches by dropping the fresh live crabs into the boiling water using tongs, 3 or 4, at a time, depending on their size, and the size of the kettle, to totally submerge, however, do not overcrowd. Let the water come back to a boil.
- Note: This is a photo of the Tule Lake lift bridge on the Corpus Christi Shipping Channel. It has since been demolished.
Live crabs can be purchased along coastal areas. A Crab Boil would make a fun summer party. Put the cooked crabs on a table covered with brown paper bags or newspaper and let everyone tear into their own crabs. You will have to supply the crab cracking utensils. We used pliers and hammers. I would imagine that there are special tools that can be purchased for crab cracking.
The individual bowls of melted butter is for each person to dip their crab meat in.
I wish Blue Crab could live in our hill country river. The coastal salt water in Corpus is a 4 hour drive and there is definitely no live crab to be seen around here.
The photos are not mine, however, they represent the memory I had of my childhood crabbing experience.