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Home > Recipes > Stone Crab Claw Recipes > Stone Crab Claws with Cilantro Butter & Old Bay


  • 8 stone crab claws (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tbsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • a handful fresh cilantro chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 garlic clove peeled
  • garlic powder
  • 2 handfuls ice cubes
  • pepper
  • salt


  1. Fill a high pan with water and add 2 teaspoons of Old Bay seasoning, garlic and bay leaves. Also season with a dash of pepper and salt. Place the pan over high heat until boiling. Then add the crab claws.

  2. Then lower the heat and boil the claws: 8 minutes if they are fresh, 5 minutes if frozen. In the meantime prepare an ice bath: fill a bowl with cold water and add the ice cubes. Then place this in the fridge. Once the crab is boiled, take the pan off the heat and transfer the claws using a slotted spoon to the ice bath.

  3. Let the claws chill for 5 minutes, then drain them. Then open the claws by gently tapping on the claw with the back of a knife blade, turning the claw until it cracks open.

  4. Do the same with the crab knuckles.
  5. Open up the remaining claws.

  6. Add the butter to a large non-stick pan and place it over medium heat until melted. Season with pepper, salt, garlic powder and Old Bay seasoning. Then add the chopped cilantro.

  7. Stir well and then add the crab.

  8. Don't stir it but let it warm through for about 7 minutes. Drizzle regularly with the cilantro butter. Then check the seasoning and add extra pepper, salt or Old Bay seasoning to taste. Then divide the crab over 2 plates and drizzle with the remaining butter sauce. Serve hot.

    Recipe courtesy of June Darville