Video : How to kill and clean a crab, and bake crab

Mud crabs or crabs which live in mud have menacing claws. Those claws are so strong, it may even fracture your finger if they manage to pinch you. So, don’t mess with the little crustaceans. I got a video here which shows how we kill a crab.

My hubby stabbed a chopstick right into the ‘heart’ of the crab. Poor crab, in its haste to escape death, even broke off its own claw in trying to escape from the raffia string tied to it. Actually, it is a very cruel thing to do to the poor creature. But heck, God says He created all the creatures on earth, in the water and in the air for our consumption, right? Hahaha. Moreover, it is kinder than throw the poor crabs into a pot of hot, boiling water or hot oven, no?

The video wasn’t intended for Youtube and certainly not on my blog. But since it is rather descriptive, might as well share it.

live crab

We bought live mud crabs for RM32/kg. To know if the crab is fresh, find those which stared back at you in the eyes. The baby above even hiss when we went near it.

live crab

Put them in running water and give it a good brush. Do not take off the strings used to tie them or else you will have to chase after these crabs as they can run away.

how to kill a crab

With a quick stab, the crab is dead. Before you remove the string, be sure it is really dead. Sometimes, the claws will jerk even when the crab is dead. So pitiful, right? Remove the ‘flap’ near the body, chopped off the legs and any parts that you find messy. We left the crab intact as we wanted to bake them.

crab - baked

Rub some butter and coarse sea salt and bake the crabs at high heat. It takes about 20 minutes to cook through.

crab with roe

The crab is full of roe which is the orangey eggs. All feelings of compassion for poor creatures being stabbed to death are forgotten once I tore open the shell and saviour the sweet flesh of the crab. Amen. May the poor crabs rest in peace in me. Burp.

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6 thoughts on “Video : How to kill and clean a crab, and bake crab


    (November 3, 2008 - 5:19 am)

    yeah, I felt so pityful and cruel when seeing my mom kill it during i was a little kid long ago.
    but heck, they’re delicious

    New Kid On The Blog

    (November 3, 2008 - 10:59 am)

    I can hear that burp very loud!! 🙂

    Criz Lai

    (November 3, 2008 - 11:31 am)

    Wow! So much roe in the crab… surely must be very yummy. 🙂

    I saw the video and wondered why he didn’t use a pointed chopstick instead. It’s so hard to use that smooth one. 😛

    I want to share with you a secret to avoid those menacing claws from “kiap”ing your hands here. Just pluck one of the pointed legs and stab deep into the top part of the closed big claw. There should be a softer “dent” at the top claw. Do for both sides and you would be safe from being “kiap”ed. This will work all the time but there’s a hiccup as you still won’t be able to stop it from running away with the remaining legs. 😛


    (November 3, 2008 - 4:35 pm)

    Visited a crab farm on an island recently. According to the elderly owner, the perfect way to cook crabs are:

    Bring a pot of water to a boil, then add the live crabs upside down with the strings on. Leave the lid on and leave for a few minutes. This way, the crabs will retain its juice and the colour will turn bright orange. You can then remove the strings, wash and serve ’em, or continue cooking your own crab dish (with added sauce or bake and what have you).

    He said always buy live crabs, else the steamed or cooked crabs won’t be as tasty.


    (November 3, 2008 - 11:29 pm)

    skyjuice – Aiseh, kesiannyer masuk boiling water jacuzzi. Hahaha.

    criz – Tks for the tips. If I kena kiap, I know where to attack already.

    nktob – Cannot enjoy too often, bad for health, later get gout susah.

    ipohchai – You should see the related youtube, xiaxue chopped it alive. Lagi dahsyat. Hahaha.


    (November 5, 2008 - 12:15 pm)

    soooo cruellllllllllllllllllll

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