Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse
Episode: Farm to Table
40 min
10 min
30 min
4 to 8 servings, depending on the size of the crabs


  • 8 pounds live crabs (blue, golden, or stone)
  • 1 head garlic, halved
  • 1 cup crab boil seasoning, plus more for serving (recommended: Old Bay)
  • 2 lemons, halved and squeezed into pot
  • 1 bottle of beer


Bring a 12-quart pot of water to a boil. Add the garlic, crab boil seasoning, lemons, and beer. Using tongs, add the crabs one at a time to the pot. Cover and return the pot to a boil and continue to boil for 20 minutes.

Remove the crabs one at a time with the tongs to a serving platter. Sprinkle with more crab boil seasoning, serve, and enjoy.


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