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[STEAMED- FRESH] 1/2 Bushel Maryland Male Hard Shell Crabs


  • Any Blue Crab order over 1 day in transit will be shipped using dry ice. This may cause the crabs to freeze they can be thawed under refrigeration.  
  • It is impossible to get every order spiced to exact customer request due to steaming and shipping process.- No money will be refunded 
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Fall Half Bushels filled with Blue Crabs

Plan for a Feast ~ Our Signature Half Bushel Sizes!

Crabs forage the bay’s, tributaries’, and sounds’ brackish waters for about three years. In that time, they’ve grown into a new shell several times during the summer. Each time they get larger, filling the shells with more jumbo, lump, and claw meat. Crabs have a ravenous appetite for snails, oysters, clams, small fish, and anything they can get their claws on! Depending on the lifecycle, they stretch to one of the 4 categories; Bays {5”-6”}, Jimmies {5.5”-6.5”}, Jumbos {6”-7”}, and Females {5”-7”}. We place the females all together since they naturally don’t grow to large sizes since they stop growing at maturity.

Keep an eye on your party size and if you have all adults. Also, are you serving other selections like potato salad, shrimp salad, or even hamburgers? Then choose the right half bushel for your event. Lastly, the “average” crab eater picks between 6-8 crabs per feast. Put all this together and get your steamed crabs delivered as soon as the next day!

Half Bushels ~

Bays (Approximately 4-4 ½ dozen) represent our younger crab, but some say they taste sweeter and also give a chance for the novice to try out picking skills. Consider serving another entrée with bay crabs. Possibly, make it a crab event with a golden-brown crab cake on a buttered Kaiser roll.

Jimmies (Approximately 3-3 ½ dozen) win awards as the “Family Favorite.” The half bushel includes a mix of #1 crabs with a size for everyone in the family. Customers normally serve a garden salad, hot biscuits, and even steamed shrimp with this size.

Jumbos (Approximately 2 ½ dozen) get the applause and adoration for the true crab lover. They receive this title from all the jumbo meat they carry in the back-swimming leg area. The crabs serve as a main course. Don’t forget our DELMARVA Dipping sauce with apple vinegar, brown sugar and top-secret bay favorites. Savor the salty-sweet crab and the tangy complement in the sauce.

Females (Approximately 2.5-4 dozen) have a “cult” following. They claim the female tastes sweeter. It’s true that the meat has a denser consistency from the male’s flaky texture. This density may keep the salt water from seeping into the cavities. “Did you see any roe?” might be a question you hear around the picnic table. Try spreading it on a briquette and eat like a true Marylander. With the mixed sizes, you may want a corn bread side or bacon-wrapped scallops just to keep it honest!

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