How to Reheat Steamed Blue Crabs: My 3 Go-To Techniques

How to reheat steamed Blue Crabs

Blue crabs, being seafood, go bad very quickly, but if you store them well, they will last you a few days. The great thing about them is that you do not need to heat them to enjoy them. But what if you need to reheat the steamed blue crabs? How should you do it?

You can opt to reheat your steamed blue crabs by steaming them or using the microwave, and this technique is very similar to reheating seafood boil. The microwave is a fast way to reheat steamed blue crab since it ensures that they do not get dry. If you choose to use it, 1-1 1/2 minutes will be enough, and the crabs will taste as though you have steamed them.

You can reheat steamed blue crabs in several easy and fast methods. Ensure that the method you choose does not make the crabs dry and the taste remains unchanged. This article will guide you on how to reheat your steamed blue crabs; keep reading!

1. Reheating Steamed Blue Crabs in the Microwave

how to reheat crabs

The fastest method to reheat your steamed blue crabs is with a microwave. It is pretty straightforward to do so, ensuring that they remain moist. Here is how you can reheat your steamed blue crabs:

1.       Start by removing the crabs from the fridge. You want to ensure that they are at room temperature by the time they start reheating in the microwave. It will make the process pretty quick, so leave them out of the fridge for about 20-30 minutes.

2.       Wet a piece of paper towel and squeeze it out before wrapping the blue crabs with it. You will be reheating them in batches, so cover each set with a wet paper towel.

3.       Normally, it will be better to reheat a few at a time to reheat well and quickly. Using the damp paper towel helps ensure that the crabs do not dry up while you are you reheating them.

4.       Place the steamed blue crabs in the microwave. Since you have them wrapped, you need not use a dish to reheat them. Just place your first batch on the microwave plate.

5.       Set the microwave to high. High heat always ensures that enough heat reaches the crabs.

6.       For each batch you will be reheating, one minute or two will be enough to bring the crab meat inside the crab shells to the desired temperature.

7.       remove the steamed blue crabs with tongs once the crabs are done, to ensure you don’t burn your fingers. Leave the paper towels on the heated crabs to keep them warm and moist while you are warming up the rest.

8.       Repeat with the next batch in the microwave and allow the crab meat to heat up at the same temperature and time.

9. When done with all the batches of crab meat, serve.

2. Reheating Steamed Blue Crabs Using a Steamer

Reheating Crab in a Steamer

Steaming is also a viable method to reheat your steamed blue crabs. This method ensures that the crabs remain moist  throughout. Even though there are quite a lot of steps involved, it is always the ideal alternative method for microwaving.

One major thing you will require is a steamer basket or a rack. So, here is how you do it:

1.       Always start by putting water in a large pot. The water can reach up to about 3 inches from the bottom of the pot.

2.       If you want, you can add some more seasonings to the water as it boils. They will add some extra flavor to your crabs. Tasty suggestions include garlic, onion powder, vinegar or beer.

3.       Place your steamer basket or rack inside the pot. Ensure that the part of the steamer basket where the crabs will sit is above the water level (and empty out some of the extra water if necessary).

4.       It is now time to bring the water to a boil. So, set the heat to high and boil the water. 

5.       At this point, place your crabs on the steamer basket or the rack. Once again, ensure that they also do not touch the water. You can throw more seasoning on the crab if you want.

6.        Cover the pot containing the crabs and allow the pot to come up to the boil again and steam for about 5 minutes.

7.       Check that the crabs are nice and hot and serve.

Note:       Ensure you do not leave them in the steamer for long. Otherwise, the delicate crab meat may end up becoming tough.

3. Reheating Steamed Blue Crabs in the Oven

Reheating Steamed Blue Crabs in Oven

Even though the oven is not ideal, you can also use it to reheat steamed blue crabs. What you have to ensure is that you reheat in a way that they will not get dry. To do this:

1.       Preheat your oven to 375.

2.       Add half an inch of water to an oven-friendly dish.

3.       Place this dish in the oven, and allow it to heat up until it produces steam.

4.       Place a wire rack on top of this dish, then place your steamed blue crabs on the wire rack.

5.       Allow the crabs to get hot for approximately 10 minutes before removing them from the oven.


Reheating steamed blue crabs can be a culinary art, ensuring that the delicate flavors and textures are preserved. Through our journey in this guide, we’ve explored various methods such as steaming, microwaving, and even reheating them in an oven, each with its own nuances. The key takeaway is to balance efficiency with the need to maintain the delicious taste and texture of the crabs.

As you venture into reheating steamed blue crabs, remember to exercise patience and precision. The goal is to bring these ocean treasures back to life without compromising their quality. With the techniques provided, you now have the tools to enjoy a second serving of succulent, flavorful blue crabs, reminiscent of the initial steaming experience.

Ready to savor the taste of freshly reheated blue crabs? Share your experiences and tips in the comments below. Whether you prefer one reheating method over another or have your own secret ingredient to enhance the flavor, your insights can benefit the broader community of seafood enthusiasts. Don’t forget to spread the love by sharing this guide with friends and family who appreciate the art of reheating seafood. Happy indulging!

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