At Steamers, we specialize in Chesapeake Bay & Maryland river crabs. We pride ourselves in our preparation of those crabs, in the true, Maryland Eastern Shore way. Our crabs are steamed and spiced with J.O. #2. (J.O. #2 is similar to Old Bay but it is a more coarse seasoning blend so it sticks to the crabs better).
All of our crabs are individually sorted by size and weight. We take out all of the crabs that do not meet our strict standards and sell them in our Seconds. All of our crabs are cooked to order, we do not pre-steam or double steam.
Crab Sizing Info
It is important that when you call any estabilshment for their crab prices, you find out what their measurments are for the different sizes of crabs they carry, as sizes and categories vary from restaurant to restaurant.
Our crabs are sized as follows:
Medium 5.25" - 5.5"
Medium/Large 5.5" - 6"
(medium/large is a size category of crabs,
not a mix of medium and large crabs)
Large 6" - 6.5"
XLarge 6.5" - 7"
We will gladly take crab pre-orders any time except holidays or when crabs are in short supply. Crabs are a natural resource and are not always available when we'd like them to be. We do not buy crabs in advance and pre-steam them for holidays which is why we generally have a lower supply on those weekends.
The ability of crabbers to go out on the water to fish for crabs is very wind & weather dependent and often affects our supply. Crabs are always in short supply around summer holidays and we cannot guarantee what the supply will be like ahead of time.
If you're looking to order on a holiday weekend, please come in or call on the day of and you can place an order for pick-up later in the day. We take orders from all of our patrons in person first before we start answering the phones. If you would like to pre-order for non-holiday times we will be happy to help, just give us a call for more information.
When we sort our crabs, we're not only looking for the size, but the weight of the crab as well. Any of those crabs that do not meet our standards are put into what we call our Seconds and are sold for a lower price than our regular crabs. These crabs are sometimes watery which occurs when a crab that is not full of meat is steamed. We do not take complaints or offer refunds on these crabs.
Seconds are a great option for groups with lots of kids (order yourselves our regular crabs & give the kids the seconds, they'll keep the kids busy picking while saving Mom & Dad money on dinner). They're also a favorite of many of our customers suffering from joint pain as they are easier to pick than our regular crabs. They're also great for making your own soups and stocks.
Why don't you have more jumbos?
We specialize in Maryland crabs, and while we do see larger river crabs from time to time, the X-Large & Jumbo crabs are not as prevalent as they would be if we sourced our crabs from Texas and Louisana. We take pride in offering our customers great local crabs.
And don't forget, a big crab isn't always a good crab and a good crab isn't always a big crab!
What are those black or brown spots on the
bottom of my crabs?
You might hear crab aficionados talk about how great their heavy, black crabs were (often referred to as rusty bellies). When you see dark brown or black marks on the underside of a crab's shell it is generally a sign that the crab is packed full of meat and will soon shed and develop into a new, larger shell. So next time you're feasting, don't worry, your crabs aren't burnt (we couldn't even burn them in our steamers if we tried!), they're just full of meat.
A Note on Allergies
We think the best way to eat crabs and shrimp are when they're steamed with crab spice. However, we understand that allergies or dietary restrictions preclude some of our patrons from enjoying seafood that way. If anyone in your party has a severe allergy to any of the ingredients in J.O. #2 we suggest they order pizza instead, just kidding! (But not really!) J.O. is a gluten and MSG free spice blend.
Our crabs and other cooked items are prepared in large steampots in an open kitchen so there is always a chance of any item coming into contact with other seafood items or spices during the cooking process. If you are concerned about this, we suggest you consult with your physician or order your items raw. Although we strive to serve all of our customers needs, we cannot guarantee any of our menu items against severe allergies and we do not recommend ordering any cooked items for people with severe allergies of any kind.