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Portuguese crab boil with spicy crushed peppers and piri piri gives the crab meat a hot and tangy flavor, enjoy.
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Portuguese Crab Boil Recipe

Portuguese Crab Boil Recipe

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Posted in: Fish / Seafood
Thu, Aug 3, 2017, 13:31
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12 live crabs1 cup of coarse sea salt4 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning4 tablespoons of crushed red peppers2 tablespoons of piri piri2 lemons cut into halves2 onions, chopped
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    • Set aside the crabs in a bowl off to the side.
    • Fill a 5 gallon pot half way with water. Add all the ingredients except for the crabs. Bring it to a rapid boil on high heat.
    • Once the water is boiling begin to add the crabs to the pot. They will likely need to be cooked in 1-2 batches depending on the size of the pot.
    • The crabs will need to boil for about 25 minutes. Stir the pot well as they cook.
    • They will begin to float when they are fully cooked. At this point you can pull them from the water and let them cool in a serving platter.
    • They are ready to serve once done cooking.
    • Notice: Crabs will stay fresh in the fridge for about a week, you can also freeze them right after they are boiled and store them in the freezer.
    Recipe & Photo Credit: easyportugueserecipes.com


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