Best Steamed Crabs in Frederick, Md

We get asked regularly on our Facebook page, where are the best steamed crabs in Frederick County?

Well, lucky for us, we have plenty of steamed crabs options.

As can be seen, based on our readers’ responses, we have a great list of the best steamed crabs in Frederick County.

Best Steamed Crabs in Frederick, Md

In brief, we sorted out our list by ‘Carry Out Only’ and ‘Eat In & Carry Out’.

Notably, our list is ordered by most popular, according to our readers.

History of Maryland Steamed Crabs

However, before we show you our list, we have to talk a little bit about eating crabs.

Up to the present time, blue crabs have been caught commercially in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay since the 1800’s.

For this reason, crabbing is a very important part of Maryland’s economy.

Consequently, being Maryland natives, we cut our teeth on steamed blue crabs, covered with lots of Old Bay Seasoning!

As a matter of fact, having a crab feast is a rite of passage for Marylanders and just as common as going to church on Sundays.

I can visualize it now: A big table with a bunch of newspaper used as the tablecloth.

In addition, there are several rolls of paper towels as well as open paper trash bags situated on the floor around the table.

Finally, there are small bowls of melted butter and vinegar at each place setting, along with wooden mallets, crab crackers and crab forks/picks.

Best Steamed Crabs in Frederick, Md

Nothing fancy!

And that’s the beauty of it all!

Back to the big table: The beautiful sight of that huge pile of steaming crabs nestled together in the center of the table.

Eating Steamed Crabs Is An Event

Having a crab feast is not just a meal, it’s an event!

As a matter of fact, it’s not unheard of to spend several hours sitting at the table picking and eating crabs, while drinking a cold beer (or two) and enjoying the company of friends and family.

Honestly, it’s what eating crabs is all about.

Just hearing the sound of wooden mallets pounding on crabs and the cracking of shells brings me back to the days when I was a child.

Back in the day, we enjoyed countless Sundays eating hot steamed crabs on our backyard deck, catching up with each other and watching the world go by.

Obviously, it just doesn’t get any better than that!

So, now that I’ve set the stage and described to you the importance to a Marylander of eating good steamed crabs, we present to you our list of the best steamed crabs in Frederick County.

Bonus: We’ve included a few comments from our readers regarding specials!

Steamed Crabs – Carry Out Only

1. West Pointe Crab House

Best Steamed Crabs in Frederick, Md
Photo credit: West Pointe Crab House

1440 W Patrick St
Frederick, MD 21702
(301) 682-6800

2. Lighthouse Seafood & Deli

Great seafood at Lighthouse Deli
Photo credit: Lighthouse Seafood & Deli

12051 Old National Pike
New Market, MD 21774
(301) 865-8925

3. Trout’s Market

3 N Main St Unit 1
Woodsboro, MD 21798
(301) 898-4103

4. JB Seafood

Best Steamed Crabs in Frederick, Md
Photo credit: JB Seafood

308 Main St
Myersville, MD 21773
(301) 293-2722

5. Cameron’s Seafood

5731 Buckeystown Pike
Frederick, MD 21704
(301) 695-9005

Steamed Crabs – Eat In & Carry Out

1. Avery’s Maryland Grille

Great Seafood at Avery's
Photo credit: Avery’s Maryland Grille

9009 Baltimore Rd
Frederick, MD 21704
(301) 228-2722

“Monday through Thursday Avery’s has a $33.95 All You Can Eat special on crabs and hush puppies ????”

“Avery’s has Tuesday night snow crab cluster special. Sooo good!!

2. May’s Restaurant

5640 Urbana Pike
Frederick, MD 21704
(301) 662-4233

3. Rube’s Crab Shack

17308 N Seton Ave
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
(301) 447-4116

4. Liberty Road Seafood & Steak

Best Steamed Crabs in Frederick, Md

10524 Liberty Road
Frederick, MD 21701

5. Buckeystown Pub

6803 Michaels Mill Rd
Buckeystown, MD 21717
(301) 662-9465

6. The Furnace Grill & Crab House

Best Steamed Crabs in Frederick, Md

12841 Catoctin Furnace Rd
Thurmont, MD 21788
(240) 288-8942

So, which crab place in Frederick is your favorite?

And speaking of favorites, I was recently quoted in this NewsBreak article about what makes a crab cake delicious and where to find the best ones!

Is your favorite crab cake place on the list?

All this crab talk has made me decide to schedule a crab feast in my very near future!

Check out our posts on recipes using crab meat:

Maryland Crab Pizza

Maryland Hot Crab Dip

28 Crab Meat Recipes That You Don’t Have To Be A Marylander To Love

Maryland Deviled Eggs with Crab

Crab Cakes With Remoulade Sauce

Cream of Crab Soup: Maryland’s Grand Prize Recipe

Best Steamed Crabs in Frederick, Md
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