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Hard Shell Crabs - HEAVYWEIGHTS - 7 inch PLUS

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A rarity in crab supply, our Heavyweights are 7 plus inches. Because these larger crabs tend to suffer a higher mortality rate they must be ordered steamed. **We do our best to fulfill all orders, however, due to the rarity of Heavyweight Crabs if they are not available we will substitute 14 Jumbo Crabs per dozen Heavyweight Crabs ordered.

How to Steam Live Crabs/Re-steam Crabs

When your live crabs arrive it is important that you steam them as soon as possible. Heat a large pot with approximately 2 inches of water on the bottom. Place a rack or steaming basket in the pot to keep the crabs out of the water. Wait until steam is apparent before placing the crabs in the pot. Sprinkle crab seasoning on the crabs to your liking and then cover with a lid. Let the crabs steam for 5 to 10 minutes after steam pushes out from under the lid. The crabs will turn a shade of orange when cooked throughout.  Follow the same steps as above but for less time. Please look at the chart below for recommended steam times. 

How to Steam Blue Crabs


HHC Crab Seasoning Ingredients  - Salt, Spices and Paprika

Heavyweight Hard Shell Crabs

When it comes to seafood, the Maryland blue crab is in a league of its own. And among the myriad of crab varieties, heavyweight hard shell crabs stand out from the rest as the pinnacle of quality and taste. Get ready to learn everything you need to know about heavyweight hard shell crabs — including what makes them special, how to enjoy them, and why Harbour House Crabs should be your go-to source for all things seafood!

Raw or Steamed Crabs Shipped Fresh To You

One of the delights of buying heavyweight hard shell crabs with us is the convenience of having them shipped directly to your doorstep. Whether you prefer to order them raw and cook them yourself or savor the ease of pre-steamed crabs, amazing quality is guaranteed every time.

What Makes Heavyweight Crabs Special?

Heavyweight hard shell crabs are a specific category of Maryland blue crabs known for their exceptional size, quality, and flavor. These large crabs are the true champions of the underwater world, boasting impressive claws and a meaty body that promises a truly satisfying dining experience.


What sets heavyweight hard shell crabs apart from the rest of their species? Here are a few of the characteristics that make them so special:

Exceptional Size

As the name suggests, heavyweight crabs are impressively large. They often weigh significantly more than the average crab, making them a feast-worthy catch. Heavyweight blue crabs are perfect for hosting a crab feast with friends and family. Spread out newspapers, provide plenty of crab mallets, and let everyone dig into the sumptuous meat. Don't forget to set out plenty of extra crab seasoning, melted butter, garlic, and vinegar for dipping!

Flavorful Meat

The meat of heavyweight crabs is not only abundant but also incredibly flavorful. It's known for its bright white color and a remarkable lack of excess water content. This means that when you crack open the claws of these hard crabs, you're treated to the sweetest, most succulent meat you can find.

Chesapeake Magic

What's the secret behind the exquisite taste of heavyweight crabs? It lies in their habitat. These hard crabs are harvested from the nutrient-rich waters of Chesapeake Bay, a region known for its unique ecosystem. The crabs that call this bay home absorb the essence of the bay itself, resulting in a flavor profile that's truly one-of-a-kind.

Cooking Heavyweight Blue Crabs

Cooking heavyweight blue crabs is a breeze, whether you're steaming them from scratch or reheating pre-steamed crabs. Here’s what you need to know about how to cook hard crabs:

Steaming Crabs

Steaming heavyweight blue crabs is the preferred method for many seafood enthusiasts. It's simple, and it allows the natural flavors of the crabs to shine. Some large crabs, a pot of boiling water, (salt before boiling), a steaming rack, and some crab seasoning (such as Old Bay seasoning) is all you need. For the sake of efficiency, you may want to use several pots at once, although this is completely optional and you may not need to do so if you’re cooking less than a dozen crabs.


In a large pot, you can typically fit a dozen or so medium crabs, or 5-6 jumbo or heavyweight crabs. Do not overcrowd a single pot as you can end up undercooking the crabs. Loosely cover the pot with the lid. After a brief steaming, you'll be treated to a half-dozen to a dozen piping hot, mouthwatering crabs. You'll know they've been steamed properly when their hard shells turn bright red. Be careful when serving freshly cooked crabs as the boiling heat can linger within the crabs for several minutes.

Reheating Crabs

If you've ordered your seafood pre-steamed, there are several ways to reheat steamed crabs. Simply cover with a damp paper towel and heat in the microwave, or re-steam the crabs briefly until they're cooked through. Crabs steam faster in the microwave, but you may lose some of the delicate texture of the crab meat. (We do not recommend cooking raw crabs in the microwave.)

Seasoning Crabs 

To enhance the natural flavors of jumbo or heavyweight crabs, it's essential to use the right crab seasonings, whether you steam them, fry them, or bake them. Our classic Chesapeake seasoning blends, made with Old Bay and other delectable spices, are designed to pair perfectly with steamed crabs, elevating their taste to new heights.

Why Choose Harbour House for Maryland Blue Crab?

Now that you're well-versed in the allure of heavyweight hard shell crabs, it's time to treat your taste buds to a seafood experience like no other. Harbour House Crabs is your one-stop destination for all things crab, from succulent large female hard shell crabs to jumbo shrimp to the largest heavyweight crustaceans you can imagine. With a commitment to customer satisfaction, we have earned our reputation as a premium seafood retailer all over the United States! Here’s why we have so many loyal customers:

Meticulous Packaging

When you order heavyweight raw or steamed crabs from Harbour House Crabs, you can expect meticulous packaging every time, whether you order a half dozen or an entire bushel. Your crabs are carefully prepared and packed in dry ice and gel packs to maintain their freshness during the shipping process.

Speedy Shipping

We go to great lengths to ensure that your heavyweight steamed or raw crabs are sent out the same day they're packed or steamed, so you can enjoy them at their peak freshness. Shipping your crabs anywhere east of the Mississippi takes just 1-2 days, while the rest of the US can enjoy crabs in just 2-4 days. In other words, they come right from the shore to your door!

Convenient Online Ordering

Buying heavyweight blue crabs online has never been easier. Harbour House Crabs provides a user-friendly online ordering process that allows you to select your preferred quantity (we sell by the dozen as well as the bushel and half-bushel) and cooking options. Whether you only need a dozen crabs or several bushels, we make it simple to stock up on the delicious seafood you love.

A Tradition of Excellence

Throughout our many years in the Maryland seafood industry, we have honed our craft to provide you with the freshest and best hard crabs, soft shell crabs, lobster tails, and other food options. We take pride in maintaining the highest standards in the industry. We promise that a bushel of crabs from Harbour House will be unlike anything you've ever eaten before!

Buy Heavyweight Blue Crabs Online Today!

Heavyweight hard shell crabs, particularly the Maryland Blue Crab variety, are a seafood lover's dream. Whether you choose to steam them with your own special seasoning blend or opt for the convenience of pre-cooked crabs, the experience is unparalleled. And when you're searching for the highest quality heavyweight crabs online, Harbour House Crabs is your trusted source. So don't wait any longer — indulge in the fantastic flavor of heavyweight hard shell crabs and elevate your seafood cravings to a whole new level. Order a few dozen or an entire bushel today and chow down on the crown jewel of the sea!