Stone Crab claws are truly one of my favorite seafood meals. I love shrimp, oysters, clams, lobster, and all sorts of fish but there is something truly special about Stone Crab. Maybe it's the fact that you can only get them in the winter months, making you wait all summer long for them?
The season for stone crab runs from October 15 to May 15. It sounds like a fairly long season but they are not always abundant and the market price can really vary!
Stone crabs are also a very sustainable species. When the crabs are harvested only on e of the claws is removed and then the crab is returned to the water. They still have one claw to defend and feed with and the missing claw will grow back with 12 to 24 months to legal size once again. They are caught in traps and and now equipment but bare hands are used to handle the crabs.
I was just searching around for a price per pound on these monsters and came across a special for Large Size 8 Lbs(32-40 Claws) Fresh Florida Claws Shipping Included
5 pounds was just the right amount for us to. The girls are pros at this by now and are pretty self sufficient as long as they are cracked. This was a nice leisurely meal for us on a lazy Saturday night...
All we do with a pile of stone crab is crack them and serve them with clarified butter for dunking. We ate these cold with some oven roasted french fries and a salad. Love this meal!