Emeril’s Crab Boil

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Yield: 4 to 8 servings depending on the size of the crabs


  • 8 pounds live crabs (blue, golden, or stone)
  • 1 head garlic, halved
  • 1 cup crab boil seasoning, plus more for serving (recommended: Old Bay)
  • 2 lemons, halved and squeezed into pot
  • 1 bottle of beer


  1. Bring a 12-quart pot of water to a boil. Add the garlic, crab boil seasoning, lemons, and beer. Using tongs, add the crabs one at a time to the pot. Cover and return the pot to a boil and continue to boil for 20 minutes.
  2. Remove the crabs one at a time with the tongs to a serving platter. Sprinkle with more crab boil seasoning, serve, and enjoy.