Stone Crab FAQs

Why is stone crab season so short?

Florida stone crabs are truly a delicacy: To keep them sustainable, they’re harvested only for a short time—October through May. The crabbers detach the claws and return the crabs to the water. It’s labor intensive work. But when they are available, Floridians go crazy with all kinds of Stone Crab fests and parties. (When you taste them, you’ll know why.)

Why do the crabs regenerate new claws?

The stone crabs have huge claws and tiny bodies. Their claws are strong enough to crack open mussels, but detach in case they get stuck in the rocks or need to escape a predator. No big deal; they grow new ones.

What's the best way to eat stone crab?

You may find frozen claws in some places, but fresh caught (like ours) is prized because they have far way much better flavor—with sweeter and more tender meat. Serve chilled, and crack them open.

What can you use to open Stone Crabs?

If you do not have a mallet, you can use a metal spoon and a hand towel to open stone crabs. Hold the claw in the palm of your hand with the hand towel for protection. Using the back of the metal spoon, strike the rounded side of the claw with a quick snapping motion. Peel off the shell and gently remove the meat.