There’s nothing better than whole crab, but you often get the legs already broken down and cleaned served to you at restaurants.  Doing a crab boil at home is simple and so is breaking down a crab.

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All you need is a sharp large chef’s knife.

How to shell a crab1. Flip the crab over, belly up.

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2. Using the tip of a knife, wedge the knife under the triangle shaped flap on the belly.

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3.  Leaving the crab flipped upside down, pull the body from the shell. You can either discard the shell with all the liver inside . . . or if you’re adventurous — eat it!

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4. Rinse off the body and cut in half.

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5. Separate each leg.

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Get crackin’!

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