Steamed Stone Crab Claws with Melted Butter

Stone crab claws—the only part of the shellfish that's eaten—are usually served chilled, but they're quite tasty when steamed and eaten still warm with a little melted butter, like lobster.

Steamed Stone Crab Claws with Melted Butter
Though most often served chilled, stone crab claws are quite tasty when steamed and served still warm, doused in melted butter and lemon.
Yield: serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp. (1/2 stick) butter
  • 32 large stone crab claws, chilled
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

Instructions

  1. Put uncracked claws into a steamer basket and set over steamer pot of boiling water over high heat. Cover and steam until heated through, about 5 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, melt butter in a small pan, being careful not to brown it. Remove from heat. Transfer to small serving bowl.
  3. Remove claws from steamer, crack shells, and serve with melted butter and lemon wedges.