If you’ve ever been to a crab feast, it’s no secret that people love eating meat from crabs. But what about the shells? Are they just for decoration or can you eat them too? As someone who has eaten plenty of crab in my life, I have always wondered about crab shells—and whether or not I could actually eat them.
Can You Eat Crab Shells?
The answer is yes, you can eat crab shells. In fact, crab shells are very nutritious and make an excellent food source for humans. Crab shells are a good source of calcium, magnesium, and zinc. You can eat just the shells, garnish salads, or cook them as part of a meal.
Are There Any Risks To Eating Crab Shells?
Yes, there are some risks to eating crab shells. The most common risk is that the shells are sharp and cause injury to your mouth. The edges can be very sharp so you need to be careful when eating them.
Some kinds of crabs have shells that are smoother than others so this isn’t as much of a problem but it’s still something you need to be aware of when eating crab.
Another issue is that some people get a kind of stomach ache from eating too many crab shells. This is because they contain traces of calcium carbonate which can upset your stomach when eaten in large quantities, according to MayoClinic.
Benefits Of Eating Crab Shells
Crab shells are usually thrown away after being used as packaging material for crab meat. However, there are several benefits of eating crab shells that make it worth considering as a cooking ingredient.
Here are three benefits of eating crab shells:
1. They taste great! Crab shells have a mild flavor similar to seafood and can be eaten as they are or mixed with other ingredients such as rice or noodles. You can also use them to make soups or stews such as paella or seafood salad.
2. They’re packed with nutrients! Crab shells contain high amounts of protein and calcium which are both essential nutrients for healthy living. They also contain vitamin D which helps boost your immune system and prevent diseases such as flu and colds.
What Do Crab Shells Taste Like?
Crab shells are crunchy and salty, just like you’d expect. If you’ve ever eaten crab legs, the taste of crab shells is basically the same—it’s just a bit more concentrated (which makes sense, since there isn’t any meat left to dilute them).
How To Clean Crab Shells
Before you can eat crab shells, you’ll need to clean them first.
Here’s how to clean crab shells:
First, separate the shell from the meat. You can do this with your hands or use a knife or fork to scrape away the meat from inside the shell. The meat will be easier to remove if you freeze the crab first.
Next, clean out any bits of meat and cartilage left in the shell. You can do this by rinsing them under running water or using your fingers or a spoon to scrape them out.
Once your crab shells are clean, you are ready to use them in your cooking. If you’re not going to use them right away, place the crab shells in an airtight container and place it in the fridge. This will prevent bacteria from growing on it.
How To Eat Crab Shells
There are many ways to eat crab shells, but here are a few ideas:
- Make soup with them
- Crush them and add them to fried rice or pasta
- Add them to soups or stews as an extra flavor boost
- Grind them into powder and use them as a seasoning for souping or frying meat dishes like chicken wings or ribs
What Other Ways Can You use Crab Shells?
There are a variety of ways to eat crab shells. Some people simply throw them away, while others use them in creative ways.
Here are several ways you can use your leftover crab shells:
Use Them as Toilet Paper
You can use the shells as toilet paper for your next trip to the bathroom. When you’re finished using the restroom, just throw it away. It’s easy and doesn’t require any special cleaning products or tools. If you don’t want to use it as toilet paper, you can also use it as a sponge when cleaning up spills around the house.
Make A Decorative Bowl Out Of Them
If you have enough leftovers, you can make a decorative bowl out of them by gluing them together with hot glue or super glue. You’ll need a large bowl that is big enough to hold all of your leftover crab shells and then cover it with sand so that no one will see what it’s made out of while they’re eating their meal at the restaurant or picnic table outside!
Put Them In Your Garden Or Flower Bed
Crab shells make excellent fertilizer for gardens and flower beds because they’re full of nutrients that help plants grow quickly and produce beautiful flowers and vegetables!
As you can see, crab shells are packed with nutrients and can be quite tasty when prepared correctly. Just remember to cook them thoroughly first and you can use them in many different foods.
Kate has been in the food business for over 20 years. Worked as a cook at several buffets which include Old Country Buffet, Five Star Buffet, and Ichiban Buffet. Now, I’m mostly at home cooking for my family, caring for chickens and ducks, and tending the garden.