Florida stone crabs are one of the Sunshine State’s great delicacies. Some people schedule their St. Petersburg vacations during stone crab season just so they can enjoy these succulent crustaceans. Less well-known than their King Crab cousins, stone crabs are found along America’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts. With small bodies that are barely 5 to 6 inches wide, stone crabs might not seem like much of a meal; but their oversized claws are rich and meaty and considered fine eating along the Florida coast.
Stone crab season runs from October 15 to May 15, giving winter vacationers to Florida plenty of time to enjoy this regional delicacy. Harvested primarily between Sarasota and Fort Lauderdale, they are a popular menu item in Florida Gulf Coast restaurants. Many northern diners who are used to eating crab dipped in melted butter are surprised to discover that stone crab claws are traditionally served cold with a spicy mustard sauce for dipping, although they can also be ordered hot with butter. Like their larger cousins, Florida stone crabs have a delicious, sweet-tasting meat that is considered superior to stone crabs found in the Carolinas or Caribbean.
If you’re staying at a St. Petersburg vacation rental you can cook up a batch of stone crab claws yourself. Claws are available fresh or frozen at many local markets, but its worth a trip to Catch 23 or Cox Seafood to get them freshly caught. Just boil the claws in salted water until tender and eat. If your idea of a vacation doesn’t include cooking, you’ll find stone crab on the menu at many St. Petersburg restaurants.
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