Hot Shellfish How-Tos

How To: Poach shrimp properly

In this tutorial, we learn how to properly poach shrimp. Poaching will make your shrimp tender instead of tough, which is what happens when you boil shrimp. To know if your water is at poaching temperature, it will be steaming and hot to the touch. When it hurts to touch the water, then you will know it's ready to be mixed with a lot of salt. Once it's the right seasoning and temperature, add in your ice cold shrimp. While the shrimp are inside of the water, move them around with a strainer u...

How To: Do a crab boil

The chefs at the food channel are going to show you how to do a crab boil the best way possible. First, you are going to need a large pot connected to propane gas and to fill it up with 8 gallons of water to boil. Next, you want to add the seasonings to the pot which are, 2 cups of salt, a healthy amount of black peppercorn, 4 bags of seafood pickling mixtures, 3 small bottles of cooking oil, and a nice amount of hot sauce for some kick. You want to add the top back to the pot and let that si...

How To: Cook Jamaican curry garlic crab legs

In this tutorial, we learn how to cook Jamaican curry garlic crab legs. First, place your crab legs in a large pot and sprinkle ground black pepper on them. Then, sprinkle on some garlic powder and curry that has been mixed with 1 c melted butter. Then, turn your stove on medium and let the crab legs cook for a few minutes. Then the oil heat up so the crab legs absorb the flavor. Add in 1 c water in the side of the pot so it doesn't cover the crab legs. Place the top on the pot and let it boi...

How To: Shuck an oyster using the hinge method

In this how-to video, you will learn how to shuck an oyster using the hinge method. First, you must have cleaned oysters, oyster knife, a small towel, and a glove. The oyster has a flat top shell and a bottom shell. The hinge is where you will be inserting the knife. Place the oyster top side down on a flat surface. Insert the tip of the knife into the small hinge opening. Use force to push it in. Clean the knife and then pry it open. Slide the knife across the top shell towards the abductor ...

How To: Cook some southern-style snow crab legs

In this tutorial, we learn how to cook some southern-style snow crab legs. First, boil some water with vinegar and lemon juice inside of it. After this, add in more spices to the pot. You can add in veggies, garlic, onions, and whatever else you'd like for your crabs. After you have added all of these in, you will place your snow crab legs inside of the water and close the pot with the cap. Let these boil in the water until they are fully cooked. When they are finished, serve these with addit...

How To: Make seafood stuffed clams on the barbecue

When you are in need of a real special side dish for your next barbecue, check out these easy to grill seafood stuffed clams. In this how to video one of the BBQ Pit Boys combines Rhode Island Littleneck Clams, Maine Lobster, Louisiana Shrimp, and Alaskan King Crab into some herb bread stuffing mix for a crowd pleasing BBQ side dish.

How To: Make a delicious shrimp scampi with frozen shrimp

Here Judy explains us how to cook Shrimp Scampi. You use frozen Shrimp. We take about 3 /4th cups of butter and put it in a pan which is heated. Add half a cup of green onions to it after melting it. Add 4 small cloves for garlic. Put sum oil on the garlic and then put it in the pan so that it does not burn in the pan. You add half a cup of chopped parsley to this. Cook it about for 2 minutes. Now add the shrimp and cook it for about 3-5 minutes and keep stirring it. Now remove the shrimp and...

How To: Make garlic shrimp just like the Oahu food trucks

Hawaii is definitely a beautiful place, and a popular vacation destination. But if you are a foodie, you know that the best part about Hawaii is the food! And in Oahu, the locals know that the best stuff is the garlic shrimp that you can get at the food trucks. But instead of going out and buying a plane ticket to Hawaii, let chef Jason Hill take you through the steps in making your own!

How To: Prepare and clean fresh snow crab

Web Chef demonstrates how to prepare and clean snow crab. First, fill a large pot halfway full of water, add a dash of sea salt and bring it to a boil. Throw in the crabs, replace the lid and cook them for 15 minutes. Remove the crabs from the pot and run them under cold water. Pull out the crab's apron and break half the body from the shell. Grab the legs and pry it out from its shell. Break out the mouth and the lungs. Rinse the crab under cold water. Pry the body away from the other half o...

How To: Crack open Alaskan king crab legs

In this tutorial, we learn how to crack open Alaskan king crab legs. First, you will take the crab legs and let them cool off so you can handle them. After this, find the bottom piece that was attached to the body. What you want to do is always start from the tip and bend it backwards. What you will see is the tendons come out. If you don't do this, you will end up chewing on them when you eat the meat. From here, you will bend back towards the middle of the leg and then you can remove the me...

How To: Make Mediterranean crab cakes topped with heirloom tomato vinaigrette

This is a Greek twist on the crab cakes we all know and love, with a tzatziki being the creative addition to the delicious fried crab cakes. The tzatziki is a wonderful Greek yogurt and cucumber sauce, which compliments the fresh avocado relish and the creamy heirloom tomato vinaigrette that gets its gorgeous color from the variety of colors you can choose from in heirlooms. You can make most of the components of this dish ahead of time, then just blend the vinaigrette ingredients and cook up...

How To: Make seared scallops on a Teppanyaki flattop

This video is a cooking video from Anne Burrell on the Food Network. She demonstrates how to make Teppanyaki Seared Scallops with Butternut Squash, Zucchini, and scallions. She goes through each step. She juliennes the zucchini, skins ginger, chops up edamame, and slices some onion. She describes how to take off the scallops hard muscle section prior to cooking. She uses soy sauce and oil to heat up a very hot grill, and shows a bunch of students how you would best go about cooking the scallo...

How To: Make prawn cakes with potatoes

In America, the only seafood cake most people are familiar with is the crab cake. This video will teach you a recipe for a whole different kind of fish cake: prawn cakes. Prawns are the largest and most savory member of the shrimp family, and this recipe combines them with potatoes and some vegetables and then fries them in a pan to create a savory, whole-meal-in-one-piece final product.

How To: Cook cockles (small saltwater clams)

This video shows how to cook cockles, which are a variety of small clam. First, it is explained that the cockles must be first well-washed in cold water to remove sand. Cockles are only safe to cook if they're still alive; generally, they will be tightly closed if they're alive. It explained that if you have an open cockle, you can check if its alive by simply tapping the shell against something hard and waiting to see if the shell closes. The cockles are put in a dish with water and an acidi...

How To: Prepare and eat Portuguese style periwinkle snails

Periwinkle are one of the most overlooked and underrated members of the seafood family. Try this Portuguese and Asian treat you can find on the rocks near salt water. Watch this how to video to learn how to prepare this escargot with garlic powder, pepper and a little seaweed. Prepare and eat Portuguese style periwinkle snails.

How To: Make a delicious shrimp casserole

This casserole will definitely make you the most popular person at the potluck. It's deceptively easy - all you need is butter, two pounds of deveined shrimp, onion, crushed Ritz crackers, garlic salt, salt and pepper. Then just layer in your casserole dish and bake! Make a delicious shrimp casserole.

How To: Boil blue crabs at home, Cajun style

In this tutorial, we learn how to boil blue crab with home with Beryl Stokes. Before you begin, place the crabs in ice water for at least 30 minutes. Next, boil a large pot with water and a medium pot with water. Prepare your ingredients which are: white vinegar, Tabasco sauce, onions, limes, green onions, garlic, salt, and pepper. Now, squeeze your lime into the medium pot and drop in slices. Add in salt to the large and medium pot and put onions in as well. Add in your garlic and green onio...

How To: Split and clean rock shrimp

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to split and clean rock shrimp. The rock shrimp looks similar to the regular shrimp, except it has a hard outer shell. Begin by taking off the head of the rock shrimp. Now take a knife and cut down the middle of the shrimp to open the shell. Users may also use scissors to cut. Cut straight down into the back and crack it open. Take the vein out and remove the meat from the shell. This video will benefit those viewers who enjoy eating seafood and would...

How To: Cook steamed lobster with butter

In this video, host Kim, from Cooking with Kim, demonstrates how to steam lobster tails and butter using the EZ Steam Grill. The EZ Steam Grill is a rack which sits on the edges of a pot suspended above boiling water. This quick and easy seafood recipe can be made in just minutes. Kim begins by placing the lobster tails on the EZ Steam Grill. In the center of the grill there is a spot for a small container which she fills with butter, to be melted while the lobster tails cook. She squeezes le...

How To: Make camp fire lobster tails

Dan "The Lobster Man" Zawacki demonstrates how to make campfire lobster tails. First, quarter lemon halves. Then, butterfly the lobster tails by pushing on the tail. Use shears and cut the underside of the lobster down the middle. Flatten the tail a little more and use a knife to slice the lobster open. Pour clarified butter onto the lobster meat and squeeze lemon juice onto it. Butterflying the lobster will make it cook a lot faster in its own juices in the shell. Wrap the buttered lobster t...

How To: Crack crab legs and get the meat out in one piece

This video from the website What to Cook When shows us how to crack open the crab legs and get the meat out of them. Firstly starting with the cluster of legs, simply grab one of the legs and break it off of the cluster. Now simply grab the leg and starting with the joint, break it into half and pull it apart. Then take the middle section which you just broke and put your fingers right in the middle of that section, crack that one leg and then flip it over and crack it the other way. And once...

How To: Make Alaskan king crab cakes with lemon dill sauce

Make mouths water with this crab cake and lemon dill sauce recipe. In a bowl add 2 eggs, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup of mayonnaise, 1 teas. Worcestershire sauce, 1 teas. Old Bay Seasoning, 1/4 teas mustard powder, and 1/4 teas. black pepper. Blend mixture until it is all melded together. Fold 1 pd. of Alaskan king crab meat into mixture. If mixture is to moist add more bread crumbs a little at a time. To make patties make a large meat ball and hand press into a patty. Refrigerate patties for...

How To: Cook crab legs

Many people will agree that their favorite meal to go out for is crab legs. With this video from Chef Jason Hill from CookingSessions.com, you can learn to cook crab legs at home for a nice dinner that costs a lot less than going out to a fancy seafood restaurant. Instead of the typical boiling method, we see how to cook them on the grill! He also explains how to make homemade garlic butter using butter, garlic, rosemary and thyme.

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