Hot Shellfish How-Tos

How To: Boil Cajun style Southern crabs

In this video, we learn how to properly cook crabs. First, bring a lot of water in a very large pot to a boil. Next, add in 1 dozen each of corn, onions, and potatoes. After this, add in your salt and seasonings and let boil for about 12-15 minutes, until the vegetables are soft. Now, set aside the vegetables to use at a later time. Now place your crabs in boiling water along with lemons that are cut in half. Boil the crabs until they are cooked thoroughly and then let them cool until you can...

How To: Make steamed garlic mussels at home

In order to prepare Steamed Mussels, you will need to clean them well in cold water. Scrub them well. Chop a shallot into very thin slices. Dice 3 cloves of garlic. You will also need a pinch of saffron, 3-4 lbs of mussels, heavy cream, wine, olive oil, salt, white wine, crushed black pepper, and salt.

How To: Make lobster arancini (fried rice balls)

Nothing tastes better than "fried". Even lobster. Even rice. Yes, and in combination, fried rice and lobster meat in a tightly pack crusted ball of yumminess is one of the best things you can try at home for the courageous at heart. What's it called? Lobster arancine.

How To: Make a seafood stew with Bobby Flay

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay teaches us to make an elaborate seafood stew. If you really want to impress some open-minded guests and have some experience making your way around the grill, than this recipe is for you. It involves several kind of shellfish, anodouille sausage, and a secret ingredient that even the aforementioned open-minded guests are better off not knowing about: anchovies. Don't be scared, when combined with all of the other ingredients they go from dominating the dish, as they ...

How To: Make ravioli shrimp scampi

Just like Bubba said in Forrest Gump, "Shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbeque it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it." Bubba couldn't have said it any better. Shrimp is one of the most flexible dishes out there that can be eaten on its own or added to make more flavor. In this tutorial, find out how to make ravioli shrimp scampi with a very well known chef. Hope you have an appetite for seafood because if not, you'll defnitely have one after this. Enjoy!

How To: Cook delicious Chinese style shrimp fried rice

In this video, we learn how to make shrimp fried rice. You will need leftover rice, shrimp, ham, onion, cilantro, red pepper, celery, garlic, green onion and frozen peas. First, take the shells off the shrimp and de-vein them. Then, chop up your vegetables and ham. Now, add water to your left over rice until it starts breaking up. Grab a walk and put it over high heat and add canola oil to the bottom. Add in your onions, peas, celery, garlic and red pepper and shallots in the wok and cook unt...

How To: Shuck a fresh oyster straight from the beach

In this video, Bill Dewey will show you the best way to shuck an oyster. You should have a knife and a glove so you will not cut yourself. Place the oyster on your glove hand. Keep the pointed side towards you. Take the knife and place it into the hinge. Twist the knife until you hear the hinge pop. Keep the knife against the top shell and scrape against the top towards the muscle. Now, open it up and cut the oyster from the bottom shell. Keep the liquor from moving off the shell. Now the oys...

How To: Make an easy shrimp stir-fry with peas and bok choy

In this video, we learn how to make homemade shrimp stir fry with Maria. You will need 1 lb of shrimp (peeled and de-veined). Then to make the marinade you will need: 1/8 tsp sesame oil, 1/2 tsp soy sauce a pinch of white pepper and 1/2 tsp of corn starch. Once you've mixed the marinade, sit the shrimp in it for at least 1 hour. While the shrimp is sitting, cut up 2 c of bok choy, 2 tsp minced ginger and 1 clove of minced garlic. Now chop up 1 c mushrooms and heat up your wok with 1 tbsp vege...

How To: Pry open and eat an oyster

This video shows you how to properly shuck an oyster. You will need oysters and a shucking knife. A glove is also useful for safely doing this procedure. A towel can be used to place the oyster on. You can either hold the oyster or place it on a towel. Oysters have a cup, a flat side, and a pointed end. The pointed end is wear the hinge is. Hold the oyster with the flat side down and the pointed side towards you. Place the knife inside the point and twist until you get in. Make sure only the ...

How To: Kill and cook a lobster

In this video, we learn how to kill and cook lobster. It's much more humane to kill a lobster before cooking it, so it has a quick death instead of boiling to death. First, you want to freeze the lobster for 20 minutes, which will numb it down and slow down its movements. Place the lobster on its back and grab a sharp knife. Now, chop into the lobster and chop all the way down until you slice through its head. You can now throw the lobster on the grill or in a steamer basket. It will move sli...

How To: Make Cajun-style fried shrimp with crab étouffée

In this tutorial, Beryl Stokes shows us how to make fried shrimp with crab etouffe. First, make some crab etouffee from any favorite recipe you have. Once you've made this, prepare your batter for your fresh shrimp. First, take a package of Fish Fry and add in a spoonful of flour, 1 tsp of seasoning, 1 tbsp sea salt and mix this together. Now crack 1 egg and milk into a separate bowl for an egg wash. After this, grab your fresh shrimp and dip it into the egg wash then the dry flour and then f...

How To: Make tropical shrimp fried rice with sweet plaintains

In this video, we learn how to make tropical fried rice with shrimp and sweet plantains. You will need: 1/2 c mushrooms, 1/2 purple onion, 1/2 c carrots, 1 clove garlic (minced), 4 scallions (thinly sliced), 1 tsp ginger (minced), 2 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tsp toasted sesame oil, 3 tbsp peanut oil, 2 beaten eggs, 1 ripe and sweetened plantain, 4 c cooked long grain rice and 1/2 lb of seafood or chicken. Peel and slice your plantains, then fry them inside oil until they are dark brown and set on a p...

How To: Prepare a simple shrimp stir-fry with rice

This recipe is a demonstration of a recipe for shrimp stir fry with rice. In a saucepan, put in about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of raw rice per person, and add water, and cook. Prepare the ingredients for the stir fry. Cut up some carrots, garlic, and fresh ginger. Preheat the wok and add cold oil. He uses basil oil, but vegetable oil or olive oil will work, too. Swish the oil around and add the shrimp and the spices. Add broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, and soy sauce. Keep the heat on high and keep stirri...

How To: Prepare crab cakes

In order to prepare Crab Cakes, you will need the following ingredients: 1 lbs jumbo lump crab meat, 4 T. mayonnaise, 1 T. of yellow mustard, ¬O cup of chopped yellow onions, 1 cup of breadcrumbs, 1 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of black pepper, and 1 tsp of cayenne pepper.

How To: Cook seared scallops with asparagus and butter sauce

Recipe 1 lb green asparagus, trimmed and cut into slices on the diagonal 3 tbsp olive oil, divided 1 lb colossal sea scallops 1/2 tsp black pepper 3/4 tsp salt, divided 1 Clove garlic, minced fine 1/3 cup Nobilo® Sauvignon Blanc 2 tbsp Plugra® butter 2 tbsp mascarpone cheese 1 tbsp fresh tarragon, chopped zest of 1/2 lemon, for garnish Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat until hot, but not smoking. Sauté asparagus until tender (about 5 to 6 minutes). Transfer ...

How To: Make fried shrimp wontons

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make fried shrimp won-tons. The ingredients required for this recipe are: 1 package of won-ton wrapper, 2 cups of chopped shrimp, 1 cup of chopped cabbage, 1/2 tsp of salt, pinch of black pepper, 1 tbsp of corn or tapioca starch. Begin by mixing the copped cabbage, chopped shrimp, salt and black pepper together. Add 1/2 tsp of water to the mix. Users may also add one minced garlic clove. Wetting the won-ton wrap and add in 1/2 tsp of the stuffing. ...

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: Make an easy shrimp stir-fry

Shrimps can be easily stir-fried and watching this video will tell you exactly how to do it the easy way. 1 pound of raw, washed and deveined shrimps are used for this recipe which is marinated in 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1 teaspoon salt. For the sauce, combine 1 tbsp paprika or hot sauce, 1/3 cup of water or stock, 3 tbsp ketchup, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp red vinegar, 2 tsp sesame oil and 2 tsp sugar in a bowl and mix well. Heat a pan and add 2 tbsp of cooking oil ...

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: Select and cook clams

In this tutorial, we learn how to choose and cook clams. There are a number of recipes for clams as well as a number of ways to cook them. With a hard shell clam, they are best used in clam chowder and soup because they are tough to open. The Venus clam has a softer shell and are very easy to open. The Pollord clam is best to be steamed and served right away. The Razor clam can either be steamed or grilled. Make sure you wash all of your clams thoroughly but do not soak them or that can ruin ...

How To: Make a prawn and vegetable stir-fry

In this video, Bill shows us how to make a prawn stir fry. First, heat up an electric wok and add in 2 tbsp of canola or peanut oil. Then, add in a small bag of frozen prawns and cook until thoroughly cooked. Once finished, remove the prawns and place into a separate bowl. Once you're done, clean your wok and add in another 2 tbsp of canola oil and any vegetables you prefer. Once the vegetables are cooked until soft and tender, add your prawns back in. Mix these together and then add in your ...

How To: Shuck your own oysters for the freshest experience

Julissa Roberts shows how to shuck an oyster. She shows us how to determine whether the oyster is safe to eat, how to shuck the oyster, and then one way to prepare a plate of oysters. If you don't properly check the oyster, and clean it, you could get a mouth full of sand, or get an oyster that smells like rotten fish. To check whether the oyster is good, smell it, it will smell like rotten fish if it's bad. Then tap the oyster on something solid, if the oyster is dead, it will sound hollow, ...

How To: Make Gullah or Geechee-style fried shrimp

In this how to video, you will learn how to make fried shrimp the Geechee way. First, salt your shrimp and coat them with flour. Let them sit for a minute after this is done. Turn on the stove and wait until the oil starts bubbling. Now place the shrimp in the pan. Next, fry them up in a pan with peanut oil. This will take about two minutes. If you have a lot, only do a small batch at a time. Once they are done, place them in a plate with a paper towel to soak up the excess oil. Once they are...

How To: Cook shrimp fried rice with Lui

Lui of Lui's Kitchen demonstrates how to make shrimp fried rice. First, turn the wok on high and wait for it to get hot. To make the dish you will need a cup of white rice, 15 medium shrimp, a quarter of a diced onion, two eggs, salt, sugar, oyster sauce and soy sauce and green onion as a garnish. Add a teaspoon of oil to the wok and cook the diced onions until they are soft. Then add the shrimp to the wok. Next add one tablespoon of oil and add the eggs on top of the oil. Scramble the eggs i...

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: Peel and devein shrimp easily

This video demonstrates how to devein shrimp. In order to devein shrimp, you will need the following, raw shrimp and a knife. The first thing you will need to do is remove the head of the shrimp. Remove the head by placing one hand on the head and the other hand on the body. Grasp tightly. Twists hands in opposite directions. Discard the head.

How To: Make a quick & easy tuna curry

This video describes how to cook a dish called, 'tuna curry in a hurry,' which is a curry flavored tuna dish that is quick and easy to make. The ingredients are described first: 3 cans of 130 grams of tuna fish, 1 and 1/2 sliced medium onions, two green chili peppers, 1/2 teaspoon of red chili powder, 1 teaspoon of turmeric, 1 tablespoon of ginger, 1 tablespoon of garlic, 1 teaspoon of coriander, 1 teaspoon of cumin, 6 or 7 cherry tomatoes, 1 small lime, 1/2 cup of chopped coriander, 1/2 cup ...

How To: Shuck an oyster using an oyster knife

This video shows you how to shuck an oyster using an oyster knife. First, wear a metal mesh glove, used for protection, in case you slip-in and cut yourself, on your left hand. Then take the oyster shell on your left hand and pick the knife on your right hand. Then point the knife tip towards the shell, dig it and jiggle it in between the shell, and then grab the oyster from the wedge and twist the knife till the upper and lower parts of the shell are separated from each other. Once the two p...

How To: Make campfire lobster tails with The Lobster Man

In this video, Dan the Lobster Man instructs on how to make "Campfire Lobster Tails." Dan starts out with two New Zealand coldwater tails. First, he instructs us to quarter some lemons. To open the tail, take the tail and push down on it - you should hear the shell crack. Take a pair of lobster shears and cut in the middle, breaking the tail a little more, and slice down the middle of the meat. Take the melted butter and pour it on the middle. Squeeze some lemon juice in there as well. Butter...

How To: Make delicious shrimp fajitas

In this video, Jennifer teaches us how to make Latin heat shrimp fajitas. Ingredients are: onions, peppers, shrimp, olive oil, butter, lemon juice, Latin heat rub, salt and pepper. First, place sliced peppers and onions along with Latin seasoning and olive oil into a bowl. Stir these together and then place into a warm pan. Cook these until they are tender, then add in 1 tbsp of butter. Move the veggies onto the side of the pan and then add the shrimp with Latin heat seasoning into the middle...

How To: Devein and brine shrimp with Simply Ming

Ming Tsai with Simply Ming explains some shrimp basics. When you prep shrimp, you have to de-vein it, and you have to take the shell off. First cut off the head. Take a knife and slice sideways through the shell. Take out the vein, then get 3 bowls of water and add salt to 2 of them. After de-veining, put the shrimp in the first bowl of water. Keep adding shrimp until you get about a half pound of shrimp, or however much you wish to cook. Then peel the shrimp, and put it into the second bowl....

How To: Peel and devein shrimp for dummies

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to peel and devein a shrimp. Users will need a deveining tool. Insert the tool along the shrimp's backside away from the legs and push it towards the tail. The tool will remove both the shell and vein in one motion. If users don't have this tool, they can use a small knife or fork. Now run cold water over the shrimp meat to remove all traces of the shell and vein. This video will benefit those viewers who enjoy cooking and would like to learn how to r...