White stuff coming out of boiling crabs.....?!


Question: When I boil crabs, there is this white stuff that always come out, some kind of white mushy film. What is that stuff?


Answers: When I boil crabs, there is this white stuff that always come out, some kind of white mushy film. What is that stuff?

It's the blood of the crab. Happens all the time (in fact, the fresher the crab, the more it will have). It won't hurt you. If it bothers you, just wipe it off.
Good luck.


idk what it is but it's normal

Fats and oil most likely.

yes, Its normal.

I worked in a fish department & we steamed most shell fish.


its normal i call it scum but after i boil crab legs i wash them i would not eat this but its normal i think its like cartilage or something

commonly refered to as "crab butter" (this can come from lobster too). Harmless, good to cook with, but too strong for many - just wipe it off with a paper towel

Thats normal .. For me just ignore it ..

When I boil crabs , I usually put lemon grass , little bit ginger and 1 table spoon of sugar into the boiling water , after that you can put the crabs.
The smell will good ..

Remember do not put much water when you boil the crabs , otherwise you can not taste the sweetness from the crabs..


Fat...totally edible, but ugly. Scrapes or rinse.

All things that have bone or shell make that foam when boiling. It's no big deal. You'll find it inside the claw of a steamed lobster, too. Just pick it off and enjoy that wonderful crab!

It's like a mixture of fats, oils, and crab blood. I was watching the Discovery Channel and there were 2 crabs fighting over a mate and it came out of one...LOL

I don't know the name for it, but it isn't something to worry about. All the nonsense answers about, with the exception of scooter's answer, are things that are guesses. Don't worry, just wipe it off the crab and eat.

eat it.

It's the sadness from what you did to them...eat up

Poor little crabs, so innocent, they didn't deserve to die.
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