JONAH CRAB has body meat that is rather mushy. Because of this the legs and claws are used. The meat is similar to that of the stone crab so the cooking methods are the same. They are normally sold already cooked so you are just heating them up. The cooked claws can also be served cold with a dipping sauce. The best ways to cook Jonah crab is to bake, steam or grill.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the claws in a large shallow pan. A sheet pan can be used. Try not to stack the claws if you don’t have to. It’s better to lay them flat. Place enough hot water in the pan to cover the bottom. Wrap the pan tight with aluminum foil. Bake the crab for 8-10 minutes. Check to see if they are hot enough. Remember, they are already fully cooked and you are just heating them up. You do not want to overcook them, they can get tough and lose flavor. It’s better to have them a little cool than overcooked.
Place about 2 cups of water in a steaming pot. You can use a colander in a large pot if you can keep the colander and the crab above the water. Bring the water to a boil and put the crab in. Cover the pot and steam for 10 minutes. When you start to smell the crab cooking it should be done.
Spread olive oil on the claws and put them on a medium heat grill. On a gas grill this should be about 300-325 degrees. Grill them about 5 minutes on each side. Remember you are just heating them up so don’t overcook them.