First place the live crab in the freezer for 20 minutes to sedate it.

...Prepare a live crab for cooking

Step by step

1 Holding the crab at the back to avoid the claws, take it from the freezer and place upside down on a board. Now lift the apron. On a male crab this will be very narrow; on a female crab it will be much wider.

2 Beneath the apron is a hole. Place the point of a steel or thick skewer on the hole.

3 Push the steel down firmly, inserting it into the crab.

4 Move the steel back and forth 2 or 3 times. The claws and legs will become still and limp. Remove the steel.

5 To ensure the crab is dead, turn it over, locate the eyes and insert a skewer between them, about 2cm deep.

6 Move the skewer from side to side, then remove it. The crab is now ready for cooking.

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