stone crab season in miami

We are here to bring you everything you need to know about Stone Crab Season in the 305. Locals look forward to this season every year, and some even travel here to partake. Whether you are dining at a restaurant, ordering delivery/takeout, or harvesting your own claws, there are some things that you might want to know.

When: Stone Crab Season runs October 15th through May 1st.

Why the date restriction: To help maintain the crab’s population, we are legally restricted to those seven months. Only the stone crab’s claws are harvested, and then the crab is released back into the water to regrow its claws for upcoming seasons.

Can I harvest my own: Yes, if you follow the rules and restrictions. There is actually a division at The Crustacean Fisheries group at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) that is responsible for monitoring the commercial stone crab fishery and conducting research on the population of stone crabs in Florida. Click here for the requirements or to register a recreational trap.

How can you tell what size the claw is:  The claw size is determined by the length of its “propodus,” which is the large and immobile part of its claw.

What is the nutritional value of stone crabs: Stone crabs are Low in calories and have zero fat and carbs. For approximately 3 ounces (about four medium claws): Calories 60, Calories from Fat 0, Total Fat 0g, Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fatty Acid 0g, Cholesterol 45mg, Total Carbohydrates 0g, Protein 15g, Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0g.

How do I prepare them: To prevent the meat from sticking to the shell, you must prepare them immediately and then chill them. You can boil, steam, or even bake stone crab, but the preferred method is to boil them. They are traditionally served cold with mustard dipping sauce.

How to crack the claw: Use a mallet if you have one or the back of a knife or metal spoon. Be careful not to hit too hard, so you don’t end up with too many small pieces of shell.

Mustard Dipping Sauce recipe:
1 cup mayonnaise
3 tbs heavy cream or half and half
1 tbs dry mustard powder
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp A-1 or steak sauce
Salt to taste
Directions: Whisk together mayo with the dry mustard, then add the remaining ingredients. Chill.

Where can I dine in or get takeout:

  • Acapella Seafood – Ships stone crabs locally and nationwide. 1723 NW 79th Ave, Miami, FL 33126
  • Captain’s Tavern – Dine in the restaurant or pick-up at the seafood market in the back. 9625 South Dixie Highway, Miami, FL 33156
  • Fresh Florida Fisheries – Walk into the market, pick whichever fresh fish is available, have it cooked in their kitchen for minimum fee, then you may choose any seat outside. 2238 SW 57th Ave #2235, Miami, FL 33155
  • Garcia’s Seafood Grill & Fish Market – 398 NW N River Dr, Miami, FL 33128
  • George Stone Crab – Delivers stone crabs. 78 SW 7th St, Miami, FL 33130
  • Golden Rule Seafood – 17505 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33157
  • Holy Crab – Dine in. Ships stone crabs locally online for fast delivery or pickup. 1831 Ponce de Leon, Coral Gables, FL 33134
  • Joe’s Stone Crab – Dine in or Pick-up. They also ship nationwide. 11 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
  • Monty’s Raw Bar – Dine in, curbside pickup, or delivery. 2550 S Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33133
  • Shore to Door Fish Market – Dine in or takeout. 3380 Douglas Rd, Miami, FL 33133
  • Stiltsville Fish Bar – Dine in or takeout. 1787 Purdy Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Want to know even more? Click HERE or FAQ’s from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.