Crab with Mustard Sauce

How to Cook Crab with Mustard Sauce

Have  you have ever eaten the famous Joe’s Stone Crab?

You know that it comes with the equally famous mustard dipping sauce. That’s an experience that a lot of us want to try to copy at home, and I know plenty of people are looking online for recipes for Stone Crab mustard sauce.

I love the way the flavors of the succulent crab and the slightly spicy mustard sauce combine. They make for a dreamy pairing, and if you are reading this then you might be dying to make it yourself. The good news is that it isn’t that difficult to whip up your own Joe’s Stone Crab sauce at home. Crab is easy to make at home on your own, and the crab sauce is simple enough to put together.

You will have a delicious dinner in no time with my help! Let’s make the Joe Stone Crab Miami mustard sauce recipe together.

Joe’s Stone Crab Mustard Sauce Recipe

Let’s start with the sauce. I figure that would be the most intimidating part of the dish since people who are not good at making sauces or don’t have much experience making them may be hesitant to try to make such a famous sauce on their own. There are all sorts of fears that can come up about how the sauce might turn out. Will it have the right texture and flavor? Will it have no kick to it or too much? Will everyone hate it?

Let’s get all that out of the way with this simple recipe for Stone Crab sauce that is basically identical to what you get at Joe’s Stone Crab restaurants.


  • 1 tablespoon of dry mustard powder
  • 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of steak sauce
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup of heavy cream (you can use half and half as well)
  • Salt


  1. Mix the Worcestershire sauce, mayonnaise, salt, cream, steak sauce, and dry mustard together until everything is combined smoothly.
  2. Then, allow the sauce to chill for about 30 minutes and serve it with stone crab claws or other types of seafood. It goes well with fish, lobster, and shrimp.

As you can see, it couldn’t be any easier to make this mustard sauce for stone crab. If you can mix ingredients, then you can make it, and it’s simple enough that you can whip it up while you are making the rest of your meal.

For this sauce, make sure you use a simple mayonnaise and not one that has a lot of seasonings and extra ingredients in it like Miracle Whip. That specific mayonnaise will mess with the flavor we are trying to get from this mustard sauce, so avoid using that.

This is a versatile sauce that can be used on all kinds of seafood, and you can use it to make coleslaw as well. To make stone crab claw sauce, just add carrot and cabbage to the sauce, and presto! You have coleslaw.

How to Cook Stone Crab Claws

The Joe’s Stone Crab mustard sauce recipe is usually served with a type of crab known as stone crab, and not just any part of the crab, but the claws specifically. Like the sauce, making up the crab for this dish is delightfully simple. I will walk you through the process of how to make crab for Joe Stone Crab sauce so you can see how easy it is.

You will likely find crab frozen in the grocery. You can buy it fresh, and that works as well, but whatever kind of crab you use, be sure that it is thawed out fully before you cook it up for the Joe’s Stone Crab sauce recipe. You can thaw frozen crab by placing it in the fridge overnight. For faster thawing, run it under cold water for a few minutes.

You can boil or steam the crabs. It’s up to you which method you want to use for making crab to go with the stone crab mustard sauce recipe.

Boiling: Fill a pot with enough water to cover the crab completely when it is placed inside and add salt to the water. Bring the water to a boil and then add your crab. You can cook just the claw or as much of the crab as you want at once. You can use tongs to add the crab gently to the water and ensure that they don’t cause hot water to splash on you when placed into the pot. Only cook your crab claws for a few minutes to warm them up and keep them from drying out.

Steaming: You only need a little water for steaming, and you will need a steamer basket as well. Add the steamer basket and an inch of water to a medium pot for boiling. Then, after the water boils, use the tongs to add the crab gently.

Whichever method you use, be sure you use the tongs to take the crab out of the pot. The crab pieces will be incredibly hot, and you don’t want to burn yourself.

Once the crab cools down enough to eat, you can serve it up with the stone crab dipping sauce. This dish goes very well with a side of fries, mashed potatoes, salad, tater tots, hush puppies, Italian bread, alfredo pasta and more. Because the sauce is flavorful and the crab succulent, you can pair it well with some bland, starchy sides to fill out the meal. The crab and sauce won’t be very filling, so consider a carb-rich food or foods to complete the meal.

You can cook up crab lots of other ways too. It’s easy enough to bake, though that takes longer, and you can microwave it as well. Oven baking takes 8-9 minutes on 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Microwaving takes just 2-3 minutes, and you cover the crab pieces with a paper towel.

No matter what way you like your crab cooked up or what is the most convenient for you, it is a very easy food to make, and it pairs so well with the sauce that I gave you a recipe for earlier that you will want to make crab all the time.

A lot of people will cook their crab in butter sauce or a combination of butter and lemon juice, btu I don’t think that is necessary if you are using a dipping sauce. If you are looking to cut some calories and make this a healthier meal, then I would suggest cutting out the butter sauce for cooking crab completely.

The dipping sauce is so flavorful that I don’t believe it is essential to cook the crab in butter, but it is up to you. Some people like the combination of buttery crab and slightly spicy mustard dipping sauce.

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