Preparation / Directions:
Blue crabs yield from 10 to 15 percent meat by weight. A typical 12-ounce blue crab will provide just around 1 1/2 ounces of meat. The meatier Dungeness crab will give up twice as much as blues with a typical yield of around 25 percent. At an average weight of 2 pounds, a Dungeness will provide 8 to 10 ounces of meat.
King and snow crab legs offer much higher yield of meat, so you can count on about a pound of legs to offer a good 8-ounce portion of meat.
For a whole-crab feed, plan on around 8 ounces of meat per person. That's six to eight blues or one Dungeness crab each. Plan on four or five medium-sized stone crab claws per person if serving stone crab