Maine Avenue Fish Market

Hands down, our very favorite place to visit, in nearby Washington DC, is Maine Avenue Fish Market. Most people don’t even know it exists unless you are either a local or you watched the recent episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations when he visited DC. Of course, the seafood specialty that the vendors carry are Maryland blue crabs, which are more of a lifestyle than a food for this area.

This past weekend Joanne and I were watching a TV show where they were steaming blue crabs completely covered in Old Bay seasoning. I immediately perked up and told Jo that we NEED to make something with blue crabs. We decided to go to the fish market to get late season blue crab to make one of my favorite soups, vegetable crab soup. Yum.

Luckily we live within 10-15 minutes of the fish market. We were off!

Our favorite vendor to get seafood from is Captain White’s Seafood.

Then we needed to decide on the size of crab we wanted. We went with the large male crabs because as soon as we got there a fresh basket full came out. They were fighters!

See, they didn’t want to go into our basket. I don’t blame them.

While we were waiting for our crabs to steam they kept bringing out more and more baskets full of fresh blue crab. We were getting hungry.

After we paid for our steamed crabs we decided to stop by our favorite food vendor, Jimmy’s Grill. Jimmy’s has fresh cakes (picture below), shrimp rolls, crab cakes, hush puppies, macaroni & cheese (Jo’s favorite). Our excuse was we needed energy to get back home and make our soup.

As soon as we got home we opened our bag of freshly steamed and lightly seasoned crabs. This was an exciting moment. Look at those beauties.

The one thing about crabs we don’t like is the work involved in getting to the meat but work is well rewarded.

Here is the final result. The decision to go to the market was a good one.

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9 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Ellen Fox December 29, 2016, 9:00 pm

    Where is the recipe for this one it looks delish

  • Ellen Fox December 29, 2016, 8:56 pm

    I love blue crabs so much. I met my husband as I was eating garlic blue crabs, it is a all day occasion for me. I go and pick them out and get them steamed plain, I come home, clean and separate the legs and get the garlic butter ready, have been giving the hubby the claws and I get my setup ready to enjoy them for the rest of the day making sure I clean out every part even the little legs. I don’t leave a lot behind.

  • Lew July 27, 2014, 6:22 pm

    I love seafood being from Prince Edward Island where seafood is a way of life. I will enjoy trying your recipes.

  • Marianne Hirsch January 29, 2014, 6:46 pm

    We just tried your easy ribs!!!! so good!!! My husband messed up and thought it was 2 hours…sooo we ate them!!!! The meat completely came of the bone…..used Sonny’s sweet sauce!!!! Not sure we will cook them for another hour or not!!! Comfort food on this cold night for us Floridians..i am from Annapolis..saw that you live near DC…bet you are cold tonight!!!

    • Joanne January 30, 2014, 12:11 pm

      So glad you both loved the ribs 🙂

  • Ryan October 31, 2011, 10:31 am

    Great post. One of my absolute favorites and it is definitely a lifestyle 😉

  • JavelinWarrior October 28, 2011, 12:10 pm

    This post is so fetish-worthy, I’ve been inspired to include it in my Friday Food Fetish blog. If you have any objections, please let me know

    • inspiredtaste October 30, 2011, 9:37 am


  • Bev Weidner October 27, 2011, 6:06 pm

    Your blog makes me so sick. In the “omg why can’t we be friends and live next door and they invite me over every afternoon to taste test and drink wine and then they invite me back over for dinner to chow down and drink more wine and talk about things like weather, music and home improvement” kind of way.


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