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Where can you buy steamed blue crabs on Oak Island?

Amanda Lisk
Blue crabs. StarNews file photo.

Blue crabs. StarNews file photo.

Well, Haag & Sons Seafood at 7901 E. Oak Island Drive (910-278-1242) has blue crabs, but they don’t steam them.

Pelican Seafood Market & Restaurants will steam them but they didn’t have any blue crabs in stock the fourth week of June at either of their two locations.

If in search of steamed blue crabs for dinner tonight, the best option would be to combine the two businesses and purchase blue crabs from Haag & Sons, then take them to Pelican to be steamed, which they confirmed over the phone they will be happy to do. If in no rush for blue crabs, Pelican suggests calling their two locations to see if they have them in stock that day before coming in.

Pelican Seafood’s island location is at 625 East Oak Island Drive (910-933-4562) or they are near Southport at 4332 Long Beach Road (910-454-8477).

North Carolina is the top producer of blue crabs, according to a USA Today report. A North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries survey found recreational crabbers harvested an estimated 532,091 crabs from North Carolina waters in 2012 — and that’s with less than half the fishermen returning their surveys, so the number is likely a lot higher.

The best time to find blue crabs is in the summer months, so Pelican Seafood Market is likely to have them in very soon.


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