FAQs

Billy's Stone Crab of Hollywood, Florida, operates 2 South Florida fish houses in Marathon and Summerland Key. Over 40 boats supply our fish houses with daily catches of stone crab, lobster, and fish. We are the producer as well as the end-user. Our handling of the product from start to finish before our customers receive it makes our services unique.

We sell stone crabs and many other products, including grouper fillet, snapper fillet, Mahi-mahi fillet, oysters and clams, and steaks in the market. But if you can't make it to one of our Hollywood, Florida locations, we sell stone crabs, Alaskan king crabs, wild jumbo shrimp, jumbo lump crab, lobster tails, and more by the pound online and serve them in our restaurant.

We'll ship them freshly harvested from Florida waters, for your enjoyment, during the season -and frozen crabs during the remainder of the year, during the breeding season. 

If you are discovering the exceptional flavor and nutrition of stone crabs, sustainable seafood, or if you're a stone crab lover who hasn't ordered from Billy's Stone Crab before, we'd like to help you learn about stone crabs and our business. Here are some answers to some of our frequently asked questions by our customers.

Are the stone crab claws cooked before shipping? How do you store stone crab claws at home? How many medium stone crab claws are in a pound? When is stone crab claw season? Continue reading, and you'll become an expert in stone crab culture.

What is the shelf life of the stone crab claws?

A. Stone crab claws should be eaten within 1-2 days for the best quality and superior taste. When you order them from Billy's Stone Crab, they will arrive cooked and ready to be enjoyed within 48 hours. They'll taste even better if you eat them the same day the package arrives.

How many crab claws are in a pound?

A. The number of crab claws in a pound varies, depending upon the size of claws ordered. Here is a guideline:

  • Colossal: 2 claws per pound
  • Jumbo: 3-4 claws per pound
  • Large: 4 - 5 claws per pound
  • Select: 6-7 claws per pound
  • Medium: 7-8 claws per pound

How many stone crab claws come in a package?

A. See the guideline above regarding the estimated number of claws in each pound of the size you wish to order.

The number of pounds of each size ordered determines the approximate number of claws in the package. 

What are the black spots on my claw?

A. Stone crab claws get bruised by sea urchin spines when the crabs crack sea urchin shells to eat them. The spots may not be attractive. But they do not harm the stone crab meat. 

How much will shipping cost?

A. Shipping is calculated at online checkout. The cost will depend upon the overall weight of each order and the destination.

How do I store the stone crabs once I receive them?

A. When your stone crab order arrives, unpack the claws and rinse them under cold water. Place them in a bowl on top of a layer of ice. Then place a layer of ice on top. Place the bowl in the refrigerator.

Drain the bowl and add more ice the next morning if you haven't been able to eat them the first day. It is best to serve the stone crabs within 48 hours of their arrival.

The claws should not be cracked until you're ready to eat them.

Are the stone crabs cooked?

A. We will cook your stone crabs before we ship them. They are cooked in our production facility the day they are caught. When you receive them, yes, they're pre-cooked and ready to dip in the delicious mustard sauce we include in your package.

How long does stone crab season last?

A. Stone crab season is from October 15 each year until the next May. If you order them out of season, you will receive crabs frozen at the peak of freshness.

If I crack the claws and don't finish all of them, can I eat them the following day?

A. Leftover claws can be stored in an open container and kept in the coldest part of your refrigerator. Or they may be kept in a cooler containing ice. Drain the water and add more ice periodically. Consume within 48 hours of the time you received them.

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If you want to learn more about stone crabs or enjoy them in our Billy's Stone Crab Hollywood, Florida restaurant and market - or at home through online ordering, reach out to us. We'll be happy to answer additional questions.