Are Sand Crabs Edible?

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Sand crabs, like all species of crabs, can be eaten. Sand crabs are also called mole crabs, and while they are often considered ugly in appearance, they are crunchy and flavorful.

Sand crabs are often used by fisherman as bait to help catch pompano, red drum and even kingfish. Special rakes can be purchased to help dig these little crabs out of the sand, where they tend to hide while waiting for bits of food to float by. These crabs are the smallest in size of all crabs and they can sometimes be found in large numbers around stinging jellyfish. These tiny crabs eat bits of tentacle by wrapping the tentacle around one leg and begin nibbling, so it is not recommended to eat sand crab in an area where there are lots of jellyfish.