Kimberly’s Crabs in Charleston, South Carolina and a Recipe for Crab Cakes with a Spicy Mustard Sauce

Got crabs? I hope not, however I can tell you who does…Kimberly of Kimberly’s Crabs in Charleston, South Carolina!  She’s got all sorts of crabs as we discovered when we went crabbing with she and her husband Bobby a few weeks ago.

Kimberly is getting the bait ready for the day.

One of my favorite dishes to order when we go out for dinner is crab cakes and Mr. B’s favorite is soft-shell crabs.  Rather than go out for dinner, we decided to prepare these dishes at home.  Since we are always in search of the best and freshest ingredients to use in our dishes, we traveled directly to the source  – a crabber in Charleston, South Carolina!

The day begins early on the water.

Kimberly is one of the very few female crabbers in South Carolina (there are three that we know of out of 360 commercial crabbers) and she has a very interesting life story.  Kimberly’s Crabs also is the name that we heard over and over again from chefs in Charleston when we asked about local crabbers, so we were so excited that she agreed to take us crabbing.  We later learned that Kimberly has never allowed a guest on her boat until we went with them.

Bobby has crabs, too!

If you read Bunkycooks, you probably know that we are interested in finding out about the people and places behind our food and do all sorts of exciting things when we go On the Road. This boat ride was certainly one of those experiences.

The pelicans are looking for hand outs!

Who else gets up at 4 am (out of a really comfortable bed in a lovely hotel) to go crabbing in the freezing cold?  Well, we did.  Kimberly and Bobby get up at this hour nearly every morning of their lives for their business.

This is how Kimberly stays awake. I wish I had one that morning!

As Kimberly watched the weather for the few days prior to our crabbing adventure, she told us to “dress warm and sleep fast” (I’m still trying to sleep fast, but am not sure that I have mastered that concept quite yet!).  I was also advised that if anything happened to me while crabbing that I might become crab bait.  So, tell me again why I am getting on this boat in the freezing cold??  If you don’t hear from me at some point in the future, maybe you should check with Kimberly… 😉

Kimberly has been crabbing for a total of eight years.  Prior to crabbing, she and her former husband (who tragically passed away from pancreatic cancer several years ago) owned a fishing and retail business.  She had this business for a total of eighteen years.

We found some beautiful crabs the day we went crabbing.

When her husband passed away, she was in danger of losing the business, so she contacted an old friend (now known as Captain Bobby)  and asked him to come from Virginia to help her. Bobby has been a crabber for about thirty years. The business, now known as Kimberly’s Crabs, is strictly a crabbing business and it is thriving.  She sells to high end restaurants and chefs, special venues and some local seafood markets.

One of these containers is equal to a bushel.

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