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Is it all right to cook dead crabs?
The simple answer would be 'No, don't cook dead crabs.' But in some instances it may be acceptable. If you purchase or catch live crabs and you make an effort to keep the animals cool and moist until they are cooked (no more than 4 to 5 hours later), it is okay to cook all of the crabs, even if some have died. If you have no information on how the crabs have been handled, it is safest to cook only the live ones.