July-August 2015 | SEAFOOD SPECIAL




Steamers Crab & Seafood Market in Millville goes to great lengths to bring its customers an ocean of delicious freshness every day

Written By: Nick Brandi | Photographer: GRANT L. GURSKY

While it’s common for business owners to talk about being “hands-on,” at Steamers Crab & Seafood Market in Millville, Del., proprietor Joseph Parsons applies the practice literally. 

“It’s important to me that my customers receive a consistent, high-quality product,” says Parsons, who launched Steamers on Rte. 26 in 2008. “That starts with hand-sorting every single crab that comes through the door.”

That means Parsons must evaluate upwards of 2,500 crabs a day, each for its weight and overall condition. His modest 1,500 sq. ft. operation specializes not only in steamed crabs (that were live as little as a half-hour before customer pickup) but also a wide array of other seafood products, all with the same emphasis on freshness and top quality.

Parsons added that the vast majority of his crabs come directly from Chesapeake Bay and the Maryland rivers and that 100% of his crabmeat comes from The Free State. That practice has earned Steamers a “True Blue” certification from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, a status in which Parsons admits he takes pride.

“I buy from local suppliers as much as humanly possible,” said Parsons, who’s been steaming crabs for half of his 35-year life. “I believe strongly in supporting local industry and because I just think the product is superior.”

In addition to its raw and steamed seafood — which includes shrimp, lobster, mussels, scallops and a healthy variety of fresh fish — Steamers boasts a delectable roster of “Take & Bake” house-made appetizers. These, he says, have become increasingly popular among his clientele — especially those who are entertaining at home and want fresh, gourmet-style, heat-and-eat seafood on the menu. Though items are rotated throughout the season, core offerings include jumbo lump crab cakes, oysters Rockefeller, crab & shrimp dip, house-smoked salmon pâté and Crabby Sriracha Deviled Eggs.

“The Take & Bake items are a significant amount of work yet very gratifying because of how our customers love them,” Parsons said. “A lot of the credit for that goes to my wife, Blair, who started helping out here a few years ago and whose positive impact has been phenomenal.”

Steamers Crab & Seafood Market is open every day but Monday, starting at 11 a.m., from the beginning of May through mid-October.


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