Cooking and Cleaning Your Dungeness Crab
To view actual photos of the cleaning process please visit the crab
cleaning photo page. Hopefully it will shed additional light
on helping you clean your crabs.
Cooking: Place the live crabs in boiling, salted water. When the
water begins to boil, cook for 18 to 20 minutes. The crab will
turn bright orange. Immerse the crab in cold water before
Cleaning: Refrigerate you whole-cooked crab until you are ready
to eat them.
Step 1. To remove the back, hold the base of the crab with one
hand, place your thumb under the shell at the mid-point, and pull
off the shell.
Step 2. The leaf-gills are now exposed. Gently scrape them away
with your thumb or the edge of a spoon.
Step 3. Wash away the "crab butter" (viscera) under a
heavy stream of cold water.
Many people feel that the Oregon Dungeness crab is best served
warm, straight from the shell and dipped in drawn butter or
seafood cocktail sauce. If you want to go beyond this simple yet
delicious method please go to my exchange page and follow the
link to the Gutsy Gourmet. There are some wonderful dungeness
crabbing recipes to be found on that site. Bon Appetite'