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Brazilian Dungeness Crab Stew

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Brazilian Dungeness Crab Stew

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Prep: 20 min  |  Total: 45 min
Serves: 2

Marsh Skeele

Marsh Skeele

Marsh Skeele is our Sitka Salmon Shares co-founder, fisherman, and Vice Chief Fishmonger. When he’s not running our Community Supported Fishery, he loves throwing dinner parties. This Brazilian crab stew is one of his favorites to make and is always a hit with his guests. It can easily be made with any number of seafood options, but is especially delicious with Dungeness (dungy) crab. One of Marsh’s secrets is to use the crab shells in the stew stock to pack an even bigger crabby punch. We haven’t met anyone who hasn’t loved this stew. Serve this to a non-seafood lover and you’ll have yourself a convert!


  • 2 Dungeness crab clusters
  • 1 (14 ounce) can full fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 medium leek, sliced thinly
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced thinly
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 (14 ounce) can fire roasted tomatoes
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves (garnish)
  • lime wedges (garnish)
  • salt & pepper to taste


Separate Crab

Thaw the Dungeness crab and remove the meat from the crab shells, reserving the crab shells for the stock.

Make Stock

Remove (and reserve) the thick cream from the top of the coconut milk can. Bring the coconut milk liquid, 1½ cups water, and the crab shells to a boil in a medium saucepan. Simmer for 15-20 minutes. Strain out the shells from the stock.

Sauté Aromatics

Heat the olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Sauté onion, leek and bell pepper 5-7 minutes until slightly caramelized. Add the garlic, paprika, and red pepper flakes, and sauté until aromatic, about 1 minute.

Meld Flavors

Add the fire roasted tomatoes to the aromatics and simmer 7-8 minutes. Then add the strained crab stock and the reserved coconut cream to the tomatoes and peppers.

Finish the Stew

Simmer the stew for an additional 5 minutes, and then gently stir in the crab meat, leaving some out for garnish. Season with salt & pepper to taste.


Serve in bowls topped with crab meat, a squeeze of lime, and cilantro. Crusty bread on the side doesn’t hurt either!

Marsh's pro cooking tip: Mix and match! Add in some firm white fish 5 minutes before serving along with the dungy, or switch out the crab with spot prawns (and their shells)!