Deconstructing Your Dungeness Crab

A guide to breaking down crab

Deconstructing Your Dungeness Crab

Follow these instructions to break down your crab. You can also watch us breaking down a crab here! Be sure to thaw your crab before cracking into it; an hour submerged in cold water or 24 hours in the fridge will do the trick.

"Half-backed" Dungeness crab

We offer what is called "half-backed" Dungeness crab. This means the crab has been pre-processed, separating the legs from the body, to give you more meat and less waste. Note that there’s plenty of good meat in the knuckles, where the legs attach to the body.

 

How to pick and eat Dungeness crab:

Break crab shells using a wooden mallet, a nut-cracker, the back of a knife blade, your forefingers and thumb, or a wooden spoon. Gently remove the meat. If serving immediately, heat just prior to this step. Bon appétit!

 

Nic’s Trick:

Use the back of a wooden spoon to crack open crab claws. Better yet, invite some crab-loving friends over for dinner. Have them crack your claws for you!

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