Deconstructing Your Dungeness Crab

Deconstructing Your Dungeness Crab

A guide to breaking down crab


Deconstructing Your Dungeness Crab | Sitka Salmon Shares

Our Dungeness crab comes precooked and in clusters. Follow these instructions to reheat and break down your crab. 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. To reheat, simply steam or boil for 5 minutes. Meat can become rubbery if cooked too long.

"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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