Live Dungeness Crab
Our Live Dungeness Crab comes straight from the fisherman in Bellingham, Washington. Crabs are available October thru May. There is a sporadic catch during the summer, but they tend to run smaller then. These crabs average 1 ½ to 2 pounds each.
Figure one per person for each recipe
All Crabs require the same cooking times and methods as do the lobsters. Store them the same way too.
All of the sweet white meat in the legs and body is edible.
Pot of Water
Live Dungeness Crabs
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Use enough water to cover the Crabs.
Drop Crabs in head first. They die instantly.
As the water comes to a boil, reduce the heat. A good simmer is what you want.
Cook two 1 ½ pound Crabs for 10 to 12 minutes.
Remove from the water, drain for a moment, and serve immediately.
If you would rather eat them cold, immerse them in ice water straight from the pot and chill for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Dungeness Crab can also be steamed above boiling water if you prefer. It will take a couple of minutes longer in time.
Important: When you are STEAMING 4 or more Crabs, be sure to rotate the Crabs on the bottom of the pot with the top ones for even cooking.
Serve all Dungeness Crabs with melted butter, which I prefer not to clarify. Fresh Dungeness Crab meat is sweet, so try it without butter too!