How To Eat A Whole Dungeness Crab With The Right Way?

How To Eat A Whole Dungeness Crab With The Right Way?

Dungeness crab is the name of a very rare species of crab. This crab helps humans to process many different dishes. Besides, the nutritional value of Dungeness crab is also very high. However, when enjoying the dishes from this crab, you should also know how to eat dungeness crab. The information shared below will help you know more about this crab species and how to eat them.

how to eat dungeness crab

Some informations about Dungeness Crab

Dungeness crabs appeared from a long time ago in remote areas. They appear a lot from November to May. This name originates from the ancient fishing village in Washington state, Dungeness, Washington.

They are found in the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Dungeness crab have a relatively large body with a fan-shaped exterior.

Enjoy this species of crab with a sweet, soft taste that is suitable for processing many delicious dishes.

Below is how to cook and eat Dungeness crab, let's find out!

How to boil Dungeness crab?

Step 1: Like the way of cooking crab legs, to boil Dungeness crab, you first prepare water with a pot. Next pour water into the pot and bring to a boil, add plenty of water. For the middle crab to be flavorful, add a little salt. In the process of boiling water you can add any seasoning.

Step 2: Wait until the water has boiled, start adding each crab in turn to the pot. Note that this is only the crab cleaning step, you will wash it with boiling water. That's why you should put each crab in then take it out and let the next one in.

Step 3: When all the crabs have been dipped in and taken out, continue to boil. Put in a pot and add water and boil for about 12 to 15 minutes.

Step 4: Prepare a bowl of ice water in the process of boiling crab and place it near the stove. The purpose of this is to dip the crabs after boiling to cool the crabs.

Step 5: When the water has boiled, use tongs to move the crabs into the previously prepared ice bath. Pick each one into a bowl of ice water gently to avoid burns from boiling water.

how to eat whole dungeness crab

Step 6: Wait for 3 to 5 minutes and take out the crab from the bowl. You need to try putting your hands in to see if they have cooled down. Giving out while the crab is still warm is the most appropriate.

So you have completed the step of boiling Dungeness crab. Just bring out the handle to prepare other dishes.

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Cleaning Dungeness crab

Step 1: Put the crab belly face up and place it on a cutting board. You need to wear an apron and prepare a kitchen towel.

Step 2: Pull the outer shell in the middle of the crab's belly and tear it off with your hands.

Step 3: Turn the crab upside down and use your hands to peel the crab. Remove the unnecessary parts around the crab and wash it.

Step 4: Split the crab in half, twist the claws and legs of the crab with your hands. Then separate the legs from the body of the crab.

After cleaning, you can cover it and put it in the refrigerator. If you want to keep it for a long time, put it in the freezer.

Cracking Dungeness crab

 how to eat a dungeness crab

Step 1: Using a wide cutting board, place the crab on the cutting board. With the crab facing up, pull the triangle on the crab's belly.

Step 2: Use your ear fingers to separate the triangle on the crab's belly. Get rid of the small, spongy paddle in the front.

Step 3: Wash the cavity gently, avoiding the taste of crab meat. Grasp the two sides of the crab and break the abdomen in half.

Step 4: Twist the claws of the crab's legs by inserting your thumbs in and pulling them out to the sides.

Step 5: Use a small hammer to gently beat the crab meat to break the crab legs at the joints. Just apply these steps, you can crack Dungeness crab successfully. Remove to a plate and apply how to eat whole dungeness crab to enjoy this dish.

Enjoying Dungeness crab

To get the leg and claw meat, you need a seafood cracker. Place the cracking grips around the legs just above or below the joints and firmly squeeze the two handles together. If the shell is not cracked, make a few cracks on the other sides of the shell so that it opens completely.


Prepare dipping sauce made from garlic mix with melted butter. Melted butter is the classic side dish of dungeness crab and enhances their natural sweet and savory flavor. It's very easy to do.

  • Put 1 cup of salted butter in the pan, melt completely.
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled, minced, and melted in butter.
  • Squeeze a slice of lemon and add a bit of thyme to the sauce to enhance the flavor.

    Pour sauce into individual dipping plates for each person. Dip the meat in melted butter and enjoy.

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    Does Dungeness crab have a lot of meat?

    The average Dungeness crab weighs 2 pounds, and has about 1/2 pound of whole crab meat. See the list of the amount of meat of each type of crab below.

    Type of crab Meat yield for 3 lbs of crab Meat-to-shell Ratio
    Colossal Red King Crab 1.8 to 2.25 lbs 60% to 75%
    Snow Crab 0.9 to 1 lb 30% to 35%
    Dungeness Crab 0.6 to 0.75 lbs 13% to 30%
    Blue Crab 0.3 to 0.5 lbs 10% to 15%

    This article has helped you to know how to eat dungeness crab. Hopefully through that you will have more ways to enjoy this dish.

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