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How to Clean and Crack Dungeness Crab Like a Pro

April 20, 2023

Dungeness Crab on a Plate

Cleaning and Cracking Dungeness Crab

If you've ever enjoyed Dungeness crab, you know how delicious this Pacific Northwest delicacy can be. However, cleaning and cracking a whole Dungeness crab can be a daunting task for many. With these expert tips and techniques, you can clean and crack Dungeness crab like a pro and enjoy it with ease and confidence.

Step 1: Clean the Crab

Start by cleaning the crab thoroughly with cold water. Remove any visible debris, seaweed, or barnacles on the outside of the crab.

Step 2: Remove the Apron

Turn the crab upside down and locate the apron, a small tab located on the underside of the crab. Pull it off and discard it.

Step 3: Remove the Top Shell

Holding the crab firmly, pry off the top shell using your thumbs. Remove and discard the gills and rinse the crab again under cold water.

Step 4: Remove the Claws and Legs

Twist and pull off the claws and legs, one by one. Use a pair of scissors or a crab cracker to crack the shells and remove the meat.

Step 5: Crack the Body

Holding the body of the crab with both hands, twist and break it in half.

Step 6: Remove the Meat

Use a small fork or a seafood pick to remove the meat from the body and the smaller legs.

And there you have it! Follow these simple steps, and you can clean and crack Dungeness crab like a pro. Enjoy this Pacific Northwest delicacy on its own or in your favorite crab recipe.

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