SINCE THIS BOOK FEATURES COMMERCIAL CRAB FISHING, I thought I’d better learn to cook and clean—or clean and cook, depending on who you talk to—my very own crab. Dungeness crab is the star of the fisheries here on the Oregon coast and oh, so delicious! I usually cheat and buy mine already cooked and cleaned, but I’m going to get brave. I’ve asked for a little help from my friends. I will keep you posted, but in the meantime, here are a few YouTube videos with several methods to try.
The Crack’n Crab Cleaner is a tool designed by two Newport crab fishermen, but be forewarned, they start with a live crab!
Andrew Zimmerman has a pretty traditional method. We’re all familiar with crab pots. He has a cool way of using the crab shells when serving.
Becky Selengut claims to have the most humane method. She puts hers on ice first, and steams them vs boiling them. But she also prefers giving them a good whack to kill them first, before cooking them. So, there’s that 🙂
Let me know if you try one of these and how you do!