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Learn how to clean your whole cooked Dungeness Crab with this video from Giovanni's Fish Market.
Serving Suggestions Steam Crabs
Steaming crabs is a method that helps crab to retain their tasty juices and keeps them from becoming water-logged, which can happen with boiling. There are three easy steps:
- Bring an inch of salted water to a boil in a large pot.
-Put the crabs in a steamer basket or insert or simply pile them into the pot and let the bottom crabs boil slightly and act as a platform for the other crabs to steam.
-Cover and cook 5 minutes to reheat, depending on the size of the crabs. Remove the steamer or pull the crabs out of the pot with tongs. Let the crabs sit until cool enough to handle before you clean and serve them. You can give them a rinse under cool water to speed up the process.
You need to clean crabs before you grill them. Follow these steps:
-Toss the whole cleaned crabs (or halves or quarters depending on the size) with some olive oil and maybe a minced clove of garlic or two, plus some chopped rosemary or thyme leaves if you like.
- Set them on a hot grill until cooked through and browned, about 4 minutes per side. If you have soft-shell crabs, the grilling process is different.
You need to start with a hot oven, so preheat the oven to 450 F. Then, use these instructions for roasting crabs:
- Toss the cleaned crabs with some oil or melted butter, aromatics, spices, or herbs that you like (minced shallot or garlic is yummy, as is a mix of minced ginger and green onions).
Set the crabs in a mainly single layer in a roasting pan and cook in a hot oven (450 F to 500 F) until the crabs are browned and sizzling (and cooked through) for about 10 minutes.
Source for serving suggestions Spruce Eats.