Last Updated on May 25, 2023 by Suzy Sakamoto
Get to cracking this sweet and succulent crustacean, because these are the best Dungeness crab recipes to try! Nothing beats fresh Dungeness crab meat, and these recipes feature it in breakfast, appetizers, and the main course.
Starting with a tried and true way of cooking live crab, to a few one-pot wonders that make hosting a crowd a breeze, and of course, a few creamy and dreamy crab appetizers, then a few light and fresh main dishes. Are you drooling yet? Because, I sure am!
It's no surprise that I absolutely love working with our go-to Pacific Northwest crab, and here are just some of my favorites recipes to whip up!
1. Cooked Whole Dungeness Crab
When you're working with fresh crab, the best absolute best way to enjoy it is freshly cooked whole. We use it often after our family crabbing trips, so it's tested and perfected. Enjoy it with a side of garlic butter, but most often than not, you won't need sauce with how sweet and juicy it turns out!
RECIPE: How to Cook Dungeness Crab
2. Cajun Dungeness Crab Boil
The second best way to highlight this sweet crustacean is by making this one-pot wonder that will ensure lasting memories. Cajun Dungeness Crab Boil is easy to whip up, since everything goes into one large pot, but oh boy the juiciness is out of this world.
RECIPE: Dungeness Crab Boil
3. Seafood Boil
Is your mouth watering just looking at this seafood boil?! This seafood boil is SO scrumptious that you'll be dreaming about it for days! This recipe is filled with Dungeness crab, prawns, mussels, steamer clams, corn, sausage and potatoes. All buttered up in a Cajun sauce that's buttery goodness.
RECIPE: Seafood Boil
4. Crab Omelet
It doesn't get much better than a crab breakfast or brunch. It's one of the best crab recipes to make with any leftovers.
RECIPE: Crab Omelet Recipe
5. Hot Crab Spinach Artichoke Dip
This cheesy, creamy, flavor-packed crab dip is pure dynamite at a gathering! It's perfectly garlicky and reminds me so much of our popular garlic sauce (toum) that compliments any meal and works perfectly at a party. It sure is a seafood dip I can get behind!
RECIPE: Hot Crab Spinach Artichoke Dip
6. Crab Tacos
Get your crab on with this Fresh Crab Tacos recipe! These flavorful seafood tacos are made with fresh Dungeness crab, a simple fresh corn salad, then top with a spectacular cilantro lime dressing and fresh jalapenos!
RECIPE: Crab Tacos
7. Crispy Air Fryer Crab Rangoon
This crab rangoon recipe is packed with this sweet crustacean! You will be sure to taste them in every bite! They're perfectly crunchy on the outside, and creamy and crabby on the inside. With a little squeeze of fresh lemon, a grating of fresh garlic, and a sprinkle of fresh parsley - turns this classic dish into a Mediterranean palette!
RECIPE: Crispy Air Fryer Crab Rangoon
8. Crab Pasta with Lemon Garlic Sauce
This crab pasta without cream recipe is the perfect pairing with fresh Dungeness. A light, garlicky, lemony sauce with fresh ingredients and fresh sweet crab...mmmm.. now that's a great spaghetti meal for any day!
RECIPE: Crab Pasta Without Cream
9. Open, Clean, and Crack Dungeness Crab Guide
If you're working with whole Dungeness crab, or would like to take on recreational crabbing, then this is the perfect article for you! It perfectly guides you through the ins and outs of how to crack, how to open a whole crab, and what to keep vs what to discard. Reach out if you have any more questions!
RECIPE: How to Crack Crab
10. Crab Melt on an English Muffin
Try eating just one of these fresh and cheesy crab melts. With a crunchy crab meat salad made with Old Bay seasoning, which is the quintessential seasoning to pair with our favorite crustacean! Topped with a cheese mixture, then a juicy slice of beef tomatoes, and to top it all off, even more cheese! It's simply scrumptious!
RECIPE: Crab Melt
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