Crab is so yummy and Dungeness is amazing anyway you crack it. This grilled recipe is simple and easy though it does take a little time. In the end it’s completely worth it.
3 Large Dungeness Crabs
1 Tablespoon Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning
1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic
1 Teaspoon Lemon juice
So to make things easier I got pre-cooked dungeness. I did have to clean them though and I will take you through each step of cleaning the crab.
My brother decided he was going to help me. Here is a picture so that you can appreciate just how large these crabs were.
First you want to remove the apron which is found on the underside of the crab.
Peel and crack the apron off starting at the narrow end. Pull the apron up and away from the crab body. It will take some force to actually break the apron off but it can be done. Next you want to remove the carapace, which is the top shell of the crab.
To pull the carapace off insert a finger into the crab through where the apron was attached. Pull the top and the body in opposite directions, again this will take some force. The top piece once removed will look like this and may have some gills attached to it.
Once removed the carapace and anything inside can be discarded. Looking at the body the next step is to remove any remaining gills and the mandibles.
The mandibles are the last part of the crab that you have to break off and they will come off the easiest. Now you can clean the crab out of all the nasty goop lol.
Now that you have the crab cleaned crack it straight down the middle into two pieces. Once everything is cleaned put them all in a large pot.
Now you can mix up your marinade. Combine the seasoning, garlic, and lemon juice in a bowl. Slowly add in olive oil till you get a thick paste.
Once you have the paste ready you want to make small cracks in the meatier parts of the crab claws.
I used a pair of pliers to make the cracks. Once the cracks are there rub the paste over every part of the crab and make sure that you get it in all the nooks and crannies.
Cover and let sit in the fridge for an hour to marinade.
Once the hour is up grill the crab on medium high.
Each side needs 5-7 minutes to cook. Once done the crab is ready to eat. This recipe is yummy and super spicy.
Serving 1 crab (10 ounces of meat)
Fat 12.8 g
Sat Fat 1.5 g
Cholest 215.3 mg
Sodium 2311 mg
Carb 3.2 g
Fiber 0 g
Sugar 0 g
Protein 63.2 g