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Dungeness crab 101

If you’ve never cooked live crabs, it can seem a little intimidating. But our paper-bag method for getting the critters in the water helps things go smoothly


dungeness 101 shell
Alex Farnum

More on how to crack and clean

2. Pull body up off broad back shell by prying off shell from the rear end. Discard liquid in shell. Scoop out and save soft, golden “butter” and white fat from shell to eat with crab, or discard with back shell.



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