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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

3. Turn crab over. Pull off and discard any reddish membrane. Scoop out any remaining “butter.” Pull off long, spongy gills from sides of body. Rinse body well.  

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