If you have shells from a cracked-crab feast, make this delicious bisque the following day. “Slow and low is the only trick to cooking it,” Jordan Davis of Herringbone Restuarants says. Top with leftover shelled cooked crab, if you have some—it’s not absolutely necessary.
Dungeness is always on the menu at chef Joshua Delgado's Alderbrook, set right on Washington’s Hood Canal. These outstanding Benedicts skip the customary English muffin to showcase just crisp crabcake, egg, and hollandaise.
Despite being quite a distance from an ocean, chef-owner Cullen Campbell, of Crudo in Phoenix, serves impeccable seafood. He simmers these plump gnocchi, but the mixture is also excellent pan-fried as crabcakes.
SoCal-based Jordan Davis, of Herringbone Restaurants, grew up in San Francisco, devouring Dungeness every Christmas Eve. Although you can buy and serve precooked crab, the cooking process isn’t difficult, and the resulting flavor, texture, and freshness can’t be beat. (For how to cook, clean, and crack crab, go to sunset.com/crabvideo.) Use leftover meat and shells for bisque.
The ocean flavor of Dungeness meets earthy hominy in this twist on the Mexican soup called posole. “Dungeness crabmeat has a natural orange-red hue from the shell that makes the salad look vibrant,” says chef Aniedra Nichols of Elway's Cherry Creek in Denver. You could also use shrimp, scallops, or fat flakes of Pacific cod.
Packed with fresh crab, these indulgent appetizers are a step up from the rangoons (deep-fried dumplings) often sold at Chinese restaurants. They can be made ahead and frozen, then cooked when guests arrive. Set out several dipping sauces, as everyone seems to have a favorite.
Crab, Shrimp, and Mango Salad with Yuzu Vinaigrette
Yuzu, a kind of Japanese citrus, has an ultra-aromatic, floral flavor that makes it a knockout with seafood and mango. A soy-ginger mayo and a sprinkle of minced kaffir lime leaves add more layers of complexity.
If you're lucky enough to have leftover crab, there's no better use for it than this. Rich and creamy, bright with lemon, this classic brunch dish also makes a great supper when paired with a simple green salad.
Crab and corn are a classic chowder combination, but we've used hominy instead of corn, providing this flavorful soup a satisfying bite; avocado and cilantro toppings give the dish a Southwest vibe. Ready in 30 minutes!