How to Cook with Frozen Dungeness Crab
Frozen Dungeness Crab
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If you are lucky enough to have a freezer full of frozen Dungeness crab then you must live on the western side of the US, Canada or Alaska. In these parts Dungeness crab meat is one of the healthiest, organic food sources that grace many dinner tables with it’s presence. It is also on the best list for sustainable seafood choices, according to Seafood Watch.
If you pre-cooked your crab before you froze it:
Once you have caught your quota of Dungeness and have frozen them according to this crab freezing guide. It’s time to take them out of the freezer and let them thaw. You can do this in a couple of way. But, if you want to get the most out of your crab’s tender texture and flavorful meat then there really is only one way:
- I recommend taking your crab out of the freezer the night before, placing it on a baking sheet to catch all the water and defrosting in the fridge.
If you find yourself short on time then here are a couple of solutions:
- Take them out and thaw under cool running water.
- Steam them straight out of the freezer.
To grill (my favorite method), broil or bake your crab you only need to heat the meat to be sure the flavors saturate throughout the Dungeness. This usually takes between 5-7 minutes for either method. To steam them after they are thoroughly thawed, with take 4-5 minutes.
Un-cooked frozen crab (which is the best method for preserving the crab’s juicy flavors, especially if you froze them in milk):
- Let your crab defrost overnight in the fridge.
However, you have several options for cooking:
Grilling your thawed crab is an option, but remember that crab retains a lot of water and will constantly be dripping on your grill. You will need to turn your grill on high, and cook your crab for 20 minutes with the lid closed.
Baking gives you the same effect without the rich smoky flavors of a grill.
If you plan on grilling or baking your crab you will want to make sure that it is fully defrosted. Otherwise you will end up with dry stringy crab meat. Unless of course that is your preference.
Crab meat is tasty straight out of the shell and into one’s mouth. BUT! If you are looking for some recipes or ideas to fancy-up your crab then you might be interested in the following pages:
These sauces are easy to make and pairs nicely with crab meat or crab cakes.
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