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The Art of Reheating Dungeness Crab

A simple guide to enjoying delicious and succulent Dungeness crab every time

Cooked Dungeness Crab on tray
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Six (6) Cooked Dungeness Crab on ice
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Today we're tackling a common question for those of us who adore Dungeness crab: how do you reheat it without losing its mouthwatering texture and flavor? There's nothing quite like the taste of fresh crab, and you want to be sure you're getting the most out of this delicacy. Fear not! We've got the perfect method to reheat your cooked Dungeness crab, preserving its taste and ensuring a delightful meal. So let's dive in and learn the best way to reheat this local treasure.

When it comes to reheating cooked Dungeness crab, the key is using a gentle heat source to prevent overcooking and drying out the meat. There are a few different methods you can use, but our favorite is steaming. Steaming allows the crab to reheat evenly, retaining moisture and preserving that tender, sweet flavor we all know and love.


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  1. Prepare the steamer: Fill a large pot with about 2 inches of water, and place a steamer basket or rack inside. Ensure that the water level is below the steamer basket to prevent the crab from being submerged. Bring the water to a gentle simmer.
  2. Clean the crab: If you're reheating a whole cooked Dungeness crab, make sure it's clean before reheating. Remove the back shell, gills, and viscera. Rinse the crab under cold water to remove any remaining debris.
  3. Portion the crab: To ensure even reheating, it's best to break the crab into smaller pieces. Remove the legs and claws from the body, and break the body into halves or quarters, depending on the size of the crab.
  4. Place the crab in the steamer: Arrange the crab pieces in a single layer on the steamer basket or rack, making sure not to overcrowd them. This will allow the steam to circulate evenly around the crab for proper reheating.
  5. Steam the crab: Cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and steam the crab for 4-6 minutes, depending on the size of the pieces. You'll know it's ready when the crab is heated through and has a pleasant, slightly sweet aroma.
  6. Serve immediately: Once the crab is reheated, remove it from the steamer and serve immediately. Enjoy your succulent, tender Dungeness crab with melted butter, lemon wedges, and a sprinkle of fresh herbs for the ultimate seafood feast.

We hope you find this guide to reheating cooked Dungeness crab helpful and enjoy savoring this delicious treat to the fullest. Happy eating!


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