How to Cook Dungeness Crab to PNW way! by Life Currents

How to Cook Dungeness Crab

Author Debi


  • 1 fennel bulb sliced
  • raw uncooked & cleaned crab
  • sea water or salt water


  1. It’s best to do this outside, as the process can be a messy one. Place sliced fennel in large pot of sea water, and bring to a boil.
  2. Once the water is at a rapid boil, place cleaned crab into the boiling water. Bring the water back up to a boil, and cook crab for 22 minutes; if the pot starts to boil over turn the heat down on the burner.
  3. Once 22 minutes are up, remove the crab from the boiling water with a pair of tongs, and dunk the cooked crab in cold water to stop the cooking process (shock the crab in cold water).
  4. The crab are ready to eat, as is. You’ll want a crab cracker, and some crab forks to help get all the meat out. This is also a messy process, and again, probably best done outside. But, what’s better than fresh crab legs eaten in the company of friends while sitting outside and enjoying the wonderful summer weather! Or, you can make lots of different dishes with the cooked crab meat. Below, I have a bunch of different recipes I collected for you!