Crab is a wonderful treat to bring to the dinner table thanks to its mild flavor and delicate meat. Dungeness crab is an especially enjoyable variety found along the Western coast of the United States. When cooking Dungeness crab it is important that you do so in a fashion that will not compromise the unique flavor of the meat. The best way to cook crab is to boil it but the biggest choice is whether you will use live or flash frozen crab. The level of freshness is obviously better with the live crab but most crabbers flash freeze their catch right after removing it from the water, locking in the taste.
When cooking Dungeness crab to begin, bring a large pot of water to a boil over a medium to high heat source. You should put in about half a cup of salt for every gallon of water you put in the pot to add a little extra flavor to the crab. Once the water is boiling place the crabs you wish to prepare in the water and cover the pot. If you are working with live crabs then you may wish to put them in the freezer for around half an hour before placing them in the water. The time in the freezer slows down the crabs and puts them in a sort of daze that makes them easier to handle and prevents them from being fully conscious when they are submerged in the water.
Cooking Dungeness crab means completely submerging the crabs in the water and having four to five inches of extra water above them in the pot. Allow the crab to cook for about fifteen minutes for average sized ones and ten to twelve minutes if they are a bit on the smaller side. Large crab should be allowed about twenty minutes to cook in order for them to be thoroughly cooked. It is best to serve them nice and hot with melted butter, letting the naturally great flavor the crab shine through unencumbered. Simple and straightforward, preparing Dungeness crab means having a high class meal ready in only a few minutes.