How to cook a crab

Recipe by: The Cornish Fishmonger

How to cook a crab

Image | The Cornish Fishmonger

Unlike a lobster, crab needs to be sleepy before being cooked, otherwise it will "shoot" its claws and legs.
 
Put your crab into a pan of cold water and leave for half an hour; this will make the crab sleepy. Alternatively place it in a container in the fridge for an hour.
 
Boil a large pan of salted water. You can either use seawater or add 30g of salt of water, to make a simmilar concentration. Place the crab into the boiling water and simmer for 15 minutes.
 
Remove the crab from the water, rinse with cold water and leave to cool for a couple of hours.
the Cornish Fishmonger

The Cornish Fishmonger

The Cornish Fishmonger is a family run specialist online fishseller, involved in the fishing industry since its creation by Robert Clifford-Wing some thirty years ago.

Chef Rob Wing

Website

thecornishfishmonger.co.uk

Ingredients

A whole Crab
Salt 
Water
 
Allow about 500 grams of whole crab per portion.
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Gill Netting

outside 6 mile limit

Crabs caught thorough entanglement in gill nets are lower quality and outside the 6 mile limit there are smaller minimum landing sizes. Some issues with accidental by-catch with this method.

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Beam Trawling

Cornish waters outside 6 mile limit

Outside 6 mile limit. Beam trawls have considerable impact on the seabed and crabs caught in trawls are often more damaged than those caught in pots. There are also issues with unwanted by catch.

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Potting

Cornish Waters outside 6 mile limit

Potting is a selective and low impact method but outside the 6 mile limits there are smaller minimum landing sizes for brown crab.

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Gill Netting

Inside Cornwall's 6 mile limit

Crabs caught thorough entanglement in gill nets are lower quality. There are some issues with accidental by-catch with this method.

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Potting

Cornish waters inside 6 mile limit

Potting is a selective and low impact method and within the 6 mile limits Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation authority monitor and strictly regulate the fishery.

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