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How to cook a crab

How to cook a crab
Image | The Cornish Fishmonger © Copyright | Wing of St Mawes

Recipe by

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.

Method

Unlike a lobster, crab needs to be sleepy before being cooked, otherwise it will "shoot" its claws and legs. Instructions on how to humanely kill a crab can be found here 
 
 
 
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.

Crab, Brown, Edible

Gill Netting

North Coast (VIIf and VIIg)

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. Stocks are under more pressure off the North Coast.

Gill Netting

South Coast (area VIIe)

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. Stocks are healthier off the South Coast

Potting

North Coast (VIIf and VIIg)

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.

Potting

South Coast (area VIIe)

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. Crab Stocks are most healthy off Cornwall's South Coast.

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