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How to pick out the meat from a spider crab

Cooked spider crabs
Image | Abby Crossby © Copyright | Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Recipe by

E. Rawle & Co.

E. Rawle & Co was established in Newquay in 1936. This third generation family fishmonger serves individual shoppers, hotels, restaurants and outside caterers, providing for every occasion.  Our customers are assured of individual, friendly service.  We sell a wide range of fresh fish, shellfish and ready-to-eat products.  We source locally wherever possible and our products are prepared as required on the premises.  We have a policy of using fish from sustainable fisheries, line-caught when available.  Our Newquay pot-caught crabs and lobsters are cooked on the premises.  Try one of our highly acclaimed dressed Newquay crabs!

Chef

Gareth Horner

Website

erawleandcofishmonger.co.uk

Ingredients

One Cooked spider crab.

a good chopping board

a teaspoon

a hammer or wooden rolling pin

a bowl for white meat 

a bowl for brown meat

a bowl/bin for shell

Ideally you enjoy your cooked crab like the French and the Spanish do, you sit down with good company, plenty of time and some white wine to drink! Slow food! 

 

Method

 
Spider crab is delicious and sustainable but many people are scared to try it! Its really easy to pick out the meat from a cooked spider crab and we have asked legendary Newquay fishmonger Gareth Horner from E.Rawle and co fishmongers, 17 East Street to show us all how!
 
For instructions on how to humanely kill a crab before cooking it please click here 

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.

Spider Crab

Gill Netting

Cornish Waters

Gill nets are efficient for catching spider crabs when they are on the move across the seabed. As they get so badly tangled the quality sometimes suffers and gill nets can have issues with accidental by catch of other non target species.

Potting

Cornish waters

Pots are low impact and selective. Undersized catch can be returned safely and the pots don't damage the seabed.

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