Chilebrown at home

Saturday, November 21, 2009


The first of the sweet Dungeness Crabs have been plucked from their watery homes. They have been harvested and sent to our local fishmonger. Chilebrown rushed down to the 'International Market' to get some of these crusty crustaceans. Barbequed crab cakes were the quest. This was the first weekend since the commercial season has started. The price was a whopping 3.99/pound for live crab. My baby weighed in at a little under two pounds. That is a little small for the first of the season.

We rushed Crusty home and gave him a 10 minute bath in rolling, boiling, scalding, salted water. We removed the suit of armor and formed the crab into cakes. We used a recipe like this. A mesquite fire was built. It had just finished raining and the air was clear and brisk. Building the bbq fire had a soothing vibe, like the calm after the storm. A trusty black iron warrior was called in to battle, to tame this ring of this fire. A plunge in a hot butter bath was all these beautiful cakes needed.

We love our Dungeness crab. It is so sweet and delicious. A hint of smokiness is what the barbeque added. We will be enjoying crab for the next couple of months. Oh Yeah!


Anonymous said...

These look wonderful and I'm so jealous

Landlocked in Colorado

WhiteTrashBBQ said...

There's a season for Dungeness crabs? I thought they were available all year.

Chilebrown said...

highlandsranchfoodie, We definately are spoiled as far as fresh crab.

WhiteTrashBBQ, They are available all year. Those crabs come from Washington and Alaska. For the next couple of months local dungeness will be harvested from local waters. They are sweeter and cheaper. It is like tomato season. Enjoy them while you can.

cookiecrumb said...

W00t! That is just so nice. Can't wait for my first Crusty.

Chef JP said...

Put me down for a couple of dozen of these babies!

Karine said...

I am also jealous! I love crab :)