Delicious Dungeness Crab Recipes

dungeness crab recipes

You've hit the jackpot of crab recipes! Dungeness crab from the Oregon coast is delicious and I have some great how-to-do meals and treats for you. Crab entrées, salads, soups......just MMMMMM! OMG! I'm dyin' here! Haha! ;)

"Give me Dungeness or give me death," has always been my slogan. Hehe. Before I share some tasty recipes, here are just a couple of pointers for preparing your dishes: Dungeness crab is mild and flaky. Don't mix it with anything that is too overpowering; you'll miss out on the sweetness of the crab. If available, always use fresh crab meat. No reason to use canned if you can avoid it.

Nutrition Information

Oregon Dungeness is actually very nutritious. A 3oz portion of cooked crab meat has 19g of protein and contains important minerals and amino acids. It is low in both fat and calories, as well as cholesterol and carbohydrates. So why not learn how to take this succulent meat, find a groovy Dungeness crab recipe, and treat yourself to a feast?

dungeness crab nutrition info

You may be asking if diabetics can eat crab. As you can see, crab is low in carbs and is just fine if you're diabetic. Just make sure to go easy on the hot, melted butter! Here's a good diabetic cookbook with 500 tasty recipes.

Some Great Dungeness Crab Recipes

First off. here is a truly delicious recipe from one of my favorite YouTubers, Chef John. Ready for this? Here is a Dungeness crab recipe for Crab Stuffed Deviled Eggs. As Chef John always says, "ENJOY!"

crab cakes blt

Crab Cake BLT
Thanks to Caroline Wright of Coastal Living for this delicious lunch or dinner crab recipe!


  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup soft, fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons seafood seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound fresh lump crabmeat, drained
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil


Combine first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl. Fold in crabmeat. Shape crab mixture into 4 (4-inch) patties; chill 1 hour.

Melt butter with oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add crab cakes, and cook 4 to 6 minutes on each side or until golden.

Crab Cake BLT: Place bottom of 1 toasted bun on a serving plate; spread with 2 teaspoons mayonnaise, and top with 1 lettuce leaf, 2 cooked bacon slices, 1 Classic Crab Cake, 2 tomato slices, and top of toasted bun. Makes 1 serving.

Dungeness Crab Fritters with Roasted Pepper Remoulade
Delicious and fun Dungeness crab recipe, courtesy of Oregon Bounty


  • Crab Fritters
  • 1 cup Wondra flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 (one-half) teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 (one-quarter) teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 (one-half) teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 (one-quarter) teaspoon dry English mustard
  • 1 egg1/2 (one-half) cup half and half or milk
  • 1 cup crabFrying oil

  • Red Pepper Remoulade
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped shallots
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped capers
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped roasted red pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1/2 (one-half) tablespoon chopped dill
  • 1/2 (one-half) juice of a lemon
  • Salt to taste


Crab Fritters
Thoroughly mix together all dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix together all wet ingredients. Combine dry and wet ingredients and make spoon-sized dollops. Fry in a 350?F fryer. To check if they are done, insert a toothpick about one-half inch into the fritter. If the toothpick comes out clean, your fritters are done.

Red Pepper Remoulade
Mix all ingredients together and serve over warm fritters or on the side.

Dungeness Crab Enchiladas
If you love Mexican and Seafood, this crab recipe will be just your cup of tea. Very yummy!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1/2-3/4 lb. Dungeness crab meat
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 doz corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup corn or vegetable oil
  • 1 8 oz. can Rosarita brand enchilada sauce
  • 8 oz. grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 oz. grated Tillamook cheese
  • 1 2 oz. can sliced olives
  • 1/2 cup scallions, sliced in thin rounds
  • 1/4 cup Fresh cilantro, chopped


Heat olive oil in a skillet to medium hot. Add chopped onions, shallots and jalapenos until onions are translucent. Add garlic, cumin and lime juice. Let cool and stir in 1/2 of the Monterey Jack cheese and the crab. Heat enchilada sauce in a skillet and dip corn tortillas in sauce only long enough to soften. On a cutting board, fill each tortilla with the mixture, and roll up. Place the filled tortillas in a teflon lined baking pan tightly side by side. Evenly pour the enchilada sauce over the tortillas. Sprinkle next with the remaining Monterey Jack cheese and the Tillamook Cheese. Garnish with the sliced scallions and olives. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 20 minutes.

Garnish with cilantro. Serves 4-6

dungeness crab cakes

Dungeness Crab Cakes
There is such a high demand for Dungeness crab recipes that include the ever-popular crab cake, I simply had to include one.


  • 1 pound Dungeness crabmeat
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon crab seasoning
  • 1 cup fresh grated bread crumbs


Put crabmeat in mixing bowl. Add beaten egg. Mix lightly. Add remaining ingredients in order listed. Form the crab cake mixture into the desired size. Fry in skillet with vegetable oil on medium to high heat (about 1/2-inch of oil in bottom of skillet). Fry on one side until golden brown and turn over on other side to get the same. Yield: 6 servings

Gluten Free Crab Cakes Recipe
A very tasty crab recipe for the gluten-free crowd! 


  • 1 (6 oz.) can crabmeat
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 green pepper, finely diced
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. fish sauce or salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • pepper to taste
  • oil for frying


Dice onion and green pepper. Fry in a bit of oil until soft, or cook in microwave on high 1 to 2 minutes. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Heat a non-stick pan. When hot spoon one-fourth teaspoon of oil into the pan, spread evenly. Spoon the crab cake batter into the pan 1 tablespoon at a time, 3-5 little cakes should fit in the pan at once.

Cover and cook 2-3 minutes, until the top is just getting to be firm, and the bottom is golden brown. Flip the cakes and cook on the other side 1-2 minutes more. Keep the finished crab cakes warm in a covered casserole dish while cooking the rest of the batter.

dungeness crab bisque

Dungeness Crab Bisque
On a cold day along the Oregon Coast, this crab recipe is sure to warm your tummy right up.


  • 1 tbsp. minced onion
  • 2 tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 2 cups each chicken broth and half-and-half
  • 1 lb. Oregon Dungeness crab meat, thawed if necessary
  • salt
  • chopped parsley


Sauté onion in butter. Add flour; cook and stir 1 minute. Gradually stir in chicken broth and half-and-half; cook and stir 5 minutes. Break crab into chunks; add to broth. Salt to taste. Heat thoroughly. Garnish with parsley. Makes 6 servings.

Oregon Dungeness Crab Salad

Oregon Dungeness Crab Salad
There is nothing lighter than a scrumptious crab salad. This is one crab recipe that you will want to keep handy.


  • 1/2 pound Dungeness crabmeat
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon light olive oil
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon shallots or scallions, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, tarragon, basil or chives, minced
  • Salad greens
  • Tabasco
  • salt to taste


In a mixing bowl, season the crabmeat with lemon juice, oil, salt, Tabasco and herbs. Toss lightly, and let stand 20 minutes. Shortly before serving, drain excess liquid from bowl and toss with just enough mayonnaise to lightly coat the crabmeat. Serve on a bed of salad greens. Serves 4.

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Oregon Dungeness Crab Sandwiches
This Dungeness crab recipe is an easy one to make and the family will love it.


  • 3/4 pound Dungeness Crab meat
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2/3 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon Tabasco pepper sauce
  • 4 each English muffins *


Mix crabmeat, cheese, celery, and parsley. Combine mayonnaise, lemon, mustard, and Tabasco. Toss crabmeat mixture with dressing. Split in half English muffins, spread mixture on muffins. Broil about 4 inches from heat for 4-5 minuets or until heated through. For appetizers, quarter muffins.

*sliced sourdough bread can be substituted for English muffins. Makes 4 servings.

Dungeness Crab Dip
Dungeness dip is one of the more popular crab recipes. This is great for appetizers or just to sit and snack on together in front of a fire.


  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 5 ounces fresh Dungeness crab meat
  • 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 loaf French bread
  • butter, melted
  • coarsely ground cracked peppercorns


1. Preheat oven to 350° degrees F.

2. Slice the French bread very thinly into 1/4-inch slices, cut each slice into two pieces, place on a baking sheet and brush each slice with melted butter; add the cracked pepper, pressing to adhere; place under the broiler for approximately 2-3 minutes until lightly toasted; Turn each slice over and toast the other side for 2-3 minutes until lightly toasted; Remove from oven and cool in the pan on a rack.

3. In a small bowl combine the cream cheese, sour cream, garlic, crab, Parmesan, cayenne and salt; mix well; Lightly butter two 4 oz. (1/2 cup) ramekins, fill each ramekin with the crab mixture (This can be done ahead of time, covered and refrigerated until ready to bake)

4. When ready to serve, bake for approximately 20 - 22 minutes until top is bubbly and starting to turn brown; Place on a plate with a pate knife and the toasted bread and serve. Makes approximately 1 cup.

This is one Dungeness crab recipe that will tend to be the hit of any party. Enjoy. ;)

Dungeness Crab and Tomato Napoleon


  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon best-quality mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • Dash or two of hot pepper sauce (or to your taste)
  • Coarse salt and coarsely-ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 pound Dungeness crabmeat, picked over for any shells and cartilage*
  • 4 large ripe beefsteak tomatoes, peeled and each cut into 3 or 4 slices
  • Extra-virgin olive oil for garnish

* Lump crab or backfin blue crabmeat may be substituted. But why? ;)

In a medium-size bowl, blend together the sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, basil, chives, hot pepper sauce, salt, and pepper. Carefully fold in the crabmeat; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for approximately 1 hour.When ready to serve, divide the crab mixture into fourths.

On four (4) individual serving plates, lay down 1 tomato slice and top with some prepared crab mixture. Repeat the layering with the remaining tomato slices and crab mixture. Drizzle with a little olive oil over the top and around each stack. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings.

Messy Crab Recipe
One of the many crab recipes that is really fun to make and eat!


  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced or mashed
  • 1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) butter or margarine
  • 2 tblsp all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 to 3 large cooked Dungeness crabs (about 2 lbs. each), cleaned and well cracked
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chopped parsley
  • lemon wedges
  • crusty French bread


  • In a Dutch oven, cook the onion and garlic in the butter until onion is soft.
  • Add the flour and cook, stirring, until flour is golden.
  • Remove pan from heat and gradually stir in the milk and cream.
  • Return pan to heat and bring to simmering, stirring.
  • Add the crab, cover, and simmer about 10 minutes or until crab is heated through.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Stir in the parsley.
  • Ladle crab and broth into shallow bowls ; pass lemons; dunk bread in the broth.

Dungeness Crab Stuffed Chicken Breasts
This Dungeness crab recipe makes for a great lunch or dinner


  • 3 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh dill or 1/4 teaspoon dried dillweed
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon (scant) lemon-pepper
  • 4 ounces Dungeness crabmeat
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • All purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten to blend
  • 3 cups fresh breadcrumbs (about 3 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


Combine first 6 ingredients in medium bowl. Add crab and mix in thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be prepared 2 hours ahead. Cover and chill.)

Using small sharp knife, cut horizontally through center of each chicken breast, creating pocket. Fill each pocket with 1/4 of stuffing. Dip each chicken piece into flour, then eggs, then crumbs to coat, covering completely.

Melt butter with oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken breast halves to skillet and cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 10 minutes per side.

Serves 4.

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