A species of crab that inhabits eelgrass beds on the west coast of North America. It typically grows to 20 cm (7.9 in) across the carapace and is a popular seafood prized for its sweet and tender flesh. It was named for Dungeness, a port in Washington state.
1. Harvesting: According to Fisheries Canada, you must measure your crab immediately. Use a caliper device to measure in a straight line through the widest part of the shell. A Dungeness crab must measure at least 165 mm. A red rock crab must measure at least 115 mm. You must immediately release all undersized crabs, as wall as all female Dungeness and Red Rock crabs.
2. You cook them in boiling water for 8 to 12 minutes. Click here to see a short video on how to clean a dengeness crab.