Last weekend was a big weekend for west coasters—it marked the opening of Dungeness crab season. Big and thick-shelled with sweet, tender meat, Dungeness crabs are prized by chefs in California, Oregon and Washington. Lucky for them and for crab-loving home cooks, this year’s season could be record-breaking. Here, nine delicious recipes for the West Coast’s favorite crustacean.
1. Dungeness Crab Cioppino
Chef Michael Mina’s late mother-in-law, Judith Tirado, always prepared cioppino for Christmas Eve dinner. Now he carries on the tradition by making her hearty, briny recipe, full of crab, shrimp and clams.
2. Crab Louie
This fresh, classic salad is filling enough to be a perfect lunch or light dinner.