Dungeness crab (Cancer magister) are crustaceans, having an exterior skeleton or shell. The shell is purple-tinged, grayish-brown on the back, with white tipped claws. They average six to seven inches across the back. The sweetest of all crabs, Dungeness come from Washington and Alaskan waters.
The Dungeness Crab gets its name from the town of Dungeness, located near Sequim, Washington in Clallam County, on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. Dungeness Crab were first commercially harvested there.
Eat Dungeness Crab chilled, or they may be warmed by lightly steaming. Melt some garlic butter for dipping, and you’ve got a messy, marvelous feast!
The oldest commercial shellfish fishery on the Pacific Coast began in the small village of Dungeness near Sequim, Washington in 1848. Today, Dungeness Crab is known around the world for its wonderful texture, its buttery flavor, and its rarity.