How to clean Dungeness crab is a subject of debate. These crustaceans are among the most delicious crabs in the ocean, and are sought after all down the west coast for their sweet, mild meat. Cleaning a Dungeness crab is a time consuming affair, as the meat is located not only in the legs, but in the portion of the crab where the legs connect to the body. Some people prefer to cook the crabs whole, but we don’t think that is the best program. In order to optimize space in your crab cooking pot, minimize the amount of effort needed to remove the shell and guts, and eliminate the potential of ingesting domoic acid, then we suggest separating the clusters from the crab before cooking. Enter the LeeLock Crab Cracker.
The LeeLock Crab Cracker is a multi-purpose tool that allows you to first measure the crabs to confirm that they are legal size, then allows you to crack the crabs in half, separating the guts and carapace from the two crab clusters. The Crab Cracker is designed to be placed on a five-gallon bucket. Crabs are placed on top of the cracker and a swift blow onto the carapace instantly kills the crab and allows you to break it into two clusters, while the guts and shell fall into the bucket. A few shakes of each cluster into the bucket leaves you with two clusters ready to be cooked. In our opinion, it’s the way how to clean Dungeness crabs.
The LeeLock Crab Cracker allows you to measure crab carapaces with four different measurement markers: 5 3/4”, 6”, 6 1/4” and 6 1/2”. Depending on where you are crabbing—Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska or Canada—the minimum legal male crab differs in size. This one tool is all you need to measure crabs on the west coast. The tool is made from anodized aluminum, which means it won’t rust despite the exposure to saltwater.
So there you have it, the LeeLock Crab Cracker is the one tool you need to first measure, and then how to clean Dungeness crabs. Not only will you be able to fit nearly twice as many crabs in your cooking pot, but you will eliminate the potential for ingesting domoic acid because you’ve removed the crab guts prior to cooking. Additionally, you won’t be left pulling shells and guts out of whole cooked crabs, which we’ve found to be messy work that leaves us with scorched hands. Cleaning the crabs before cooking is really the best way how to clean Dungeness crabs and the LeeLock Crab Cracker is the perfect tool for the job.
Check out this video of the Crab Cracker in action.