Monterey Bay & Fresh Crab

I hate to brag, but I think my weekend was better than your weekend. I found myself down in Monterey Bay for a couple of nights; out of the hustle and bustle of SF, enjoying a weekend of relaxation, good eating, and the best company. I loved sleeping in, stopping by the aquarium to see the stunning jellyfish display, and cooking some amazing meals. Since we were stowed away in a condo, I got to try my hand at cooking (and cleaning) a live crab! Picked up fresh from the ocean that day, we went with the recommendation of our crab guy and cooked it in sea water. Literally. Water from the waves outside the condo. The meal was delicious and oh so fun, as was the entire weekend. I’m always amazed at how just a few nights away can make the world of difference.

Tips for your Dungeness season:

  • Cook in ocean water! It helps keep the meat moist and sweet. If you don’t have the good fortune to be staying by the ocean, uncomfortably over salted water will do.
  • Keep your crab on/in ice so it’s sedated for the drop into scalding water.
  • Boil a pot of water first and cook crab for no more than 15 min.
  • When it’s done take off the shell, gills, yellow stuff, brown stuff (there’s a lot of stuff… just get it out)
  • Get cracking! Serve with garlic butter and lemon – the fresher it is, the simpler the preparation.

Tips for Monterey Bay:

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium is a must
  • If you have time, take a trip to Carmel-By-The-Sea
  • Eat seafood! Whether you cook it yourself or not
  • Walk on the beach, look for shells, watch the sunset – you know, all that good stuff



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