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How to Clean a Cooked Dungeness Crab

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Cooked Dungeness crabs are available in our Seafood Department. To clean and prepare them for eating, follow these step-by-step instructions.
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Step 1:

Set the crab belly-side up. Twist off the triangular shaped tail apron near the smaller back legs.
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Step 2:

Turn the crab upright. Hold the lower body down with one hand, and then with the other hand pull off the top shell.
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Step 3:

Pull away and discard the spongy gills from the crab.
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Step 4:

With crab belly side down, firmly hold both sides of it and break into two halves. Serve the crab halves and let diner's crack and eat them at the table.
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Step 5:

With crab belly side down, firmly hold both sides of it and break into two halves. Serve the crab halves and let diner's crack and eat them at the table.
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Step 6:

If you want to make eating easier, break claws off and cut legs into single pieces. Now carefully crack them with a kitchen mallet or back of a knife, then serve.

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