This crab has a sweet, salty, succulent, and nutty flavor. Best cooked Northwest-style in salt water.

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Fresh cooked dungenous crab.

Fresh cooked Dungeness crab.

Chances are if you’ve eaten crab anywhere in the West, it was a Dungeness crab. These are the most common crabs in the Western Pacific and are among the tastiest, too.

Dungeness is recognized for its delicate, sweet nutty flavor.

Very simply boiled or steamed and served with melted butter. Dungeness meat is also the number 1 choice for traditional northwest style crab cakes.

The Dungeness Crab or Cancer magister gets its common name from the town of Dungeness, Washington, now called Old Town Dungeness, where the first commercial harvesting of the crab was done.

Crab cakes made from fresh crab

Crab cakes made from fresh crab

Crab cakes made with fresh crab
The Dungeness Crab is the only commercially important crab in the state of Washington’s territorial waters and was the first shellfish harvested commercially on the North Pacific Coast.

Traditional northwest Dungeness crab cocktail:

  • Diced celery
  • diced Walla Walla sweet onion
  • Dungeness crab meat
  • Cocktail sauce

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