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Dec 16, 2008 01:10 PM

Can I make anything from one Dungeness crab carcass?

I bought a crab a little over a week ago and after picking out the meat threw the carcass in the freezer. It was two pounds and I have limited patience digging crab meat out of the shell, so there's some meat left. Is there anything I can do with it?

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  1. crab bisque? maybe add some shrimp shells if you want to add volume.

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    1. Filipinos make a beautiful dish of crab meat combined with pork that is baked within the shell itself. Think of it as a spicier and more visually interesting take on pork-and-crab dumplings.

      1. One of the ethereally light Vietnamese soups based on crab wash.

        1. Place your carcass in a medium hot oven (250F), leave door open, let completely dry, will take about 6 - 8 hours.
          Crush as fine as possible using a mallet.
          Place crushed shells in casserole with one pound butter and water to cover, simmer for an hour, strain through sieve twice and once more through a cheesecloth, discard shells, refrigerate all liquid, butter will float to top and harden. Remove butter discard water. This butter now is Crab Butter and can be used for a roux makeing Crab Soup

          1. You could easily make a great seafood stock with it. I have some big crab leg shells in the freezer, saved to make a stock for king crab risotto (on our menu next week).