Crab Cancer pagurus

A crustacean which contains brown body meat and white claw meat. Males contain more white meat than females.

Appearance

An oval shaped ‘carapace’ or shell with a characteristic ‘pie crust’ edging and black tips to the claws.

Size

Range from 1-2kg

Source

Smaller brown crab sourced from East Coast of UK; large brown crab sourced from South West coast

Seasonality

Native crab season Feb-Oct; best quality March-June

Oil Content

Low

Price Guide

Medium

Portion Size

Whole; dressed; crabmeat

Alternatives

Spider crab, Snow crab, blue crab

How To Cook

Crabmeat can be added to many other ingredients and lends itself to strong, spicy flavours - great in soups or tarts. Cold crabmeat is delicious in salads.



Fish Fact

The collective name for a group of crabs is a 'cast'. Baby crabs are known as hatchlings.

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