Marinated Cracked Crab

Total Time
24hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 24 hrs

This is a very simple yet very delicious recipe and meal. My grandparents grew up in the bay area, california. An area that is popular for the dungenees crab. They knew the owner of a local resturant who made this dish for his friends but was not on the menu. They were fortunate to get the recipe. The recipe works best with fresh live crabs but will do well with previously frozen crabs.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Clean and crack crab and place in large bowl.
  2. Mix the above items together and pour over the crab.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Sprinkle some chopped parsley over crab.
  5. Let marinate for several hours to over night in the refrigerator, mixing well every couple of hours.
  6. I usually do 7-8 crabs so just increase the measurements accordingly. Make sure you serve with some San Francisco sourdough bread frest from the bakery. Its very nice to mop us the juice thats left from the marinate. Please let me know what you think. Please enjoy.


Most Helpful

I am a San Francisco native and make a similar recipe. We use olive oil, fresh lemon juice and parsley. Add your sourdough and white wine, a little salad and you are set!

CARMEN N. November 17, 2014

In a word...OUTSTANDING!!!! I grew up with cracked crab being from the Bay and Northern california...I never thought I could match my mom on the marinade! This exceeded my expectations after marinating only 2 hours...Even better the next day! Well done! It's is PERFECT!

mrshanes January 03, 2010

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