How to Buy

When to Buy

During the peak of the Dungeness crab harvest (Dec – April) fresh whole-cooked crab are readily available at supermarket seafood counters and specialty seafood markets throughout the region. Prolonged winter storms will occasionally disrupt the supply so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the weather when planning an important event or function that features fresh Dungeness.

Availability

Availability of live crab is best during the winter and spring months. Although not as abundant, fresh cooked crab is still available during the summer months thanks to the efforts of those crabbers who fish right up to the season closure in mid-August. Crabs tend to be weaker during the summer molting period and do not ship or travel well. Modern freezing technology has made a full complement of frozen market forms accessible on a year round basis.

Retail prices typically are at their lowest during the winter months when the harvest is in full swing and crabs are being landed by the boat load. As production drops off, prices at both the wholesale and retail levels tend to increase accordingly. Many supermarkets feature Dungeness crab at attractive ad prices in conjunction with major winter holidays, making this an especially good time to purchase and enjoy crab.

What to Buy

Oregon Dungeness crab is available in a variety of fresh and frozen market forms. As a center-of-the-plate entrée or an exciting appetizer, it is guaranteed to please the most discriminating shellfish lover.

For the purist, Live Dungeness is the best there is. Delivered nationwide overnight, live crab offer that fresh off the boat flavor that will satisfy the most sophisticated palate. Cooking is easy and the dining experience, unparalleled.

Bright orange Whole-Cooks epitomize crab eating West Coast crab feed style. Purchased fully cooked and ready-to-eat, cooked crab must be cleaned (eviscerated) before serving. Often done at the point-of-purchase, cleaning is simple and requires only a sink and running water.

Frozen Sections, or clusters as they are commonly referred to, are simply a cooked and cleaned crab, minus the back shell and split in half. They require minimum preparation labor and provide the ‘crack the shell’ experience that makes crab eating just plain fun.

Labor-saving Picked Meat is usually sold as a mixture of whole and broken leg meat, accompanied by the pure white body meat from the shoulder area under the shell back. It is fully cooked and ready to add its distinctive flavor to the chef’s favorite recipe.
Fry Legs refer to a special pack consisting of only whole leg portions and are the gold standard of enjoying Dungeness crab.

Where to Buy

SPORTSMEN’S CANNERY & SMOKEHOUSE

182 Bay Front Loop
Winchester Bay, OR 97467

541-271-3293
windayfisheries@charter.net
sportsmenscannery.com
FISHERMEN DIRECT SEAFOOD

P.O. Box 547
Gold Beach, OR 97444

541-247-9494 or Toll Free: 1-888-523-9494

fishermendirect.com
FISHHAWK FISHERIES

#1 – 4th St.
P.O. Box 715
Astoria, OR 97103

503-325-5252
fishhawk@ideal-web.com
KRAB KETTLE

280 Highway 101
Florence, OR 97439

541-997-8996
krabkettle@hotmail.com
www.krabkettle.com
LOCAL OCEAN SEAFOOD

213 SE Bay Blvd.
Newport, OR 97365

541-574-7959 or Toll Free: 1-800-574-79591-800-574-7959
info@localocean.net
www.localocean.net
CHUCKS SEAFOOD

5055 Boat Basin Dr.
Charleston, OR 97420

541-888-5525
sales@chucksseafood.com
www.chucksseafood.com
BC FISHERIES, LLC

P.O. Box 7140
Brookings, OR 97415

541-412-7368
bcfisheriesllc@msn.com
OM SEAFOOD CO.

3514 SE 76th Ave.
Portland, OR 97206

503-788-1984
sam@omseafood.com
www.omseafood.com
PACIFIC OYSTER

5150 Oyster Drive
Bay City, OR 97107

503-377-2323

pacseafood.com
BORNSTEIN SEAFOOD

9 Portway St.
Astoria, OR. 97103

503-325-6164
doug@bornstein.com
www.bornstein.com
WINTER HAWK SEAFOOD

Port Dock #7
Newport, OR 97365

541-336-8107 or 541-270-0791
bob@winterhawkseafood.com
www.winterhawkseafood.com
SOUTH BEACH FISH MARKET

3640 S Coast Highway
South Beach, OR 97366

541-867-6800 or Toll Free: 1-866-816-7716
fishmarket@southbeachfishmarket.com
www.southbeachfishmarket.com
HAPPY CRAB SEAFOODS

2601 N Newark
Portland, OR 97217

503-285-7154
joe@happycrabseafoods.com
GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEHOUSE & SEAFOOD

15657 Hwy 101 S
Brookings, OR 97415

1-800-828-fish (3474)
nancy@smokehouse-salmon.com
www.smokehouse-salmon.com
FISHERMEN’S WHARF

P.O. Box 5969
Charleston, OR 97420

541-888-8862
matt_ledoux@hotmail.com
www.fishermenswharforegon.com
BELL BUOY OF SEASIDE

P.O. Box 680
Seaside, OR 97138

503-738-6354
bellbuoy@pacifier.com
www.bellbuoyofseaside.com
FISH PEDDLER MARKET

617 SW Bay Blvd
Newport, OR 97365

541-265-7057

https://www.facebook.com/The-Fish-Peddler-Market-Newport
HANTHORN CRAB COMPANY

100 39th St.
Astoria, OR 97103

(971) 230-8121
thilton@pier39seafood.com