Crab Louie Salad and Spud Point Marina

20 Feb

There is nothing like freshly cooked Dungeness Crab, dipped in garlic butter! I also like to make a second dipping sauce from Mayonnaise, Lemon Juice and some Curry Powder. The flavors pair very well with the Crab and a simple shaved Fennel & Apple salad (tossed with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Salt & Pepper), along with some crusty bread, can’t be beat. By the way, family members, please note for my “Last Supper”!

We wanted to cook up some live Dungeness Crab for dinner a few weekends ago, so took a drive out to Spud Point Marina in Bodega Bay in Northern California. It’s just a few minutes north of Lucas Wharf. Lucky for us, Seafood Watch considers this type of crab sustainable and Paisano Brothers Fisheries had a holding tank full of them–being well into the season, we were surprised by the large size of 2 1/2 to 3 lbs. It’s a good idea to take an ice chest since they only have plastic garbage bags, which are easily punctured by their claws, making your trunk wet and possibly having them escape!

If you’re not up for cooking them yourself, Spud Point Crab Company is across from the Marina and serves Crab sandwiches and Clam Chowder, among other things.

We had plenty of leftover Crab, so I made a salad with a “Louie” style dressing (including Mayo, Sweet Pickle Relish, Ketchup, Lemon Juice, Chopped Capers).

Hopefully, we’ll do this again at least one more time this year! The season begins in Mid-November (perfect for a pre-Thanksgiving meal) and runs to June, but it’s best to get them in the winter months. Do you have a favorite Crab recipe to share?

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2 Responses to “Crab Louie Salad and Spud Point Marina”

  1. Dene February 27, 2012 at 9:26 am #

    I love Crab Cakes! I think my favorite recipe is from Tom Douglas, “Etta’s Classic Crab Cakes”. You can google the recipe and I usually serve it with Roasted Red Pepper or Cilantro-Lime Aioli. Your experience sounds amazing and your recipes are so creative. We’ll definately have to come and visit you so we can have one of your amazing meals.

    • Kim February 27, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

      Hi Dene, Mmmm…Etta’s! Will search for that recipe, and the toppings you suggest sound delicious too. Thx for sharing. Would love to have you over when you are around.

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