How to Catch and Eat Oregon Dungeness Crab

Oregon Dungeness Crab is one of the most valuable commercial fisheries on the Southern Oregon Coast and is a unique commodity.  It’s economic impact on the South Coast and the various ways individuals and families can enjoy this Oregon delicacy cannot be understated. You can get a taste of this delicacy at the 35th Annual Charleston Crab Feed coming up on February 9th  from 11 AM to 3 PM at the North Bend Community Center where the Charleston Merchants will be serving up fresh Oregon Dungeness Crab meals, homemade desserts and have great prize drawings!

What better way to prepare for a Crab Feed than to learn more about the Oregon Dungeness Crab?!

Economic Impact

Oregon Dungeness Crab is the highest value fishery in Oregon with $58.7 million worth of landings in 2017. To put that in perspective, the next highest valued fishery was Whiting at $16.4 million. For a small town like Charleston, Oregon, it is one of the biggest economic contributors for the more than 200 commercial fishing vessels that call the Charleston Marina home. It’s what puts food on the table for a lot of families in coastal Oregon. Luckily for those of us who live on the Coast, we get to enjoy the bounty of the ocean from the comfort of our own homes. Visitors to the area also enjoy the experience of crabbing and enjoying their catch.

How to Crab

For the more adventurous, the Oregon Coast offers a wide variety of methods to catch crab yourself. Whether it’s going out to open ocean with one of our many charter fishing boats or crabbing off the docks, one can get crabbing in six simple steps. We invite you to visit the Charleston Marina or the nearest dock near you for a first-hand crabbing experience! 

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Eating the Crab

There are many ways to eat crab. However, first you need to make sure you have the right tools. These include getting the proper boiling stations and crab crackers. The most popular way to cook the crab is to boil it or buy it clean and cooked.

Crab meat is great eaten simply dipped in melted butter or your favorite sauce of choice. However, it can also be used in a variety of delicious recipes. Below is one of the Wild Women of Charleston, Margie Whitmer’s own special recipe for a Crab Souffle. We can assure you, this is one worth trying.

The Oregon Dungeness Crab is valuable commodity on the Southern Oregon Coast and we invite you to enjoy the bounty! Make sure to share your Oregon Dungeness crab experiences with us by tagging @TravelCoosBay and @PortofCoosBay on social media. Also, don’t miss the 35th Annual Charleston Crab Feed, the annual community favorite event that features fresh, certifiably delicious Oregon Dungeness Crab!  

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