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Simple Dutch Oven Dungeness Crab

To celebrate the official start of summer, our new Solstice Release wines, and the bounty of the Pacific Northwest, we wanted to share a few fantastic seafood recipes! All three new releases - 2020 Skål Sparkling White Wine, 2022 Muscadelle and 2022 Albariño - will pair well with each dish and would also be phenomenal to serve as a white wine trio at a seafood feast! Here is our second recipe in the series…

Dungeness crab holds a special place in PNW hearts — it’s like the ocean’s little gift wrapped in buttery goodness. This West Coast crab is tender, meaty, sweet, delicate and DELICIOUS, all courtesy of the fat tucked away in its shell. 🦀🌊

Steaming Dungeness is the simplest way to create a festive meal that looks totally elegant but is actually very easy to prepare. This recipe starts with Dungeness crab that have already done their time in the kitchen—they’re pre-cooked and ready to party. Just a gentle warm-up with a little white wine and butter, and they’re good to go! 

So raise your glass and your crab mallet high, and let the feast begin. Bon appétit! 🍽️🌟

NOTE: This is recipe two in a three-part series. While each can be enjoyed individually, all three served together, along with some fresh summer sides, would make for an epic summer seafood fest paired with our Solstice Release wines!

Recipe 3: Coming next week

Simple Dutch Oven Dungeness Crab

Serves 4-6


  • 2-4  Dungeness crab, cooked, cleaned & ideally halved (we got ours cooked, cleaned and halved from Costco)

  • 1-1½ sticks butter

  • 1-2 clove garlic, finely minced

  • Splash or two of Muscadelle, Albariño, or white wine of choice

  • Sourdough bread for drizzling or dipping, warmed if desired (we lightly grilled ours)


  • Small, heat safe can - we used a small, empty olive can


  1. Add a can of water for steaming to the bottom of a Dutch oven, cover. Preheat over medium heat.

  2. Once water is steaming, add 2 Tbsp of butter and splash of wine to the pot (not the can). When butter is melted, add the crab around the can, cover, and steam until warmed through - around 15-20 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, in another small pan, melt butter and garlic just until bubbly.

  4. Serve warm crab with warm garlic butter for dipping and crusty bread. Enjoy with a glass of your favorite white!

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