Often compared to Dungeness and stone crab, Jonah crabs are unique and delicious in their own right. These thick, meaty claws have a distinct sweet flavor and are easy prepare, making them a great option for crab lovers looking for a more affordable price tag.
If you’re trying Jonah crab claws for the first time, consider using one of these preparation and serving methods to get the most enjoyment out of your eating experience.
Chilled as an appetizer
When you order Jonah crab claws, they’ll come frozen and pre-cooked — which is why our first preparation method is literally…do nothing. Yep, you read that right. Simply defrost your crab claws and enjoy chilled, just like you would a shrimp cocktail. Plus, these claws are perfect for parties: not only do they look nice spread out on a tray, they’re easy to eat while milling around in a crowd.
Warmed and dipped
Even though Jonah crab claws are delicious chilled, they can also be warmed for a more traditional crab eating experience. Simply defrost your claws, then warm by steaming, broiling or roasting for a few minutes until heated through. Once heated, you can dip in one of our favorite homemade dipping sauces. The combination of the sweet meat and flavorful sauce is perfect for an appetizer or a main course alongside a few sides. If you need inspiration for what to cook to complement your crab claws, check out this list.
Mixed in a crab cake
Thanks to its unique sweetness, Jonah crab claw meat is actually perfect for mixing into a crab cake. While we recommend finding a recipe that uses minimal fillers in order to let the true flavor of the crab meat shine, there are countless ways to make a good crab cake. Either pan fried or baked, serve your crab cake alongside some complementary sides or in a sandwich.
On the grill
For an extra layer of smoked flavor, consider throwing your Jonah crab claws on the grill. In order to make the cooking process as easy as possible, we recommend wrapping your grill grates with a few layers of aluminum foil, then spraying with cooking spray. That way, you’ll be able to easily move the claws around for a more even cooking. You may also want to consider adding extra seasoning alongside the grill flavor — either a combination of your favorite spices or a healthy sprinkling of Old Bay.
If you’ve never tried Jonah crab claws before, try one of the above serving options at your next gathering, dinner party or even just on a regular old Tuesday. As far as we’re concerned, it’s always a good time for crab. Trust us: however, you enjoy them, these unique little claws are worth a taste test. Regardless of which method you choose, you really can’t go wrong with these tasty little claws.