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How to: Dress a Cromer crab

PUBLISHED: 06:00 30 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:54 30 April 2018

Step-by-step guide to dressing a crab. STEP 1.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Step-by-step guide to dressing a crab. STEP 1. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

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Ever wondered how you could serve up the delicacy of Cromer?

Step-by-step guide to dressing a crab. STEP 10.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY
Step-by-step guide to dressing a crab. STEP 10. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Well now you can, thanks to this step-by-step guide on how to dress a crab like the locals.

Whether you’re in Cromer and want to have a go yourself, or you visit the town and want a taste of the coast, this guide has you covered.

Let us know how you find the guide, and don’t forget to post your pictures into the Enjoy Cromer More Facebook group!

Step-by-step guide to dressing a crab. STEP 10.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY
Step-by-step guide to dressing a crab. STEP 10. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Here’s how to do it:

1 Take the claws off (and throw the legs away)

2 Take the “shickle” - the underbody which can also be called the boat or cart - off the bottom

3 Break and remove the side parts of shell

Step-by-step guide to dressing a crab. STEP 10.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY
Step-by-step guide to dressing a crab. STEP 10. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

4 Pull out, and throw away, the mouthpiece and organs (which include the Dead Men’s Fingers lungs)

5 With a knife turn the meat over in the shell and pat it down again

6 Take the brown meat from the shickle with a knife and place it in the shell

7 Take the remaining leg tops out of the shickle, remove the meat with the end of a spoon and add meat to shell

Step-by-step guide to dressing a crab. STEP 5.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY
Step-by-step guide to dressing a crab. STEP 5. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

8 Cut the shickle into three pieces

9 Pick the meat out with the end of spoon and put on top of shell

10 Break the claw arms in half and put meat into shell

11 Smash claws with the knife handle and remove the meat on each side using the blunt side of the blade

Step-by-step guide to dressing a crab. STEP 10.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY
Step-by-step guide to dressing a crab. STEP 10. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

12 Add the reddish claw meat to top of the dressed crab as a finishing touch

13 Take the meat from the claw “knuckle” using the spoon handle and add to finished crab

14 Enjoy eating it (with a squeeze of lemon, some brown bread and butter and mayonnaise).

Step-by-step guide to dressing a crab. STEP 10.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY
Step-by-step guide to dressing a crab. STEP 10. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Step-by-step guide to dressing a crab. STEP 10.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY
Step-by-step guide to dressing a crab. STEP 10. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Step-by-step guide to dressing a crab. STEP 9.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY
Step-by-step guide to dressing a crab. STEP 9. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Step-by-step guide to dressing a crab. STEP 10.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY
Step-by-step guide to dressing a crab. STEP 10. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Step-by-step guide to dressing a crab. STEP 10.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY
Step-by-step guide to dressing a crab. STEP 10. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Step-by-step guide to dressing a crab. STEP 10.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY
Step-by-step guide to dressing a crab. STEP 10. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Step-by-step guide to dressing a crab. STEP 10.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY
Step-by-step guide to dressing a crab. STEP 10. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Step-by-step guide to dressing a crab. Finished crab.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY
Step-by-step guide to dressing a crab. Finished crab. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

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