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Whole Cornish Spider Crab

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Cornish crab is the best in the world - we honestly believe it to be true! The Spider Crab, despite it's fearsome appearance, has a sweet subtle flavour, highly-prized among connoisseurs of all things crustacean. A relatively recent resident of our waters, and currently only landed for a short season during the summer months, this gorgeous crab is already a firm favourite with al fresco foodies. All the crab that we source is pot-caught around the clear blue waters of the Cornish coast, and we source our whole crabs directly from small inshore boats.We humanely dispatch and cook the crab on site. The whole crab will be 1 kg live weight and we clean/dress each one for you. Make sure you have the tools to deal with it - if you don't we have the utensils that will do just the job.
Each whole crab is a main course for one person or great as a sharing starter for 2.

  • The Crab are pot-caught and 'Recommended' by the Cornwall Good Seafood Guide
  • Superior source of Omega 3 oils and high in selenium, vitamins and minerals
  • These cooked whole crab are great to bring to the table and get cracking with friends
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Recipes & Cooking

As you are taking the crab whole we recommend you have all the utensils. It is great to present the crab at the table as the centre piece, and then everyone eating can have a go at removing the meat both from the legs and the claws. We will have cleaned the crab, removing any of the bits that you wouldn't want to eat. Be careful not to eat the shell - it is as hard as it looks.

Serve with a simple green salad, some crusty bread and a large glass of Chardonnay.

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Sustainability & Provenance

Cornish Brown Crab stocks are healthy, and all of the crab that we source is pot-caught, which is one of the most sustainable methods of fishing. It is both low impact and very selective, and it allows for undersized and berried females to be returned to the water unharmed. Read more

Customer reviews

Dear FFT, you have a new fan!

Thank you. Had two orders last week. One for me and the other was a birthday present for my cousin Pamela. She called me to tell me that the crab was the sweetest most succulent she had ever eaten! Phoned the next day to say the same about the kippers and  then sent pictures on Facebook to show the fish which she had cooked with  black butter!

Keith Brown, Essex

Top marks!

You are probably aware that I am in receipt of my fish order from you. Really impressed by the way everything was beautifully packed. Looking forward to sampling the Dressed Crab and Cocktail Claws, and of course the Provencal Fish Stew. Thank you.

Agnes Mahoney, Essex


Delighted to receive our combination box on time and it is always exciting to open it and to plan a few menus using the delicious sauces. Homemade fish pie tonight! Delighted to see that you are moving towards ready cooked meals and the crab bake was great for lunch for a single person. We will be repeating that order and I would have thought there was a big market for you in these products, particularly single portions for OAPs who want something to pop into the Aga. Freezer well stocked now!

Alan, Surrey

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