Cornish Whole Brown Crab
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Cornish Whole Brown Crab

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Cornish brown crab is the best in the world - we honestly believe it to be true! All of our brown crab for sale is pot-caught around the clear blue waters of the Cornish coast, and we source our crabs directly from small inshore boats. Our whole brown crab is available in 3 sizes - Small (600-750g), Medium (750-900g) & Large (900g+ ). This is a 'live' weight and most whole brown crabs lose between 10 & 15% body weight during the cooking process. We carefully cook each crab so that the meat is perfectly moist and tasty, and clean each crab for you. This means that all the inedible parts are removed, so you are presented with a cracking locally caught crab that is incredibly fresh and ready for you to get stuck into. Inside the shell you will find the rich, intense brown meat and the delicate white crab meat waiting for you, ready to eat. Remember as these crabs are whole, you'll need to have the tools to deal with it, that's claw crackers and picks to get into all the nooks and crannies. If you don't have them yourself, we have the utensils that will do just the job. Buying a whole crab can be a little intimidating to the uninitiated, but is such a glorious, celebratory centrepiece of truly local, sustainable seafood, we urge you to give it a go. It can be a little messy, but that's all part of the fun, and the table theatre! * The Crab are pot-caught and 'Recommended' by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust's 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

If 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 shell and the body. 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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Health & Nutrition

Did you know that crab meat is not only super delicious, but also super healthy. Both white and brown meat are superior sources Omega 3 oils, containing 1,892 mg of Omega 3 per 100 g of meat! Crab is also one of the healthiest sources of protein, is particularly rich in Selenium which plays a key role in the human’s antioxidant defence system, and is a rich source of vitamins (particularly Vitamin B2) and minerals. Basically it is a superfood!
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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