Dungeness Crab Cocktail

This recipe is provided by VIP Outdoors

After a hot day crabbing, this refreshing Dungeness Crab Cocktail is a quick and easy appetizer or light dinner.

A range of fresh ingredients such as cucumber, tomato, and cilantro are combined in a home-seasoned spicy tomato juice before adding the star ingredient, the crab.

There are a few spicy ingredients including fresh jalapeno, hot sauce, and horseradish. If heat isn’t your thing then these can all have their amounts reduced to create a milder version, but don’t worry there are still plenty of ingredients to give it a rich flavor. 

Dungeness Crab Cocktail Recipe

This recipe is provided by VIP Outdoors.
After a hot day crabbing, this refreshing Dungeness Crab Cocktail is a quick and easy appetizer or light dinner.
Preparation 30 minutes
Cook 4 hours
Ready in 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6 Servings


  • 1/4 medium yellow onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 jalapeno
  • handful fresh cilantro
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes cut into halves
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 1 lime
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • spicy tomato juice or Clamato
  • 2 tablespoons Tajin
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • Valentina hot sauce to taste
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish
  • 2 pounds Dungeness crab cooked and cooled


  • 6 serving glasses


  • Finely dice the onion, garlic, jalapeño, cilantro, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber, then place in a stainless bowl. Tip: If you like the flavor of jalapeño but not the heat remove the seeds and ribs (the white stuff inside).
  • Squeeze into the diced items half of the lime then season with salt and pepper.
    Tip: The lime breaks the onion down so it is not so sharp. 
  • Submerge ingredients in the tomato juice. Mix in Tajin, ketchup, hot sauce, and horseradish. Taste for heat. Adjust to your liking.
  • Fold in Dungeness crab then chill for at least 4 hours. 
    Tip: If using a cooler, placing the mixture in a plastic bag would make it more practical to store.
  • Serve chilled in a glass or bowl.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 195kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 29gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 528mgPotassium: 1184mgFiber: 2gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 1415IUVitamin C: 60mgCalcium: 125mgIron: 2mg

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