Pre-Shift Glossary

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Crab, Atlantic Rock Peekytoe

Latin Name: Cancer irroratus

Tableside Information:

Common Names: Atlantic Rock Crab, Sand Crab, Mud Crab

Sweet and flavorful leg meat.
Sweet, Moderate Brine, Ocean Flavor, Complex

Food Information:

THE FISHERY - The Rock Crab was once a problematic invader of Lobster Traps in New England. Lobster-men would be overrun with these beautiful Jonah-Like crabs. Bait stealing and filling up the traps before the Lobsters had time to get in. The fate of the Rock Crab was realized when a brilliant market name was taken from local Slang. Peekytoe! From Daniel to The French Laundry, this once "trash" is now a "treasure". have direct programs reaching from Portland to Boston.

THE CRAB - The Peekytoe is primarily "All Leg Meat". The legs of the Rock Crab have a wonderful complex flavor that can be utilized in endless applications. Like most Crab on the market, the Rock Crabs are lightly steamed and picked fresh then packed in 8 ounce units.
Cold, Cakes, Sushi, Stuffing

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Year Round

Range & Habitat:

North Atlantic & New England


Down East


SFS Partnership

Harvest Method:

Net Caught