May 20, 2024


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Dungeness Crab Roll – Or Whatever You Do

Pick up the crab pots and launch the boat, you need these fresh Dungeness Crab Rolls in your life, and stat. Like a Lobster Roll, only better, if you are asking me. And since you’re here on my food blog I guess you ARE asking me, aren’t you.

Dungeness Crab Roll Recipe

Back in the olden days, growing up in Minnesota, I was lucky to get my hands on a snow crab leg. Once I did though, I was hooked. Crab is delicious, and once I moved to the Pacific Northwest and got my hands on some fresh out-of-the-water crab, it was all over. I’m kind of obsessed.

No matter where you live, you can get your hands on frozen Dungeness these days thanks for some great overnight shipping options. If you can’t get ahold of fresh Dungeness, any kind of crab will work in these fresh crab rolls, so long as it isn’t the imitation krab you see at the deli counter. Stay away from that business. Far far away.

Don’t skimp on the bun

Even the best crab needs a good solid bun to rest on. We love to use brioche buns for these. Want to get fancy? You can do homemade brioche buns like these ones from Preppy Kitchen!

Dungeness Crab Rolls shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. Please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post for specific amounts.

  • Dungeness crab
  • salt
  • celery stalk
  • lemon juice
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • mayo
  • parsley
  • green onion
  • brioche rolls
  • butter
Dungeness Crab Roll

How to make fresh Dungeness Crab Rolls

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re getting into here. You’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page when you are cooking.


Combine all the sauce ingredients in a bowl. Gently mix in the shelled lump crab.


Put the mixture into the fridge and let chill for 30-60 minutes.


Slice and toast your brioche buns until they are golden brown.


Put heaps of chilled crab salad on your toasted rolls. Sprinkle with some Old Bay (if desired), and enjoy!

Dungeness Crab Roll FAQ

How do you store leftovers?

Fresh crab should only be kept for 2-3 days after cooking and shelling. Eat it ASAP after it is thawed.

Are there any substitutions for Dungeness?

Yup! You can use whatever type of crab that you have available for your crab rolls. Since we live in the Pacific Northwest, Dungeness are fresh and plentiful, and also happen to be our favorite.

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Prep Time
15 minutes

Cook Time
10 minutes

Total Time
25 minutes


  • 4 cups Dungeness Crab meat
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 inner celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onion
  • 4 brioche rolls
  • butter for spreading (optional)
  • Old Bay (optional)


  1. In a small bowl, combine the celery, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, mayo, parsley, and green onion. Stir and let sit for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Gently mix the crab meat and the sauce together. Let it chill together in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes. (You can skip if you are impatient. It’ll still be amazing.)
  3. Butter your buns and toast them in the oven until they are golden brown.
  4. Load on the crab salad mixture, and serve immediately.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 722Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 310mgSodium: 1901mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 66g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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