A Crab is a decapod crustacean of the infraorder Brachyura, which typically have a very short projecting "tail" (abdomen), usually entirely hidden under the thorax. Crabs live in all the world's oceans, in fresh water, and on land, are generally covered with a thick exoskeleton and have a single pair of claws.
In the food context, crab refers to a type of crustacean that is commonly eaten as seafood. There are many different species of crabs, and they are often prepared and served in a variety of ways.
Some examples of dishes that feature crab include:
- Crab cakes: A popular dish made with crab meat, bread crumbs, and various seasonings, often served with a remoulade or aioli sauce.
- Crab legs: The meaty, flavorful legs of a crab that are often served steamed or boiled, with butter or a dipping sauce.
- Crab bisque: A creamy soup made with crab meat, vegetables, and cream.
- Crab salad: A salad made with crab meat, lettuce, and other vegetables, often served with a dressing or vinaigrette.
- Crab rangoon: A deep-fried appetizer made with cream cheese and crab meat, often served with sweet and sour sauce.
Similar ingredients to crab include:
- Lobster: Another type of crustacean that is often eaten as seafood, with a similar flavor and texture to crab.
- Shrimp: A type of shellfish that is commonly eaten, often boiled, fried, or grilled.
- Crawfish: A freshwater crustacean that is commonly eaten in the southern United States, often boiled with spices and served in a spicy sauce.
- Clams: A type of mollusk that is often eaten steamed, grilled, or in soups and chowders.
- Mussels: Another type of mollusk that is often eaten in dishes such as moules marinières, a classic French dish of mussels cooked in white wine and garlic.