Dungeness Crab Mashed Potatoes

I tried these at a restaurant this weekend and I am sharing them with you here today. This can only mean one thing. I absolutely loved them. I loved them so much that despite the fact that I had them for dinner on Saturday night, I rushed out to the store, bought the ingredients and made them for dinner on Sunday night.  They really were that good. And with Christmas less than a week a way now, it might be a good idea to run your grocery store, grab all the ingredients and add these mashed potatoes filled with green onions and succulent dungeness crab meat to your holiday menu. It will be like giving your taste buds a Christmas present.

Dungeness crab is much loved here in the Pacific Northwest, you can find it just about anywhere. From Pike’s Place Market to Costco, to the small market just around the corner. It is everywhere. And I’m going to let you in on a little secret: it’s sweet delicate flavor makes me like it more, much more actually, than its more expensive counterpart, king crab. Sit me down in a front of a plate of hot steamed dungeness crab and I am one happy girl. But add that same delicious crab to my all time favorite comfort food, mashed potatoes, and I am down right giddy.

Dungeness Crab Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 4 yukon gold potatoes (about 1.5 lbs), peeled and cut into large cubes
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 green onions, green part only, chopped
  • 6 ounces fresh dungeness crab meat
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt



In a large saucepan, add enough water to cover the potatoes. Boil potatoes until a fork can be inserted and removed easily. Strain.


Return potatoes to pan pour, in 1/4 cup milk and add in butter. Use a hand held potato masher to mash potatoes. Add remaining 1/4 cup milk if you would like potatoes creamier.


Add in green onions, dungeness crab meat, garlic powder, pepper and salt. Stir just until combined. Taste and adjust seasoning with more salt and pepper if desired.




While I do recommend dungeness crab with this recipe, I do realize that not everyone has access to it. If you do not, just use whatever kind of fresh lump crab meat you can find. Or if you really want to fancy things up, how about lobster? Enjoy!

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    February 14, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Super simple recipe and mashed potatoes are my all time favorite comfort food as well. Instead of green onion I substituted green peppers and it was delish. I love dungeness crab. Mixed with mashed potatoes and I’m a happy girl! Thanks.

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    January 11, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Did I die and wake up in recipe heaven?

    am I going to have to make these for myself and sneak my roommate regular mashed potatoes?

    (crab is expensive in Cali.)

    Me thinks… YES! :)

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    December 29, 2009 at 3:39 am

    i love dungeness carb but never tried it this way…nice recipe.. :)

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    December 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Oops, steamed Dungeness crabs usually end up straight into my stomach, almost quite immediately. Thanks for the great idea though. I may try it when one day someone gives me load of Dungeness crabs and leave me with leftovers.

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    Neel | Learn Food Photography
    December 22, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Thank you for sharing the photograph. Interesting perspective of this photograph. Don’t know if you have more photograph to share. Would love to see some other photographs from this recipe.

    Did you use natural light here or was it in-house lighting?

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    December 21, 2009 at 7:55 am

    OH MY…that looks decadent and wonderful!

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    December 21, 2009 at 7:41 am

    These are extra special taters!

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