Watching the crab boats cruising up and down the coast gave us a hankering for fresh crab. So this morning we headed down the peninsula hoping to find crabs in Ilwaco or at the historic fishing village of Chinook, Washington.
Alas, Jesse’s Seafood, the Long Beach Peninsula’s old-line fish market in Ilwaco, went into receivership some time ago for reasons unrelated to the pandemic.
There are two other seafood markets in Ilwaco, but both were closed today.
Hence, we headed to Chinook where, to our delight, the Linda Brand crab market was open. We’ve passed their stand at the Saturday Farmers’ Market at Portland State University many times without buying anything, but we’ve always said we wanted to shop at the store at their home port.
There was no need to worry about staying six feet from other people. We were the only ones there except for the fishmonger.
Prices varied from $4.99 per pound for whole tuna to $43 per pound for crab meat.
The fish guy came back with two big cooked Dungeness crabs (Metacarcinus magister), which are now in the fridge awaiting tonight’s feast.
Inexplicably, I forgot to bring the crab utensils when we packed for our exodus to the beach, so tonight we’ll use hammers to break the exoskeleton and crab claws to tease out the crab meat.