What are Opie's crabs


Table of Contents

  1. What you should know about crabs
    1. origin
    2. season
    3. taste
  2. Our favorite crab recipes
  3. How healthy are crabs?
  4. Shopping and cooking tips for crabs
    1. Purchasing
    2. storage
    3. preparation
  5. Preparation tips for crabs
  6. FAQs - the most common questions
    1. How Much Calories Are Crab Chips?
  7. Knowledge to take away

What you should know about crabs

High in the north of Germany they are known simply as crabs, elsewhere they are also called garnet, Leek, Shrimp or Knat. But they are called zoologically correct Sand prawnswhich tells us that the small crabs belong to the large shrimp family.

The small delicacies are mostly traded as North Sea shrimps, which also means where shrimp fishermen make their catch - namely on the German, Danish and Dutch coasts. Because they're so tiny, crabs spoil quickly. That is why they are always cooked in sea water with nets directly after they have been caught on the shrimp boat, thus making them more durable.


Crabs and sand shrimp live exclusively in the North Sea.


You can get crabs anytime.


Of all types of shrimp, crabs taste the finest and at the same time clearly like the sea.

Our favorite crab recipes

Here you can find all the crab recipes.

How healthy are crabs?

For the figure, the low-calorie and very protein-rich crabs are some of the best you can eat. But crabs are also a good choice for strong nails and beautiful hair, because they contain plenty of zinc. There are 2.7 milligrams of this mineral in 100 grams, which corresponds to almost half of the recommended daily amount for women and almost a third of the daily amount for men (1).

The iodine content in crabs is also noteworthy. At 163 micrograms, 100 grams provide 80 percent of the average daily requirement (2). Iodine is often in short supply in Germany, but it is particularly important for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland.

Crabs also have other important nutrients such as vitamins from the B group and various minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and fluoride on board in significant quantities.

Nutritional values ​​of crabs per 100 grams
protein17.5 g
fat1.8 g
carbohydrates0.93 g
Fiber0 g

Shopping and cooking tips for crabs


You can get fresh (cooked) crabs at the fishmonger's relatively cheap because you have to peel or peel them yourself. Peeled crabs can be bought as North Sea crab meat. These are of course also available in fish shops, but also packaged in the freezer of many supermarkets. If you don't live too far from the North Sea or go on holiday on the North Sea coast, you have a chance of getting freshly caught crabs. In many ports, you can buy them from the shrimp boat as soon as you arrive.

Buy enough crabs for unpeeled crabs. If you need one kilogram of crab meat, you should calculate three kilograms of crabs.


Even if crabs have been cooked on board the cutter, they are extremely delicate and should be eaten quickly. Crabs definitely belong in the coldest part of the refrigerator, where they can be kept for a maximum of two days. Alternatively, you can freeze crab and crab meat right after buying it. They will then keep in the freezer for at least a month.


With unpeeled crabs, the first thing to do is to peck hard before enjoying them. For the inexperienced, it is a time-consuming affair, but in itself it is very easy:

  1. Hold your head between your left index finger and thumb.
  2. Use the thumb and forefinger of the other hand to straighten the tail section.
  3. Loosen the shell of the tail part with a quarter turn against the head part and remove the crab meat.

Preparation tips for crabs

Whether on buttered bread or rolls, on juicy, shiny scrambled eggs or with fried plaice: crabs are always the ultimate culmination in northern German cuisine. You can also enjoy the delicious creatures with fine cream soups, on leaf salads or in light vegetable stir-fries, or prepare a fine crab salad from crab meat and mayonnaise.

FAQs - the most common questions

How Much Calories Are Crab Chips?

Crab chips, also called krupuk, are made from ground crab, tapioca flour, salt and spices. They are fried in oil like potato chips. Therefore, they contain quite a lot of calories per 100 grams and are not a slim snack for losing weight, as they are very little satiating despite the calorie density. Depending on the manufacturer, 100 grams of shrimp chips produce 520 to 540 kilocalories.

Knowledge to take away

You can enjoy large quantities of crabs because they contain plenty of valuable nutrients. Especially for proteins, zinc and iodine, the small marine animals from the North Sea are a super good and low-calorie source.