White meat, brown meat and roe provide a variety of products.

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Irish brown crab was traditionally sold as live product, however, processors now offer a range of fresh and frozen products.

Detailed information on product formats for crab products from Irish crab processors can be sourced from the companies listed here.

Irish brown crab can be sold in a number of ways:

  • Fresh (live)
  • Cooked whole
  • Frozen
  • Crab claws
  • Pasteurised
  • Brown crab meat only
  • White crab meat only

or as a processed product:

Pasteurised crab meat

Pasteurised crab meat is very versatile and can be used in appetisers, sandwiches, crab cakes, salads and soups.

Pasteurisation is a treatment (usually, but not always, the application of heat) applied to destroy or eliminate any hazardous micro-organisms which may be present. Pasteurisation gives a longer shelf-life to crab meat at refrigerated temperatures as spoilage bacteria have been reduced.

Dressed crab

Dressed crab usually refers to picked meat from larger Irish brown crab, re-packed into shells.