Dungeness Crab Buns

dungeness crab buns kantine skagenrore

Just a few weeks ago, I used crabmeat to make a scrumptious twist on a Swedish shellfish salad called Skagenrøre.

The traditional recipe is a creamy medley of assorted cooked shellfish, mayonnaise and fresh dill; sometimes lemon zest, grated horseradish and dijon mustard are added for zing. A mound of the mixture is wonderful atop a crispy green salad, a slice of rye bread, or, in my version, as a filling for toasted hot dog buns.

  • Author: Nichole Accettola
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Sandwiches
  • Cuisine: Scandanavian



For the mayonnaise

  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 113 cups neutral vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper

editor’s note: ok to substitute store-bought mayo

For the Crab buns

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 4 homemade or good-quality hot dog buns
  • 4 ounces pickled radishes (see recipe)
  • 12 ounces Dungeness crabmeat, cooked, shelled and as intact as possible
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ bunch fennel fronds (or fresh dill)

For the pickled radishes

  • 1 lb radishes, stems removed, washed thoroughly
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar


1. Make the mayonnaise: In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment, combine the yolk and mustard. Process until the mixture is combined well. Add a few drops of lemon juice and then, with the processor still running, slowly add the oil until completely combined. Add the rest of the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
2. Avocado: Halve each avocado and remove the pits. Using a large spoon, scoop the flesh out gently and slice each half into ¼”–thick slices.
3. Preheat broiler. Toast buns on both sides until golden brown.
4. Buns: Spread approximately 2 tablespoons mayonnaise on each bun. (Leftover mayonnaise will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 4 days.) Cover one side of each bun with avocado slices, one half per bun.
5. Assemble: Top the avocado with a layer of (drained) pickled radishes. Clutch each bun slightly and place side by side. Distribute the crabmeat equally among the buns. Sprinkle with lemon zest and juice, salt and pepper, and garnish with fennel fronds. Serve immediately.

Pickled Radish: Slice the radishes into ¼”– thick disks. In a non reactive saucepan, bring the remaining ingredients to a boil. Put the radishes in a clean glass jar and pour the hot liquid over them. Cover and let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate.


Keywords: dungeness crab