Chilean Crab Meat Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Question: What is Chilean Crab Meat


Answer: Chilean crab meat is process from rock crab caught off the coast of Chile.


Question: What does Chilean Crab Meat Taste Like.


Answer: Chilean crab meat has a sweet, briny fresh from the ocean flavor similar of that to Dungeness crab meat.


Question: How do you prepare Chilean crab meat?


Answer: Chilean crab meat is already cooked so preparation is easy. Thaw out Chilean crab meat overnight in your refrigerator or thaw under cold running water. Once thawed Chilean crab meat can be used in any recipe that requires crab meat.


Question: Is Chilean Crab Meat Healthy?


Answer: Crab meat is very low in calories. Of the 70 calories per serving only 5 are from fat. Crab is a complete source of protein supplying each of the 20 amino acids your body needs to make new proteins. A 3-ounce serving of crab meat supplies more than 16g of protein. If you have normal cholesterol levels it is recommended to consume no more than 300 mg of cholesterol per day. With only 20 mg of cholesterol per serving crab meat can easily fit into a healthy diet.


Question: What Is the Nutrition Information for Chilean Crab Meat?




Serving Size 3 oz. (85 g)

Calories 70                       Sodium 370 mg

Total Fat 1 g                    Potassium 0 mg

Saturated 0 g                  Total Carbs 0 g

Polyunsaturated 0 g       Dietary Fiber 0 g

Monounsaturated 0 g     Sugars 0 g

Trans 0 g                          Protein 16 g

Cholesterol 20 mg

Vitamin A 6%                  Calcium 6%

Vitamin C 5%                   Iron 0%


*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


Question: Where can I buy Chilean crab meat?


Answer: If your local supermarket or fish market does not sell Chilean crab meat please request it. You can even share my contact information with them as I would be happy to see what I can do to get them supplied with Chilean crab meat.


Question: How long can you keep Chilean crab meat in the refrigerator?


Answer: Once thawed you should consume your crab meat within 4 days (keep refrigerated).


Question: How are Chilean crab caught?


Answer: Chilean crab are caught by artisanal fishermen using pots or diving and catching them by hand. The fishermen use single line pots and most of them haul the pots by hand. Only artisanal fishermen are allowed to capture Chilean crab from the shoreline to five miles out.


Question: Is the Chilean crab fishery sustainable?


Answer: Yes, the Chilean crab fishery is sustainable. The Chilean government monitors and enforces regulations on the fishery. By excluding large commercial vessels, setting size limits, carrying out test fisheries and enforcing fishery laws the Chilean government ensures the fishery will be around for future generations.


Question: What is the Latin / Scientific name for Chilean crab meat?


Answer: The Latin / Scientific name for Chilean crab meat is Metacarcinus edwardsii. It is the same family as the Dungeness crab Metacarcinus magister

A photograph of workers processing Chilean crab meat.


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