A Butter Alternative For Crab (direct from the crab boat captain!)
Eat Your Crab Like The Crab Captains Do!

A Butter Alternative For Crab (direct from the crab boat captain!)

One of the very first years after my family and I moved to the Pacific Northwest, we were invited to a neighbor’s home for a casual dinner. The husband of the household was a crab captain, who went out crab fishing in Alaska every season. So, we were treated to a very special meal of Alaskan Red King Crab legs – our first-ever experience with this magnificent treasure of the sea. What an experience!

The extra special treat came when this Crab Captain served not just the expected melted butter, but proudly showed off his special vinaigrette – perfect for dipping the rich, indulgent, slightly sweet crab meat into. He told us, “This is how we eat crab on the boat.”

SeaBear’s Crab Captain’s Vinaigrette

I was initially hooked by his story, but then completely sold after trying it, and I know you will be, too. This vinaigrette was fantastic. A light, bright flavor that makes the natural greatness of crab POP. I loved that it didn’t overwhelm the crab either like I feel butter can sometimes do (not to mention the calories!). With just olive oil, rice wine vinegar, chopped garlic, and poppy seeds, I was roped into the Pacific Northwest and everything it had to offer.

He was kind enough to share his recipe with me. Part of the rich heritage of SeaBear is our history not just as a business but as individuals. The connection between food and memory is important in how we connect with others, and because of this, I wanted to share this special recipe with you. It’s part of the history of SeaBear, sure, but it’s part of my history with the Pacific Northwest and what I love most about where I live and what I do. This is a recipe I know captures our philosophy of truly making food an experience.

This recipe is available for purchase on our site here, and believe me when I say we make a delicious vinaigrette. In case you’d like to make it at home, though, I am sharing it below. It’s easy to make and easier to enjoy with Alaskan Red King Crab, Dungeness Crab, or whatever your favorite crab might be. Use it as a salad dressing, an idea for vinaigrette dressing marinades, or anything you can imagine!

Mike Mondello

Make Your Own Vinaigrette Recipe


  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 TBSP rice wine vinegar
  • 1 TBSP chopped garlic
  • 1 TSP poppy seeds


Mix ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, 6 TBSP rice wine vinegar, 1TBSP chopped garlic and 1 TSP poppy seeds. Stir or shake well.

Make in large amounts and refrigerate to save for later.

That’s it! Enjoy!

Food to Enjoy This Recipe With

Smoked Salmon Lettuce Wraps
Consider switching out the dressing in this delectable SeaBear recipe with the Crab Captain Vinaigrette. The only addition is the garlic!

Northwest Smoked Salmon Caesar Salad
Move over Chicken Caesar. The Pacific Northwest does up this classic with salmon straight from Anacortes, Washington. Shake these recipes up however you’d like!

Smoked Salmon Veggie Bowl

This recipe calls for a “Vinaigrette-style salad dressing”, so why not try the Crab Captain Vinaigrette! It’s an excellent option that you can pack for lunch or serve at a dinner party!

Switch out the dressings in the recipes provided with the new recipe you just learned! You can also try it over any of your favorite foods. Let this vinaigrette be the showstopper at your next event or treat-yourself meal.