Canned crab meat is an economical alternative to fresh lump crab meat, so feel free to use it if a recipe calls for crab meat. To freshen the flavor of the canned crab meat, soak it in ice water for 10 minutes; then drain and pat it dry. Find canned crab meat on the supermarket aisle along with canned tuna and salmon. Fresh crab meat and pasteurized fresh crab meat must be refrigerated. Fresh crab meat should be used within 2 days of purchase. However, pasteurized fresh crab meat can be kept unopened for up to 30 days after the purchase date and up to four days after it has been opened.
Try this Kitchen Shortcut with Coconut Crab and Shrimp Salad.