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Trillium Cafe’s Dungeness Crab Strudel

Trillium Cafe’s Dungeness Crab Strudel

Served with Meyer lemon marmalade, this Dungeness crab is wrapped in flaky pastry for the perfect savory strudel appetizer.
By Michelle M. Winner

dungeness crab strudel

Trillium Cafe in Mendocino, California is one of those places that as soon you enter, you already know your meal will be great.  Our table overlooked the garden growing many of the plants and flowers used in the food. To most, that speaks to the care that goes into every dish here.  I love crab, especially the Dungeness variety. I ordered a Dungeness crab strudel with Meyer lemon marmalade. It was pure heaven; the crab was fresh, a little sweet and the lemon was the perfect foil to the delicate crustacean. Trillium Cafe hit all the marks for me, and I highly recommend you paying them a visit for a truly memorable lunch or dinner.  Now here’s the best part: I have the Dungeness crab recipe to share with you.  Just be sure to get only the freshest crab possible from your local fish monger.

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Trillium Cafe’s Dungeness Crab Strudel with Lemon Marmalade

  • Yield: 10 -12 strudels 1x


Lush Dungeness crab meat, Meyer lemon and Phyllo dough create the perfect savory and tender strudel you can taste at “Mendo’s” Trillium Cafe or make yourself.


  • 1 package of phyllo dough (thawed)
  • 2 lbs of fresh Dungeness Crab Meat
  • 1 cup Onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Celery (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • salt & pepper
  • Store bought or homemade Meyer Lemon Marmalade


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Sauté onions and celery for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Add spices and sauté another minute.
  4. Let cool.
  5. Place crab, onion, celery and spices in a bowl with remaining ingredients, combine.
  6. Lay out 3 sheets of phyllo dough, brush each individual sheet with melted butter, layering them until you have 3 or 4 layers of phyllo dough.
  7. Place 1/2 cup filling in dough, and fold ends in, and roll up like a burrito.
  8. Bake for 12 minutes, or until the top is lightly brown. Slice and serve.
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: California


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