Baking crab often involves wrapping clusters in foil. Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on June 16, 2010: Nancy, I have a hub about how to catch crabs. Once crab legs have thawed, don’t refreeze them. King crab meat is mild in flavor with a nice sweetness and their legs are things made of legend. With a flavorful main course, choose side dishes that complete the distinct flavor of your crab rather than upstaging it. They flourish even in size compared to the Blue and Golden variations, and when cooked, their color ripens to accentuate their deep red shell. . Crabmeat is very low in saturated fat, but it’s high in cholesterol. They’re sold in clusters with some body meat attached to the legs and claw, weighing in at about a half-pound per cluster (5 legs). Will I be stoned now? Wanderlust from New York City on September 06, 2010: I love crabs! This is a great activity for the entire family, and you’ll love the flavor of just-from-the-water crabmeat. A dungeness crab looks alot like what most people think when they think crab. There are over 4500 species of crab found all over the world- in oceans, freshwater bays, streams and a couple terrestrial, land loving types. You’ll probably only see snow crabs sold in clusters, this being an already spilt and cleaned crab. They also differ in price and popularity, and Red King crab is consumed more than Blue or Golden. The meat can also be stored in the freezer in plastic bags from which the air has been removed. Home > The Difference Between Crabs: Blue Crabs, King Crab, Dungeness Crab & Snow Crab The Difference Between Crabs There are over 4500 species of crab found all over the world- in oceans, freshwater bays, streams and a couple terrestrial, land loving types. Where do they come from? Your email address will not be published. So much crab, pass the butter! When they grow up or gain weight, they have to develop an entirely new shell. For the best experience on our site, be sure to turn on Javascript in your browser. Very useful since i love eating crab and always wanted to catch my own. Well, I actually love all seafood, just published a hub about lobsters. Your email address will not be published. Spcifically Cajun country. Whether Red, Blue or Golden, your King crab will be robustly matched. Dungeness crabs get their name from a quaint fishing village in Washington state, Dungeness, Washington. Required fields are marked *, Cameron’s Seafood ships fresh, 100% authentic Maryland crabs, crab cakes, crab soups and fresh seafood to your door. It’s available in lump (backfin) and claw meat, with the lump crabmeat being more expensive. The Chinese version of the Hairy crab is treasured for the female's roe, which contains a powerfully sweet kick. I’ve spent years catching and cooking crab here in the South. They’re found off the coast of North Carolina, up to Maine, and are caught with traps, pots, hook and line, and bottom trawls. Quite a sight to see. Snow crab, or Opilio, resides around the Alaskan Peninsula and the Pribilof Islands. “Papershells” are crabs that have already begun to re-grow their shells, and they won’t be nearly as good as true soft-shells. Yes, HH! Because the species was introduced into the Bering Sea, it has the same enormous size and strong flavor as Alaskan King crab. Long Red King crab legs will immediately turn your meal into a feast. To ensure freshness for your dinner table, we cook Red Kings directly after the fishermen have captured them. King crabs are the most commercially important shellfish species in Alaska, being not only a way of life for many watermen and crabbers but a valuable revenue stream for the state. With such an array of crab available, your preferences will undoubtedly be satisfied. They'll keep for up to six months. Audrey Kirchner from Washington on June 05, 2010: Holy cow, girl - your arms must be ready to fall off! Include mined or sauteed garlic in your classic clarified butter dipping sauce. Crab is nutritious and protein-rich, but it's necessary to maintain a bacteria-free cooking space. The common characteristics of Alaskan King crabs are spiky, knobby shells and equal leg-to-body proportions. The claw (in my opinion) is the BEST!!! Here are the best pairings based on crab meat flavor and texture: With these compatible blends of flavors at your fingertips, you can confidently purchase the centerpiece of your meal. In fact, it’s near the very top of my list, and I’ve spent years catching and cooking the shelled critters! Remember to wash the shell thoroughly in order to avoid an overly salty taste. Their meat is special and striking, as bright red streaks accent the pure white flesh. The type of crab caught in Russia is often mistaken for Alaskan King crab due to confusion over species. Patterson Watkins is a professional chef with over 17 years of experience. Everyone should have the opportunity to try them. Then place them in the coldest section of your refrigerator, where they’ll keep for up to two days. We’d love to see your friends and family enjoying their Cameron’s Seafood Crabs and Crab Legs-share you images or stories on any of our social pages, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter be sure to tag us @cameronsseafoodonline. drbj and sherry from south Florida on June 04, 2010: Here in south Florida, if you live near the ocean during certain times of the year you can see the blue crabs migrate from higher land to the ocean. These tiny culinary titans are renowned for their flavor, a combination of sweet salinity with the body meat being the most sought after. Great hub, habee! An immature female is called a “sally.”. The Atlantic and Pacific hold two remarkably similar crab species: the Jonah crab and Dungeness crab. The crabs should be heavy for their size. Jonah crab originates in Atlantic waters, but it shares many similarities with the Dungeness crab and can be substituted for east-coast dwellers. 875 Hungerford Drive Rockville, MD 20850   [email protected], Enter your info to see if we serve your area, © 2020 Cameron's Seafood | Website by PackageSumo, The Difference Between Crabs: Blue Crabs, King Crab, Dungeness Crab & Snow Crab. Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on September 07, 2010: Wander, I love all types of seafood, too! The main types of Alaskan Crab are the following: Alaskan King crab, Red King crab, Blue King crab, Golden King Crab, Russian King crab, Jonah crab, Dungeness crab, Snow crab, Tanner crab, Opilio, and Biardi. Because of their enormous popularity, Red King crab prices are higher than its crab competitors. I love the photos! Blue crab claws are also available. However, several factors influence the quality and kind of crab that suit your taste buds. If you purchase frozen crab, store it the correct way to keep your other refrigerator items uncontaminated and safe. King crab is overwhelmingly chosen as a favorite and highly ranked against other breeds. For savory or salty-sweet meat, like Alaskan King Crab, capitalize on creamy and buttery sides. Its natural home is the Barents Sea, close to Greenland and Norway, and the farthest eastern side of Russia has a low population of King crab. With all the crab varieties on the market, sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what to buy. Garlic is the perfect addition to toss in with your Blue King crab. They’re sold live, cooked whole, frozen, and as picked meat. Most refrigerated picked crabmeat is ultra-pasteurized and will keep unopened in the coldest part of the refrigerator for months. They are also a sustainably managed and responsibly harvested seafood choice, according to … These two look identical but show up on opposite coasts: Jonah is found in the Atlantic, while Dungeness is in the Pacific. Males tend to be double the size of the females and are most likely to land on our plates (sorry fellas). Check out the winning qualities, purchasing tips and cooking recommendations for each type of crab below. Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 11, 2011: Thanks, Nifty! Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on June 08, 2010: There are few things I like better, Granny! Snow crabs are found in the coastal waters of Alaska and Maine, and are harvested with the use of traps and pots. Cook the claws before scoring them for an effortless shell separation. Golden King crab is also referred to as Brown King crab, and it's found throughout the Pacific —as far as the Aleutian Islands and even Japan. However, they’re smaller in size and more fibrous than their King crab counterparts. Five One Cows from Moo Town on December 16, 2010: Blue crabs are the beast, right out of the Chesapeake Bay. I would love to try to catch crabs. There are so many of them that the road closest to the ocean looks like it is blue because so many of these critters are literally covering the entire pavement. Do you know and what are our crabs called. Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 10, 2010: Buzz, that should be fine. Veronica Allen from Georgia on June 04, 2010: I'm hungry now Habee. Snow crab, or Tanner crab, is fished out of the Bering Sea and Pacific locations as well as the Maine coast and the upper Atlantic Ocean. Soft-shell crabs will keep up to five days after they die, but they must be kept in moist paper towels or newspapers and stored in the coldest part of your refrigerator. They are bigger and sometimes smaller and blacker than the ones I see in Florida. Alaskan waters house an array of these delicious crab breeds that are ready to be split open for your next meal. These modestly sized creatures do not contain as much filling as the Blue and Red King, and they're the mildest of the King crabs, with only a subtly sweet flavor. Answer: Whole blue crabs, blue crab claws, snow crab legs, or king crab legs. Similar to King crabs, Snow crab legs and pincers will impact you with big taste. We'll send fresh, flavorful crab straight from their habitats directly to your home, so order now! Boiling, steaming, frying and baking Snow crabs all warm their light pink flesh to the perfect point. But we only eat them a few times a year. I loved all the pictures. It's really fun! Granny's House from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time on June 07, 2010: Great hub! Once it’s been opened, use it within five days. The optimal broiling time is around 3-5 minutes. The crabmeat will keep in the freezer for up to four months. Lovely pics! King crab legs have the largest, meatiest legs and are the most sought-after! We get together often for crab boils and crab roasts whenever someone returns from the beach with a cooler full of jimmies and sooks—“crab speak” for male and female blue crabs. I love crab meat melts and crabcakes. The two main types of Snow even crossbreed, which is why these names end up being interchangeable. Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 21, 2016: We've eaten blue crabs from the Gulf of Mexico and have never gotten sick. Your pictures were so good! They’re sold live, as whole cooked crabs, and as picked meat. They’re called ‘king’ for a good reason, they weigh between 6-8lbs. By wrapping the package in foil or paper, you’ll reduce the chance for freezer burn. I wondered why only the legs and claws are sold, until (as I was reading on), the crabs are sent back to the water to regenerate -- I didn't know that before. We love to catch our own and then have a good ole' Cajun boil. We’d love to see your friends and family enjoying their Cameron’s Seafood Crabs and Crab Legs-share you images or stories on any of our social pages. Answer: Stone crabs have a lot of meat in their claws. Shelling or clipping into the outer layer will be easy enough to do after heating. Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on June 04, 2010: I used to catch crabs when I was a kid. They’re caught in pots and traps, and have a sweet and very flaky meat.