Know Your Crab

by Oleg Nikitenko April 09, 2017

Know Your Crab

A variety of colors and taste

King crab is, without a doubt, the most decadent and mouth-watering crab available. Seafood lovers around the world salivate over the sight of a plate piled high with colossal Alaskan king crab legs, no matter how they're prepared. Thanks to modern fishing, processing, and packing methods, the cost of crab has been decreasing, ensuring this delicious, nutritious food is more affordable now than ever before. But with so many types of crab on the market, how does one decide which is the best for their needs? We've made this quick guide to help you, the consumer, choose the perfect type for your next seafood feast.

Location matters

You can often find southern red king crab legs in grocery stores, but don't confuse those for true Alaskan king crabs. While tasty, they're not from the cold waters of Alaska, so their taste will be different. As the name implies, Alaskan blue king crab, red crabs, and golden king crabs are caught all around the waters of Alaska. In that area, you can usually find fresh crab for sale during the catching season, making it easier to tell one type from another. The price of crab locally is often based on the color. However, people who live outside the local crabbing areas don't have that hands-on opportunity to see fresh and sometimes live crab. This guide should help identify and evaluate your options. It's important to note that while you'll see names such as blue and golden, the shells of all three types will turn red upon cooking.

The tastiest rainbow

Red king crabs are often considered the very best for flavor, texture, and size, and they're generally caught around Bristol Bay. They're in high demand in the U.S., Japan, and in Europe, and are often called the best crab. Blue king crab is caught around the Pribilof Islands and generally has a sweeter, more mild taste than the red. Their claws are proportionally huge, which makes them very popular. And finally, the golden king crab is found near the Aleutian chain. Usually much smaller than the other two types, this is still a popular and tasty crab. Golden king crab is abundant, which is one reason their price is a bit lower.

Prices and availability

Blue king crab prices are often lower than red, and golden prices are generally the lowest, but the price of crab legs can vary depending on quality, quantity, and reputation, too. Be sure to check out your supplier. Read reviews, find out where their crabs are caught, and ask questions before your purchase. 

Where can I buy Alaskan king crab?

The internet has made it easy to buy Alaskan king crab wholesale, the prices being comparable and sometimes better than the live crab price. Buy king crab online and save time, money, and the hassle of driving all over town trying to find good quality seafood. Unless you live right by crabbing areas, it's best to be wary of any local Alaskan king crab sale. Do you know where that crab came from? Do you know how long it's been sitting out or how it was handled? It's much safer to shop for Alaskan king crab online from a reputable source, such as Global Seafoods. Our reputation speaks for itself—just check out our reviews!

Final words

When researching Alaskan crab prices, remember they can fluctuate based on time of year and how the harvest went. Location matters, too. When you buy king crab legs online, you skip the frustration of location-based pricing while getting the benefit of professionally processed and packed seafood right from the source. Getting Alaskan king crab wholesale from a reputable source, you have the peace of mind knowing you're getting the freshest seafood at an unbeatable price. While you can buy fresh if you're lucky enough to live near crab-fishing areas, you'd still be limited to the seasonal availability, which is usually around October and lasts for a few months. However, frozen Alaskan king crab legs extend the availability of this incredible seafood, allowing for year-round enjoyment.





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