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BreezyCooking 09-20-2006 05:16 PM

Snow Crab vs. Alaskan King
 
The recent thread on how everyone enjoys their crab made me think of this.

Lately, I've been seeing lots of crab legs at the various markets around here - frequently both Snow Crab legs & Alaskan King Crab legs. Since I can't remember the last time I had either, what's the difference between the two & which one do you prefer for just out-of-hand eating with melted butter?

amber 09-20-2006 05:41 PM

Glad you asked this question because I have no idea either. I've noticed the king crab legs here lately too. To ask another question, how do you cook king crab legs and for how long? I think the ones I've noticed in our store were already cooked since they were red.

kitchenelf 09-20-2006 09:30 PM

The crab legs only need re-heating. I reheat in boiling water. This helps remove some of the saltiness from the otherwise too salty crab legs. I much prefer snow crab legs - they have a much sweeter flavor IMHO and a better texture - - oh, and flavorwise not worth the price difference at all, again IMHO. Once I drop in the boiling water it only takes about 10 minutes. I have, however, heated a new pot of water because they were still too salty but that happens very rarely.

I think you are noticing the king crabs because that season is just over - maybe? It's brutal working on one of those boats - they work day and night - and some workers don't make it back.

amber 09-20-2006 09:54 PM

Thanks for the tips elf. Your right, it sure is a hard job bringing in crabs, as well as lobsters. I've seen that tv show many time (worlds deadliest catch), referring back to the other thread about how we like our crabs.

thumpershere2 09-20-2006 10:03 PM

We love crab legs and the casinos around here all you can eat buffets. Almost have to wheel me out. Never have cooked them and I see they are really spendy here in the supermarkets.

kitchenelf 09-20-2006 10:05 PM

You're welcome amber. The king crab I had (only on several occasions) did not have much flavor and I much preferred the texture of the snow crab. If people end up raving about them in this thread I will try them again. Also, I can grab an snow crab without worrying about the "thorns" tearing up my hands.

Alix 09-20-2006 10:12 PM

Can I just throw in here that I love king crab legs, but for flavour nothing beats Dungeoness.

buckytom 09-20-2006 11:18 PM

alix, i will have to take you crabbing for blue claws the next time you come east. we'll have to hook up with 'bug in maryland for the best there is.
dungeness are very good (i had some fresh in vancouver and portland, or.), but nuttin' beats fresh blue claws, imo. to me, it stands to reason that atlantic colder water monsters (crabs, lobsters) are tastier than their warm pacific counterparts.

if we get enough, a dozen or so are tossed into an herby tomato sauce for the next day's meal. mmmmmmm, with angel hair it's an unbelievably messy and delicious meal.

getting back to the thread: i agree with elfie. snow crabs are smaller and sweeter, maybe a little saltier. king crab is all about the big chunks of meat, and are still very tasty.

cjs 09-21-2006 07:23 AM

Hmmmm, I have to agree with Alix - Dungeoness beats all!!! (and of course I'm not the least bit prejudiced... ;) ) King is second for me. I like to heat king legs in beer and a few herbs/seasonings.

BreezyCooking 09-21-2006 10:28 AM

Okay - let's add Dungeness here too. Several markets here sell whole cooked Dungeness crabs as well, & those I've never tried. How does one reheat & approach one of those monsters?

And another question re: the crab legs - how many pounds would feed 2 crab lovers? I can easily estimate other seafood portions - fish, lobster, etc. - but when I was looking at the crab legs the other day I was at a loss as to how much would feed 2 people - without going crazy. As someone else said, they can be pricey.

As a reference point, I usually buy a dozen large steamed Blue Claw Crabs for my husband & I, which works out fine.

rickell 09-21-2006 11:15 AM

king crab legs here
 
i like them much better than snow, i rarely buy crab legs in the local
stores here in kc. i have a large family about once a year we put our
combined order in for crab legs about 200lbs and have them shipped from
alaska. they are to die for i have never had better crab.

i still have some in my freezer from our last order. my kids have discovered
how good crab is my hubby and i now have to share.

i have never ordered snow crab from them, the snow crab you get
here is not worth it.

BreezyCooking 09-22-2006 09:55 AM

Just got back from doing some grocery shopping & just walked past the seafood section & boy, what a BIG price difference between the Snow & King crab legs!!! Snow crab legs were $5 & change per lb., while the King crab legs were $10.24 per pound!!! They were also selling Dungeness Crab leg clusters, but the price escapes me at the moment. What a quandary!!

Guess sometime in the next few weeks I'll have to buy a couple of clusters of each, do a taste test, & report back.

shpj4 09-22-2006 02:01 PM

Snow Crab vs. Alaskan King
 
We have both in the meat section of several markets near me and I don't know the difference. The next time I see the butcher I will ask him.

Have a a great day.

Jill and Jolie

Half Baked 09-22-2006 02:24 PM

Maryland Blue Crabs are the best in the world to me. I didn't know there was a difference between Snow crabs and Alaskan King Crab Legs.

Dungeness are what I buy when the blue crabs are too expensive.

college_cook 09-22-2006 11:19 PM

I'm not sure because I've never tried it myself, but I imagine that you could save your boiling water and shells from cooking/reheating crab or various shellfish to make a tasty seafood stock.

I've never had the pleasure of trying dungeoness or blue crabs, though I hear they are both excellent. I have throuroughly enjoyed all variety of crab I've tried so far.

Gretchen 09-23-2006 06:57 AM

I steam them both. Snow are smaller. King are bigger. The snow crabs are on sale here pretty regularly for $4/lb.

Alix 09-23-2006 11:09 AM

Just noticed that king crab legs are on sale here for $7.99/lb this week.

Robt 09-23-2006 06:08 PM

Re:Dungies, assuming a1 1/2 # or greater crab, you should get about 1/3 the whole crab weight in meat. I would plan eat two crabs per person for main course if you and yours love crab as any left over will be wonderful in a salad for lunch the next day.

Gretchen 09-23-2006 09:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BreezyCooking
Just got back from doing some grocery shopping & just walked past the seafood section & boy, what a BIG price difference between the Snow & King crab legs!!! Snow crab legs were $5 & change per lb., while the King crab legs were $10.24 per pound!!! They were also selling Dungeness Crab leg clusters, but the price escapes me at the moment. What a quandary!!

Guess sometime in the next few weeks I'll have to buy a couple of clusters of each, do a taste test, & report back.

In VA I would buy east coast crab and enjoy the sweet flavor of it.

BreezyCooking 09-23-2006 09:36 PM

Sigh.:rolleyes:

Gretchen - thanks for the great "advice", but having grown up on the East Coast & having spent nearly a lifetime personally crabbing for "East Coast" crabs - aka "Blue Claw Crabs", I'm not exactly sure how your "advice" is helpful here. Yes, I do know about & LOVE my native Blue Claw Crabs. That, however, has nothing to do with my question here.

Regardless of where you live in the U.S., Alaskan King Crab Legs, Snow Crab Legs, & other crab products not necessarily indigenous to one's immediate localle are always available. Even on the boat docks of Long Island, NY, where I grew up, crab leg platters were always popular & always delicious.

What I'm asking here is who prefers which type of crab legs & why. Simple.


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