Who doesn’t love crabs? Almost everyone would like to grab a bite. Of course except for those who have allergy eating it, sad for them. There are many crab species that are being ordered and cooked but among them, the King and Snow Crab tops the list. It’s perfect when cooked with lemon wedges and butter.
On the other hand, for those who are not used to buying them, they might be confused on what crustacean they are buying. As we move on, we will be talking about what made each crab distinct to each other from size, taste, price and the likes.
Legs and Size
Obviously, the size is an obvious difference between the two. King Crabs are actually bigger and the biggest can reach to around 20 pounds and measures 5ft across. For its legs, there are specialty stores selling them for 6 pounds, average. Its legs are shorter compared to snow crab and thicker too with spikes. Eating them may be a challenge as its shell is tough to crack. If you don’t want to go to fish market, these specialty stores can conveniently send the legs you ordered at a low price. Finding post office hours near me can significantly lower the delivery price.
Snow crabs on the other hand have these extraordinary long legs that have thinner shells can reaches an average weight of 2 to 4 pounds.
Season and Habitat
In North Pacific and North Atlantic oceans is where Snow Crabs live as they prefer colder, deeper water conditions. The harvest season for these crabs begins late in fall and can last until early summer.
Alaskan King Crab has limited harvesting season and habitat too. They typically live in Bering Sea which is between Russia and Alaska. Compared to Snow Crabs, harvest season for King Crabs only last for few weeks during winter.
Texture and Taste
Snow Crab got its name because when it’s cooked, meat becomes snowy white. It has this sweet and subtle briny flavour. For its texture, it is more fibrous and firm. Flavor for King Crab on the other hand is well known for its sweet and rich flavor while its delicate texture is almost comparable to lobsters.