Types of Crabs
There are hundreds of types of crabs in the world, but not all of them are practical for eating. We’re going to focus, only, on the best crabs for eating in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Here’s a quick guide to the varieties of crab to help you catch, clean, cook and make yummy recipes.
Dungeness crab is the cream of the crop of west coast shellfish. Even it’s Latin name, Cancer magister, commands respect from lesser sea creatures. A popular delicacy in all areas surrounding their habitat, they are revered for their tender heart and sweet tasting meat. Many crab festivals are held in honor of this great crustacean magistar, Sir Dungeness. From Washington to California you can hear faint echos over the Pacific of “All hail thy Dungeness“.
Blue crabs are the the hottest thing to hit the shelves in the crabbing world. This type of crab is so easy to catch and full of delicious sweet flavors. It’s no wonder crab cakes became famous as a result. The crab meat is available all over the world and is the most affordable. Check out more about Blue Crabs here.
Snow crabs are the “ladies of the sea”- all legs and petite body. Having a leg span of two feet from leg tip to leg tip they are a huge crustacean. They take their place in their rightful pecking order as Queen crab due to the likeliness of King crabs aside from the pomp and glory. Read more about Snow crab here.
When you sit down to a meal of huge King Crab legs or claws, you have all the riches in the crustacean world. They are the most sought after seafood item and crab fisherman risk their lives every season to bring these crabs to your dinner plate. Read more about King Crab here.
The red rock crab is a pretty tricky fellow to find in restaurants and stores, because it’s generally considered to be too small for commercial crab catching. Fortunately, if you know how to catch crabs or know any friendly sport fisherman, you’ll have a much easier time getting hold of some red rock crab. Red rock crab is very delicious–just as delicious as its relative, the Dungeness crab. Read more about the Pacific’s Red Rock Crab here.
Soft shelled crabs are an increasingly popular treat for many seafood lovers due to their excellent texture, rich taste and relative ease in preparing them. They are renowned for their juicy, tender meat and are a popular favorite among coastal towns and in particular, the Chesapeake Bay area. Find out more about Soft Shell Crab here.