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Old 03-09-2018, 11:39 AM
 
Location: NYC
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It seems king crab is non-existent at American supermarkets even at high end markets all I see is frozen king crab legs and no fresh ones.

Over by me there are 3-4 H-Marts that are Korean Supermarket. They always have live King Crabs, for $30/lb it does seem expensive but it's actually not that bad when you compare the amount of meat vs blue crabs that goes for about $12-15/lb and it's comparing a sunflower seed to a walnut.

I always find that soft shell blue crabs is the way to eat and it's less messy and more enjoyable. Eating king crab legs and claws are even more enjoyable the flavor is amazing compare to snow and dungeness crabs.

While I like lobster too but you can't compare king crabs to lobsters, the flavor profile of king crab is just richer and sophisticated.
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Old 03-09-2018, 12:13 PM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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I see frozen King Crab at supermarkets all the time. Usually around $20 lb. The wholesale clubs like Sams and Costco will almost always have them as well.
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Old 03-09-2018, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I see frozen King Crab at supermarkets all the time. Usually around $20 lb. The wholesale clubs like Sams and Costco will almost always have them as well.
That's the king crab legs. I believe OP is talking about the entire crab.

I live near an H-Mart as well. They regularly carry whole, live lobster (during their opening week last year, they were only $5.99 per pound!!!!). They often have whole dungeness crab. I've never seen a whole king crab in that place. In fact, the only place I've ever seen one is in Alaska.

We get soft shell crabs seasonally at many of the fish markets around here.

Cost for king crab legs, depending on the size, ranges $15-$22/lb. Usually at the top end. We get them for special occasions (Christmas Eve).
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Old 03-09-2018, 12:47 PM
 
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Can't say that I've ever bought any kind of crab as a whole/alive for home cooking. I'm simply not a very big fan of shellfish, and don't know anyone who says they are.
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Old 03-09-2018, 12:48 PM
 
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I've been to a few all you can eat crab restaurants and its a chore breaking into those legs to get at the meat, usually my arms get tired of the work out before i ever get satiated on the crab meat . actually my favorite place has all you can eat Snow Crabs on Tuesday nights may not be king crab but just as tough to work on . if in St Pete and you like seafood heres the place =
https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/f71a3...9f3d9a456b.pdf

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Old 03-09-2018, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I've been to a few all you can eat crab restaurants and its a chore breaking into those legs to get at the meat, usually my arms get tired of the work out before i ever get satiated on the crab meat . actually my favorite place has all you can eat Snow Crabs on Tuesday nights may not be king crab but just as tough to work on . if in St Pete and you like seafood heres the place =
https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/f71a3...9f3d9a456b.pdf
I agree - we don't bother with snow crab anymore regardless of the price.

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Can't say that I've ever bought any kind of crab as a whole/alive for home cooking. I'm simply not a very big fan of shellfish, and don't know anyone who says they are.
We must travel in different crowds. I don't know anyone who doesn't like shellfish, except those who are allergic. However, I know several people who aren't fans of regular fish. And a few that don't like mussels or escargot (I always tell them they just haven't had them prepared properly.)
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Old 03-09-2018, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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The "legs" are the only good part, with lots of meat...that's why only the legs are sold! King crab is a TOUGH shell to crack....snow crabs are much easier. Not much meat in the body.
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Old 03-09-2018, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Willamette valley, oregon
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Can't say that I've ever bought any kind of crab as a whole/alive for home cooking. I'm simply not a very big fan of shellfish, and don't know anyone who says they are.
Hi Brian, my name is Tim. I love shellfish! Now you someone who loves shellfish!
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Old 03-09-2018, 05:41 PM
 
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I wish it were that easy.... :/


My main problem is that I've had well prepared shellfish maybe 3~4 times in life. And I've been served stuff that made me vomit Well more than 3~4 times, probably closer to 10~12 times. Even if it doesn't make me sick, it's apparently neigh impossible to prepare and keep it from turning to rubber.

If all sh shellfish were as good as the best I've had, I'd love it.
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Old 03-09-2018, 06:50 PM
 
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I cannot stand crabs, so no for me. No shellfish at all please.
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