All Hail the King – The Russian Kamchatka King Crab, That Is

There’s no denying the popularity of crab on today’s menus. They’re served up in any number of ways, from legs ready to be cracked and dipped in butter to salads, and even pitas and pastas. However, while there are numerous crab species eaten around the world, there’s only one king – the Kamchatka king crab, also known as the Alaskan king crab and the red king crab.

Native to the waters of the arctic, this crab can grow to truly prodigious sizes, and is highly sought after for its sweet, succulent meant, which offers a delectable flavour and firm yet yielding texture. At Kingdom Fine Foods, we offer only the freshest, most succulent king crab, ready for your dining pleasure, whether you intend to eat it in a traditional way (with butter and lemon), or you’re interested in exploring new ways to enjoy this delectable treat.

 

Only the Real Thing

You’ll find king crab sold around the world, with the meat bringing in quite a sum in many areas. However, it’s crucial to note that not all king crabs are created equal. There are actually three different species of “king crab” that live in the waters off the Kamchatka Peninsula, in the Sea of Okhotsk, throughout the Bering Sea, and off the coast of Alaska.

However, only one of those is actually the king of kings – the red king crab. The other two species are smaller, less flavourful, and, while they’re sold with names that might make you think you’re getting the real thing, you’re not.

Red/Kamchatka King Crab: The largest of the three primary king crab species fished in Alaskan/Russian arctic waters, the Kamchatka king crab can grow to truly massive sizes. A mature adult can measure over two meters from claw tip to claw tip, and some can weigh up to 15 or even 20 pounds. While the shell of this crab is a burgundy colour, the name comes from the colour the crab turns after it cooks – a bright, vibrant red, similar to that of a lobster. As previously mentioned, this crab can be sold under a number of names commercially, including:

  • Red king crab
  • King crab
  • Kamchatka king crab
  • Alaskan king crab

Blue King Crab: Blue crabs are not blue, really. They simply have blue undertones in the shell. They’re smaller than the Kamchatka/red king crab, but larger than the golden king crab. Blue king crabs can sometimes reach similar weights as red king crabs (the largest of them can sometimes reach 18 pounds). Blue king crabs are generally sold under the name ‘king crab’ only.

Golden King Crab: The smallest of the king crab species regularly harvested in arctic waters, the golden king crab is actually a brownish colour. They rarely reach weights over eight pounds. As with blue king crabs, golden king crabs are usually described as “king crab” when sold commercially.

 

Where Are King Crabs Found?

The native habitat of the Kamchatka king crab is in the waters around the Kamchatka Peninsula, as well as across the Bering Sea along the shores of Alaska. Many king crabs are caught wild each year, harvested from their homes on the floor of the sea. However, modern crab fisheries and farms are becoming more common, allowing these crabs to be sustainably grown in protected environments.

It is important to note that while they are not native to the area, the red king crab was introduced to the Barents Sea area during the 1960s by the Russian government. The idea was to provide a supplemental source of food for residents in the arctic area. Initial efforts failed, but eventually a sustained population was created.

However, they have since become a nuisance, and the population has grown into the millions of individuals. Because these crabs have no natural predators in the area, they have begun to threaten fish species, including important species prized for their roe, such as the capelin. Currently, there are no efforts underway to reduce this burgeoning population, despite the potential threat to the food chain.

 

What Does King Crab Taste Like?

If you’ve never had the opportunity to savour the taste of king crab previously, understand that it is unlike any other type of crab you may have eaten previously, particularly those found around European shores, or the eastern coast of the US. The meat itself is mildly sweet, and much more tender than other crab species. The texture is also different – more delicate than most other types of crab. These are just a few of the reasons that the Kamchatka king crab is so highly sought after.

 

What About Nutrition?

While many types of meat are demonstrably bad for your health, crab meat, and king crab meat in particular, has much less of an impact. At just 84 calories per 100 grams, it’s definitely a low-calorie option. However, that doesn’t equate to low taste. You’ll also find that the meat is low in fat and that it contains higher concentrations of protein, making it an excellent alternative to beef, pork or chicken. Use it as the main attraction for your meal, or as an accent or accompaniment to something else.

 

How Is King Crab Prepared and Served?

Here at Kingdom Fine Foods, we strive to ensure that you always have access to the finest and freshest foods and spices. Our Kamchatka king crab is harvested from the icy arctic waters of the Sea of Okhotsk and the Bering Sea, and guaranteed to be of the highest quality and ultimate freshness. It’s also one of the simplest of foods to prepare and serve.

Kamchatka king crab can be warmed and served by itself – a dash of lemon juice or a quick dip into melted butter is usually all that’s needed to unleash the sweet and delicate flavour of this popular crustacean. However, you can prepare it in numerous other ways, a well. Consider grilling it or steaming it, or it can easily be chopped and added to a stew, to your favourite pasta dish and more. It’s becoming a very popular option for non-traditional dishes, as well – pita wraps and tacos or burritos are just the tip of the iceberg here.

Note that our Kamchatka king crab is never frozen, but it is cooked during the packaging process. This means that there is no need to cook it for more than a few minutes. It simply needs to be warmed in order to enjoy all the delicious flavour offered by red king crab meat. There is also no shell to crack and remove – we’ve done all the hard work for you, so there’s nothing left to do but savour the experience.

 

Delve into Delicious Bliss

If you’re ready to delve into the delicious, delicate bliss that is Kamchatka king crab, we welcome you. Our king crab is jarred in a way that preserves its freshness and quality, ensuring that you experience the delectable delight you deserve. Whether you’re interested in dipping the meat in butter, or adding it to pasta or a risotto, we think you’ll love the experience. We also invite you to contact us if you have any questions concerning our king crab, or our other fine foods and spices.