There's no easy answer to this question - our customers are almost equally divided in purchasing snow crab or king crab. The one thing they share in common is that they are pre-cooked by federal law which makes them a super easy choice for dinner. All you have to do is steam, boil, grill or bake to warm them up for a delicious meal like those prepared in fine dining establishments. Here's our take:
King Crab - Customers love the size of our legs which can weigh 1-2 lbs each and are about the length of your arm. They make an impression for your guests and are big enough to share. First time customers sometimes worry they don't have a pot big enough - but you don't have to break these beauties to cook them. Preheat the oven at 350-400 degrees, places the legs in a baking pan with an edge, put water in the bottom and cover with foil so they steam. Takes 10-25 minutes depending on the size of the legs and claws. You are just trying to get all the ice crystals off and make them warm enough to eat.
Snow Crab - Sweet and salty crab meat that pleases everyone. The biggest complaint about the snow crab is that it's "too much work." Not with your legs! Our snow crab clusters are 10+ ounces each while the ones in restaurants are usually 3-5 ounces so you get a lot of bang for your buck. Our favorite way to prepare is a big pot with a little steaming water, throw the crabs in, and cover. Some like to add Zatarain's Crab Boil or Old Bay for some spicy flavor. You know they are done when the legs turn orange and are bendable with all ice melted off.
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