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Where to get FRESH, LIVE crab???

WORX4FUDE Jun 26, 2009 02:14 PM

Aloha folks... Planning on doing an east-coast style crab boil. Problem: I can't for the LIFE of me find any fresh, live crab.

I TRIED SANTA MONICA SEAFOOD without success, although they had just about everything else.

I was wondering if y'all knew where to find FRESH LIVE crab. I am willing to shell out some dough, but I'm not going to buying a gross (a dozen dozen, or 144) or anything absurd like that.

I'm willing to travel about an hour or two; perhaps as far as Santa Barbara, or San Diego.

Thanks, 'hounds.

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    jkao1817 Jun 26, 2009 02:18 PM

    any 99 ranch market

    BTW they were about $5.99/lb last week.
    Spot Prawns $12.99....they were so sweet

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    1. re: jkao1817
      WORX4FUDE Jun 26, 2009 02:30 PM

      I called over there.... and they have THREE types: Dungeness, Rock, AND Blue. YOU ARE MY HERO!!! Thanks. I can't wait!!!

      1. re: WORX4FUDE
        jkao1817 Jun 26, 2009 04:17 PM

        just make sure the Blues are alive....like Tom Swift said. Some of them are 4 feet into deaths dorr.

        They also have Maila clams and shrimp for your boil.....Not sure I would put spot prawns into the boil though

        What time is dinner? :o)

        1. re: jkao1817
          WORX4FUDE Jun 27, 2009 11:18 AM

          The prawns will go in their own separate cooking vessel. Never sucked the infamous brain from a prawn - Anthony Bourdain made it look mighty appealing, though. =)

          1. re: jkao1817
            wilafur Jul 2, 2010 10:12 AM

            the live spot prawns from 99 ranch make for some AWESOME amaebi.

            1. re: wilafur
              rickym13 Jul 2, 2010 10:48 AM

              hmm..interesting. never thought of having them raw but makes sense....

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        disconform Jun 26, 2009 02:19 PM

        Pacific Fish Center in Redondo Beach will do the trick, if you want to head into the South Bay.


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          TomSwift Jun 26, 2009 03:57 PM

          In my experience the blue crabs at 99 Ranch are at death's door, although their Dungeness is alive in the tank. Quality Seafood at the Redondo Beach Pier has live blue crabs that are not moribund.

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          1. re: TomSwift
            JEN10 Jun 27, 2009 04:57 AM

            Love Quality Seafood, they have everything you would need for a crab boil.

            Quality Seafood
            130 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA

            1. re: TomSwift
              WORX4FUDE Jun 27, 2009 11:17 AM

              Yeah... I noticed and grabbed for the feistiest in the lot. The rock crab, however.... well, it rocked. =) Gonna boil 'em at high noon. Poor bastards won't know what hit 'em. Mmmmmm.

              1. re: WORX4FUDE
                MalibuQT Jul 1, 2010 04:57 PM

                So which store did u end up buying the crabs from and did they sell live blue crab as well or just the rock crabs? Im dying to find some live blue crabs. Its been two years since I moved to the Los Angeles area and I haven't found any yet :-(

                1. re: MalibuQT
                  granadafan Jul 1, 2010 05:18 PM

                  Most Asian supermarkets have live crab, mussels, fish, clams, etc. As others have said, pick out the ones that are the liveliest (not always on top).

            2. Barbara76137 Jul 1, 2010 06:57 PM

              When I lived in San Diego a few years ago I got live dungeness crabs at an asian market there and they were DEFINITELY not on death's doorstep! I had borrowed a vegetarian friend's SUV to go shopping and the crabs got loose in the SUV. I almost got in a wreck! They sure were fiesty!! And they sure tasted good as Singapore Chili Crabs! :)

              1. J.L. Jul 2, 2010 09:22 PM

                In the future, if you feel like fresh crab, but don't feel like cooking them...

                Fresh boiled or steamed crab can be had at Pacific Fish Center, on the Redondo Beach Pier! Giant prawn also!

                Pacific Fish Center & Restaurant
                131 Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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                  iano Jul 18, 2010 04:18 PM

                  Hollywood Farmers Market ( Ivar between Hollywood & Sunset) on Sundays. At the south end of the market there's a booth called "Sea Food Fever" run by John Wilson who is a Fishing Captain out of Santa Barbara. he has live local crab and great fish. Have been getting the "California white sea bass" ( sounds better than Croaker) from him.....really good. ( in season through August I think)

                  Hollywood Farmers Market
                  1600 Ivar Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

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