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Fresh Alaskan King Crab

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A couple of times a year Pt. Loma Seafoods carries fresh, never frozen Alaskan King Crab legs which are cooked in house and available in the seafood case. It is a major cut above crab which has been frozen, and if you like this type of crab, you owe it to yourself to splurge on this.

They got a new shipment in today, Thursday, and it's $25 / lb. We love it cold, with crusty bread and chowder and if fact, are having some tonight. I make a sauce with mayo, a little Sherry vinegar and cayenne to tast, and it's the best.

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  1. The way I pound down King Crab legs, at $25 a pound, I'm sitting at $100 for two of us.
    I just bought 4 pounds of King Crab at the Seafood Road Show at Costco and it was $10.99 a pound..it's flash frozen on the boat..I got the real thick ones and they were excellent.
    I steamed them with a side of melted butter.
    Is there that much of a taste difference for the extra $15.00 per pound?

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    1. re: Beach Chick

      They are significantly better, but as I stated above, at the price it's definitely a splurge. I bought 3 lbs and it was enough for 4 people.

      How about this...buy just one large leg and try it. It'll be less than $10 and then you can judge for yourself.

      they expect to be sold out sometime Saturday.

      1. re: mcgrath

        Thanks mcgrath!
        I'll have to hit it up next time but I will take you up on your one leg challenge..but the ones I buy at Costco are about a pound a leg..maybe because they are a little frozen, you have more weight vs. the fresh Crab.
        I'm going to try your mayo, sherry vinegar and cayenne next time..love love love mayo!

    2. Thanks for the heads up mcgrath. I went in first thing Saturday morning and bought a cluster of three legs that weighed a little over 1.3 pounds, a quart of New England clam chowder, and a loaf of sourdough bread. It made for quite the feast that evening. I found the crab to be significantly better in both texture and flavor over flash frozen. The only Alaskan King I have had that was better than this, was the two times I bought the live ones out of the tanks at The Fishery and had them prepared on premisis in their kitchen. They were amazing, but were no bargain at $250 a pop. Sadly, due to a shipping problem that arose with the suplier, The Fishery no longer offers live AKs. I spoke with the fishmonger at PLS, and he told me they would offer these fresh, unfrozen legs this week again, and then thats it for the season.

      1. I'm going to have to check this out. $25/lb is expensive but it sounds like it would be worth at least giving it a try.