Alaska King Crab
The Alaska King Crab can be found off the coast of Alaska, the Aleutian Islands and the Bering Sea. There are three varieties of Alaska King Crab that are caught and sold commercially - Red King Crab, Blue King Crab and Brown or Golden King Crab.
The Red King Crab is considered to be the most sought after variety of Alaska King Crab. The meat is white with red highlights and thought to be the most succulent and best tasting of the King Crab varieties.
The Blue King Crab has giant claws when compared to the other varieties and has a brown shell with blue highlights. When cooked they turn bright orange red and are sometimes sold as Red King Crab, but their meat is not as flavorful.
The Brown or Golden King Crab is the smallest and most abundant of the Alaskan King Crabs with a golden orange shell and a flavor similar to Blue King Crab. Often sold fresh or brine cured.