Many folks ask why our king crab is pre-cooked. Here’s the simple answer: our method preserves the freshness of each catch — so fresh you’ll feel like you’re on a dock in Alaska enjoying the best of a just-off-the-boat king crab dinner.
There’s quite a process required of the team, and here’s how it’s done:
- The fishing crew catches the king crab.
- Next, they store the catches in the live wells of the boats. As the name implies, the live wells keep the crabs alive on their journey to shore.
- Once in the facility, they separate the legs from the crab's body to create clusters, scrub everything off, and lay them into mesh pots.
- To cook the crab, they lower them into a boiling vat of saltwater, which gives the shells their famous red/orange color.
- After the boiling process concludes, they rinse the crabs with cold fresh water to prevent them from overcooking.
- Next, they dip them into a saltwater glaze to prevent freezer burn.
- To lock in all the natural flavor and texture, they place the king crab in a freezer at extremely low temperatures to flash-freeze the clusters.
- Lastly, the king crab legs are prepped for fulfillment. We package the clusters by weight range and store them in a state-of-the-art frozen facility.
- Once you place an order, it’s go-time for our fulfillment team. Each order is packaged with dry ice to maintain frozen temperatures throughout the shipping journey.
- When your Alaskan King Crab Co. box arrives on your doorstep, carefully dispose of the dry ice and place the frozen king crab and seafood in your freezer. Or, if you’re ready to dig in, let it thaw in the refrigerator for several hours before preparation.
As you can see, it’s quite a journey! One filled with natural solutions, delicious flavor, and some of the largest crab legs you’ve ever seen on the table.
Want to try them for yourself? Go ahead and claim your catch!