For many years, Alaska's main crab harvests took place in an
intense, derby-style fishery. During seasons that lasted for only days, millions of pounds of king crab were harvested and delivered to processors in the Bering Sea region. Massive
brine freezers were constructed, and the freezing capacities of some plants grew to exceed 1 million pounds per day.
Everything changed in 2005, when Alaska's crab fisheries
changed to an Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ)- based system. Seasons that only lasted days are now open for months. Because of the more relaxed pace of fishing and the
consistent availability of fresh and live crab, many processors in Alaska are beginning to ship a portion of their king and snow crab fresh, instead of brine-frozen. Consumers should
expect to see growing availability of fresh Alaska king crab, at white tablecloth restaurants and high-end seafood purveyors.
Fresh crab is superior in both flavor and texture to frozen. There is a rich component to the taste that is
evident to crab connoisseurs with the first bite. Fresh crab is extremely soft and delicate, with a smooth, velvety texture. It will literally melt in your mouth!
We recommend very simple preparation and serving method. Steam it for 4 minutes, and serve with a dish of melted butter. Once you try fresh crab, you will be reluctant to go back to frozen.
At FishEx, our fresh crab is cooked, chilled to 32°F, and rushed to your door via FedEx Overnight service. Now you can enjoy decadent, delicious fresh crab from Alaska, no matter what state you live in.
Crab seasons are not open year-round, so don't miss out on the opportunity to enjoy the very finest crab the world has to offer!