Caught in Alaska near St. Matthew Island and the Pribilof Islands, this species is known for its sweet meat and proportionally giant claws. Pribilof Island blue king crab are among the largest crab in the world. In Dutch Harbor in 1998 I saw blue king crab being unloaded at the dock weighing more than 18 lbs! When they are alive, blue king crab are brown with royal blue
highlights. However, when they are cooked they turn a bright orange-red. This is why blue king crab is generally marketed in the United States as "red king crab". Taste-wise, blue king crab is a close
second to true red king crab. Equally sweet, blue king crab is slightly milder in flavor than red. When it is available in-season, I like serving blue king crab when I am
entertaining guests. They are always amazed at the size of the claws.