King Crab vs Snow Crab: Differences Explained!

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Despite the different varieties of crab existing, the King Crab vs Snow Crab are the most common types used in cooking. Both have delicate and tender white meat, yet it’s essential to know how to differentiate between them.

According to these 6 points, you can know the difference between snow crab and king crab:

Snow crab King crab
Size and weight Smaller Weigh 1-3 lb Larger Weigh more than 20 lb
Taste Sweet taste with briny flavor Smooth and sweet with a lobster flavor
Texture More fibrous and easier to separate More tender and smoother
Price Cheaper More expensive
Ease of eating Easier to handle can be cracked just by hands. Requires crackers to handle the crab
Fishing season From fall to summer Late fall to early winter

Choosing which one to buy depends on your budget and personal preference. King crabs have larger and taller legs than snow crabs. However, when it comes to their taste, they are both splendid!

As for their cooking, Most of the crabs already found in the market are cooked and frozen, so it will only take you 8 minutes after thawing them to put your little touch and reheat it. Reheating them can be done by boiling, steaming, baking, or grilling. But I prefer Baking!

Snow crab vs king crab recipe

Snow Crab vs King Crab Recipe

This is a complete guide for all the differences between the Snow crab and king crab, making you an expert in crab meat and their differences when cooking them or ordering them in a restaurant.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 4


  • 3-4 lb of crab legs (either type)
  • ¼ cup of melted unsalted butter
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 1/2 tablespoon of freshly chopped parsley.


  • First, you need to mix the melted butter with the parsley in a small bowl.
  • In a baking tray, align the thawed crab legs and coat each leg well with the buttery mix, then into a preheated oven to 375 °F (191°C) the tray goes.
  • You can leave the frozen legs under running cold water for 15 minutes instead of thawing.
  • Leave the tray to bake for 7-8 minutes.
  • Avoid overcooking the crab legs so that it doesn’t turn into a more chewy texture.
  • Align the legs on a plate with the lemon slices and more freshly chopped parsley on top. Serve with some melted butter and enjoy this heavenly meal.

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