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A Guide to Telling Snow Crab and King Crab Apart

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Crab feast season is almost here!

Crab feast season is almost here! Unfortunately, this year, much like last year, such traditions will have to look slightly different. That’s because social distancing is still the way to go. However, small gatherings for a major holiday like Easter can be done with extreme caution. Maybe you’ll have to do your feast (or next crab boil) through virtual platforms like Skype, Discord, or Zoom. Since there are so many different types of edible crab, they can be difficult to distinguish. Let us help you out!

Fast Facts About Snow Crabs

Snow crabs aren’t as tough to crack open. They’ve got a thinner shell, so scooping their meat out is less effort-intensive. You’ll notice that the meat is also sweeter and milder; you get more legs in a cluster, too. Snow crabs are far more abundant, making them more affordable and better for a crowd – at least they were in the Before Times.

Fast Facts About King Crabs 

Meanwhile, king crab shells present a prickly exterior. For one thing, that makes them harder to hold. For another, you’ll need seafood crackers to break the shells open – pulling them apart with elbow grease won’t do it. The meat is firm enough to come out in one entire piece when you finally extract it. King crabs have huge legs, so you’ll more than likely only get one at a time. 

How They’re Similar 

Something that’ll make you happy is that both species of crab yield deliciously tender and flavorful meat. Seek them out at your local grocery store, and if you can’t find them there, try ordering online from reputable markets you know you can trust. We understand if you’re reluctant to try both methods. We can supply you instead, so view our vast menu!  

How They’re Different 

Now let’s talk about how these crabs are unique. The factors that set them apart include size, texture, taste, price, and habitat. The fishing season also comes into play, so be mindful of that as well!


Costas Inn has been a Baltimore tradition since 1971. Here’s to 50 years, and cheers to 50 more! 

You may recognize our restaurant, which was recently featured on the Food Network with Michael Symon on Burgers, Brew, and ‘Que! We were also voted the 2015 #1 Baltimore Seafood Restaurant by USA Today and #1 Crab Restaurant 2014 in the Baltimore Business Journal. You may have also spotted Costas Inn during one of our nine appearances on the Today Show or heard one of our many interviews on WJZ TV Channel 13 with Ron Matz and Marty Bass.

You can enjoy our famous crab cakes in-house or order them online for any time eating. We also provide some of the best seafood catering in the Baltimore area! You can also get your fill from Costas even when you’re not in our dining room: follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube!


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Costas Inn
5 stars - based on 699 reviews
4100 Northpoint Blvd. Baltimore , Maryland
410-477-1975 URL of Map Categories: Seafood Price Range: $$ Takes Reservations: yes
Costas Inn
5 stars - based on 695 reviews
4100 North Point Boulevard Baltimore , Maryland 21222
(410) 477-1975 URL of Map Categories: Seafood & Crabs Price Range: $$ Takes Reservations: yes