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What’s the Difference Between Jumbo Lump and Backfin Crab Meat?

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Just like any other animal, we choose meat from different areas of their body that taste slightly differently. In this case, there are four major groups.

While shopping for crab meat on our website, you may be wondering what the difference is between our jumbo lump and backfin crab meat options.  All crab meat comes from the same crab, so how could there possibly be a difference?  Just like any other animal, we choose meat from different areas of their body that taste slightly differently.  In this case, there are four major groups of crab meat that you should know about.  Read on to learn the differences.

1. Jumbo Lump

These pieces come from the joint of the swimming fins.  Usually, an expert crab picker will be able to separate this lump of meat whole.  Jumbo lump crab meat is prized for its delicate nature, its sweet taste, and satisfying size.  It tends to make delicious crab cakes as a result.


2. Backfin


Backfin meat is a combination of jumbo lump meat and special grade meat, that usually appears to be loose and separated.  Its fragile appearance looks excellent in soups, dips and crab cakes.  You could also use this meat to stuff certain vegetables and seafoods for a delicious treat.


3. Special


Looking for the most versatile meat?  Special grade meat is what you’re looking for.  It’s the meat that comes from the crab’s body, which means it’s usually the sweetest.  It goes great in just about every crab recipe there is, so don’t be afraid to get creative when you use this delicious meat.


4. Claw


Self explanatory–claw meat comes from the crab’s claws.  It usually boasts the most intense flavor, which makes it ideal for recipes that call for a strong crab taste.  This could be soup, dip or anything like it.  Frequently, claws will be sold separately, because of their easy-to-eat structure.


Purchase your crab meat today from Costas Inn!


Costas Inn has been a family owned and operated restaurant for over 40 years. We were recently voted the 2015 #1 Baltimore Seafood Restaurant by USA Today. You may have spotted Costas Inn during one of our 9 appearances on the Today Show or heard one of our many interviews on WJZ TV Channel 13 with Ron Matz and Marty Bass.


We were also voted #1 Crab Restaurant 2014 in the Baltimore Business Journal! You can enjoy our famous crab cakes in-house or order them online for anytime 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,Google+,Pinterest, and YouTube!

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4100 Northpoint Blvd. Baltimore , Maryland
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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