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Understanding The Different Grades Of Crab Meat

When preparing crab dishes, various grades of crab meat are available. Knowing the difference between the grades can be helpful in certain instances. Below are the different grades of crab meat.

Special Grade Crab Meat

Special-grade meat consists of small pieces of white meat found in the body cavity of blue crabs. Food experts consider this meat the most versatile of all crab meats. It can be paired with various dishes, such as salads, soups, omelets, and quesadillas. 

Claw Meat

Crab claw meat comes from the swimming fins and claws of the crab. The claw is one of the most active muscles in the crab’s body, and its core has a distinctive crab flavor. This area also has a high concentration of dark meat.

Backfin Crab Meat

This meat is a combination of crab meat and lump crab meat. Even though it has a different texture than lump meat, the backfin still has a flavor that rivals other types of crab meat.

Lumped Crab Meat

This meat combines two types of crab meat – jumbo lump crab and special-grade crab meat. Lump meat is usually white and tastes excellent in seafood salads. It is the main ingredient in traditional crab dishes and pairs well with appetizers like crab Rangoon and crab bisque.

Jumbo Lump Crab

This style is undoubtedly the most popular and fulfilling among seafood lovers, leaving no room for debate. In addition to its taste, its visual appeal also makes it a favorite. Jumbo lump crab is a versatile ingredient that we use in our very own crab cakes. Jumbo lump crab is also used for crab cake sandwiches as well. Although it is the most expensive, this particular grade of meat is also of the highest quality, ensuring your satisfaction with your purchase.


Costas Inn has been an area icon, slinging the best crabs in Baltimore for over 50 years!

You may recognize our restaurant recently featured on the Food Network with Michael Symon on Burgers, Brew, and ‘Que! We were also voted the #1 Baltimore Seafood Restaurant by USA Today and #1 Crab Restaurant 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! Of course, 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
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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