At Costas Inn, we are all about crab, even in the chilly winter months. Whether you’re getting ready for a playoff game or having friends and family over for a party, delicious blue crab is always a perfect choice. Beyond blue crab, there are many other varieties of delicious crab you can choose from. Today, we’re diving into the wonderful world of crabs!
This Maryland favorite can be found on tables and in crab cakes. Blue crabs range in size from 3.5 inches to 5.5 inches or more depending on where and when they are harvested. They are known for their trademark blue color and delicious taste.
These crabs are harvested from coastal waters, and they weigh anywhere from 1.75 lbs to 4 lbs. They can be any shade from brown to purple and are sweet to the taste. Dungeness crabs peak in the winter months and are harvested once they are at least 6 ¼ inches long. This type of crab works beautifully all by itself or mixed and turned into crab cakes.
Horseshoe crabs look like a horseshoe, which is how they get their name. They are found throughout the Atlantic coast but aren’t a popular choice for food since they don’t have a generous ratio of meat to shell.
King crab has a delicate flavor that works well in Asian dishes. They can get very large in size and weigh up to 25 lbs. Typically, only about 25% of a king crab is edible.
Stone crabs are recognizable by their big, hard claws that are full of delectable crab meat. They are harvested from October to May and only have their claws eaten. It’s normal for the crabs to have their claws torn off and then be thrown back into the ocean to regrow them.
Your Seafood Destination this Summer
Costas Inn has been a Baltimore tradition since 1971. 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, as well as #1 Crab Restaurant 2014 in the Baltimore Business Journal. You may have also 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.
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!