Nutritional content

  • Scientific Name:   Paralitodes Camcaticus
  • Origin:   Norway
  • Quality:  Premium
  • Size2-4,5kg+
  • Processing:  Live, cooked, frozen
  • Main Season:  October to February
  • Packaging:  10kg and 20 kg Master-boxes
  • Certification:   HACCP, ISO

Description

The red king crab has a regal look to it. Its pointy shell looks like a pointy crown draped in a lavish crimson gown. One of its claws are bigger than the other, which could be mistaken for a sceptre, but is actually used to crush the red king’s prey.  

If you want to taste one of the largest crabs in the world, though, be prepared to pay a king’s ransom. It’s truly a luxurious commodity and is almost exclusively served in high-end restaurants. 

And you can see the appeal: the crab is large, with succulent and tasty flesh, that can be enjoyed in both hot and cold dishes. But the ruler of the Barents Sea crustaceans is not a native of the Norwegian north. Actually, it hails from the opposite side of the Northern Hemisphere, and is one of the king crab species caught commercially in Alaskan king crab fishing.

An invasive ruler

In the 1960s, Russian scientists brought the red king crab to Norwegian and Russian territorial waters in an effort to establish a sustainable fishing resource. According to some sources, Joseph Stalin actually tried to do the same before World War II but failed. In the last 50 years, the crab has established a habitat along the coast in the eastern part of Finnmark, and it has become an invaluable resource for Norway’s northernmost county.

“Red king crab” is a fitting name for the species—and not just because of its red hue and great size – it can grow to 8 kilos in weight, with a shell of more than 23 cm in length. Like a king, the crab rules its realm of the ecosystem. Without much in the way of natural enemies, the crab is free to devour all marine life in its path. The highly adaptable crab feeds on bottom-dwelling animals and algae alike, and it has been known to spread along the Norwegian coastline, leaving terror in its wake—just like conquering Viking marauders.