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Different Types of Crabs & Crab Legs

Crab legs are among the most popular items at seafood buffets, particularly in Myrtle Beach, SC. Crab legs can be purchased at seafood restaurants throughout the area, and some seafood buffets even include crab legs in their price without charging extra. Snow crab legs are the most common type that you will find, but in addition to these let’s discuss a few different types of crabs and crab legs that every seafood lover needs to try.

  1. Snow Crab Legs – As mentioned, these are the most common types of crab legs found, specifically in the Myrtle Beach, SC area. They come from both the Northern Atlantic and Northern Pacific Oceans, and have a delicious, sweet taste.
  2. Alaskan King Crab Legs – These are larger crab legs that come from – you guessed it – Alaska. The shells on Alaskan King Crabs are much tougher to break, and likely will require a cracker to get to the meat.
  3. Stone Crab – The claws are the preferred part of the stone crab, and they can be enjoyed either on ice or steamed. The stone crab claws contain a delicious white, flakey meat. Stone crabs are traditionally found in the waters of South Florida.
  4. Blue Crab – Blue crabs are among the most difficult crabs to eat as their shells are tough to break and the entire carcass needs to be taken apart to reach the meat in the middle. It is worth it though as Blue Crabs are a delicious combination of salty and sweet. They are typically caught on the Atlantic coast.

Myrtle Beach, SC is a hot spot for delicious crabs and crab legs, so be sure to try as many different types as you can if you are in the area!