apr 30 2012

Northern stone crab – better than king crab

Published by at 9:51 pm under Fish and fishing,Seafood

In Norway we kall it Trollkrabbe (meaning Troll-Crab). I may look like a troll with all the spikes covering the body and the claws. I believe this crab is called «Northern stone-crab» and the Latin name is Lithodes maja. It is related to the king-crab, but smaller.

Although it’s smaller it is not too small to eat. I got the crab from a fisherman who had caught one in his net while fishing for herring. He had so much work with all the herring that he didn’t care about the crab. I got the crab and I thought «It looks like a king crab.. maybe it taste like a king crab?»

cooking crabThe large king crab is found further north in Norway, but why not try a northern stone crab? I boiled it for 12 minutes in salted water and then set it outside. When the crab was cold, I served it with white bread and mayonnaise. I have tasted king crab, but the northern stone crab tasted even better. Only the legs and claws are eatable.

norther stone crabThe norther stone crab is also fond in parts of UK and don’t throw it away if you get one in your pot or fishing net – it tastes fantastic! Below you can see a picture of the northern stone crab while it still was alive.

Lithodes maja

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  1. Adam Fletcheron 10 sept 2012 at 3:12 am

    That looks great! Living in Texas, I get to enjoy all of the best parts of the Ocean. I used to travel to Maine and Alaska for work and so to me there is nothing better then this! Thanks for the article. Please visit Matagorda Bay Fishing Guides