What are Russian red crabs?
The red king crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus) is also known as the Kamchatka crab or Alaskan king crab and is native to the Okhotsk and Japan seas, the Bering Sea and the northern Pacific Ocean. It was introduced to the Barents Sea by Soviet fishery scientists between 1961 and 1969.
How much is Russian king crab?
In recent months at Seattle supermarkets, smaller king-crab legs have been marketed for as little as $6.99 a pound, and the large Russian crabs from the Barents Sea have often been featured for $9.99 to $11.99 a pound.
What is the difference between Alaskan and Russian king crab?
“The same species harvested in Russia or Norway is commonly called king crab in the U.S. market. In turn, only king crab caught in Russia could be legally called Russian king crab.” Imported king crab is often called Alaskan king crab, because many people think that’s the actual name of the species.