A well-made crab cake is pure heaven. But to the uninitiated, it seems like much ado about nothing.
What are Crab?
Crabs are decapod crustaceans They typically have a very short projecting “tail”, usually hidden entirely under the thorax. They live in all the world’s oceans, in freshwater, and on land. Bright or brick red, blue, and various shades of brown, they are covered with a thick exoskeleton and wield a single pair of pincers.
The world’s largest crab is the Japanese spider crab (Macrocheira kaempferi), which grows to 3.7 meters from claw to claw.
The Coconut crab is the largest crustacean that spends all its adult life on land. Choosing isolated islands, The Coconut crab (Birgus latro) is an absurdly large, land-dwelling, bird-hunting crustacean. Coconut crabs can live up to 60 years, reaching sexual maturity at five years. Around this time they also shed their shell homes. The evolutionary advantage is the large pincer. The bigger the mass of the crab, the greater the pincer force. When scaled up for a fully grown, four-kilogram coconut crab, the maximum force would be around 3,300 newtons. While their numbers are unknown, the International Union for Conservation of Nature lists them as a Vulnerable species.
The Coconut crab is the ‘big’ brother to the more common Hermit Crab.
There are more than 6,700 species of crab.
Some crabs live exclusively in the ocean, while others live along the shoreline, some crabs live in fresh water, and some thrive in a saltwater environment.
What type of crabs do we eat?
Not all crab species are edible. However, the most common types of crab found in seafood include Dungeness, Alaskan King Crab, Rock or Snow or Spider Crab, Peekytoe and Blue Crab, Soft Shell Crabs, and Stone Crab. Crab is a sustainable food source, is low in fat, and full of vitamins, minerals, and Omega-3-fatty acids
Where are crabs commonly caught?
How do we cook crab?
Crab legs are considered a delicacy. There is crab mac and cheese, po’boys, Cajun Crab Boils, crab salad, and of course the tantalizing crab cake.
A basic crab cake recipe from the Food Network is a great place to start your journey.