Live, fresh or frozen crab
Crab is a crustacean particularly prized by chefs and seafood lovers for its delicate and sweet flesh. In Quebec, the most popular crab is the snow crab from our coasts, available alive and fresh during the season, and in frozen whole legs or meat throughout the year. You will also find frozen Alaskan King crab legs, seasonal softshell crab and Dungeness crab, and fresh crab meat to make delicious crab cakes!
Quebec Snow Crab
Snow crab available online and in-store is the live or fresh snow crab cooked during the Quebec Snow Crab season, in the spring of each year for a short period of time. We have been working for more than 30 years with the best fishermen and processors in Quebec, mainly in Rimouski and Sept-Isles. The size of the crab offered is the largest available: the extra wide 3L crab, 10 to 12 ounces per section, or 2L wide, from 8 to 10 ounces per section.
Cook live snow crab
You bought a live snow crab, a frozen Alaskan crab leg, or fresh crab meat, and you wonder what to do with it?
If you prefer to cook the crab yourself, for Cooking - Prepare 4 liters (16 cups) of water and 60 ml (1/4 cup) of coarse salt for cooking. Bring the water to a boil and place the crab in it. Cook for 6 minutes.
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Crab is often sold cooked and frozen, a method that helps maintain quality. Since it is already cooked, be careful not to overcook it by warming it. It is recommended that you gradually thaw your frozen crab over several hours, and not to collect the crab if your recipe allows you to eat the cold crab. If you want to reheat it, you can dip it in boiling water for 2 minutes, or crack it and bake it in the oven covered with garlic butter, for example. Avoid overcooking and drying the flesh unnecessarily.
Good quality crab can be eaten very well simply cooked and shelled, with a sauce, and in recipes like classic crab cakes or crab salad.