Crab Species 2: Red King Crab/Tarabagani


Tarabagani or Red King Crab is caught in Autumn and Winter.
It is the most coveted of the commercially sold king crab species, and is the most expensive per unit weight. It was named after the colour it turns when it is cooked rather than the colour of a living animal, which tends to be more burgundy.

Red king crabs can be very large, sometimes reaching a carapace width of 11 in (28 cm) and a leg span of 6 ft (1.8 m) [2]. It is most commonly caught in the Bering Sea and Norton Sound, Alaska, and is particularly difficult to catch, but is nonetheless one of the most preferred crabs for consumption.

The King Crab is native to the Bering Sea, north Pacific Ocean, around the Kamchatka Peninsula and neighbouring Alaskan waters.
In Japan it is caught in the Japan Sea and neighbouring Okhotsk Sea.

In Japan 100 tonnes are caught every year, whereas 40,000 tonnes are imported, mainly from Russia!

There are so many way to enjoy this great crab!
Here are a few examples:


Boiled as Sushi Nigiri of course!


Even more extravagant, raw as sushi nigiri!


Just plain boiled on a bowl of freshly steamed rice. My favourite for its extravagant simplicity!


As Chirashizushi should please anyone!


And how about a great soup with miso!

Naturally, there are more ways, including grilling!
I will leave it to your imagination! LOL

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8 thoughts on “Crab Species 2: Red King Crab/Tarabagani”

  1. I love crab. There’s a show here in the US called Deadliest Catch. It’s about the crab fisherman who spend weeks catching these guys on the Bering Sea. It’s one really dangerous job for such a delicacy.


  2. Dear Robert,

    If the country import these crabs , only the rich will be able to afford them LOL! thanks for the info on them. Gosh, when you say their leg span can be 6ft…my imagination works overtime….a monster crab :))) I really enjoy your seafood series! :))



    1. Dear Elin!
      These are not the biggest crabs!
      In Shizuoka, that is the in the Suruga Bay we have the large in the world called Tak Ashi Kani, Long Legs Crabs!
      Will try to write an article on them!


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