King crab sizing
Alaska King crab is marketed, or sized, according to the number of crab legs in a ten-pound package. Legs labeled ‘6/9’, for example, are large and it takes only six to nine legs to make up a ten-pound box. By extension, a twenty-pound box of ‘6/9’ King crab legs would, therefore, have twelve to eighteen legs, while a twenty-pound package of ‘9/12’ legs would contain eighteen to twenty-four legs. Listed from largest to smallest, available leg sizes include: 4/7, 6/9, 9/12, 12/14, 14/17, 16/20, 20/24, 20/up
In addition to King crab legs, King crab broiler claws are popular. The larger of the King crab’s two claws, Broiler claws are scored and packed based on the number of claws per pound. Claws graded ‘3/5’, for instance, are packed 3-5 claws per pound. Listed from largest to smallest, typical claw sizes are graded 1/3, 3/5 and 5/7 per pound.
Wholesale King crab orders can typically be customized based on the account. While grocers and seafood shops will typically purchase uncut legs, many restaurants will purchase Merus portions or have the crab legs scored or split to make it easier for diners. Merus are the most desirable and prized part of a crab leg, located from the first joint to the second joint of the leg. The Merus portion of a single leg weighs anywhere from 2 to 6 ounces.