Crabs and Shrimp

Crabs and Shrimp
Crustaceans include crabs and shrimp.
blue crab, Atlantic blue crab, Chesapeake blue crab, soft-shell crab
blue crab
These are found on the Atlantic coast. They're small, but otherwise similar to Dungeness crabs. When they molt, they're called soft-shelled crabs, a wonderful delicacy that can be eaten shell and all
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canal shrimp, kuruma ebi, shrimp, canal
canal shrimp
These are popular in Japan, where they're often served as tempura.
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crab
crab
Eat fresh crab the day you buy it. Unopened canned crab can be stored for up to a year in a dry, cool place. Once opened, it will keep for up to two days if you wrap it well and refrigerate it.
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crayfish, crawdad, crawdaddies, crawfish, craydids, ecrevisse, écrevisse
crayfish
Crayfish are very popular in Louisiana, where restaurants serve them on large platters along with bowls of melted butter. Buy live ones if you can; if not, large supermarkets sometimes stock frozen whole crayfish or crayfish tails. Get the whole crayfish if possible--most of the flavor resides in the shells. Allow one to two pounds per person.
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Dungeness crab
Dungeness crab
Found on the Pacific coast, the Dungeness is a large crab highly prized for its sweet meat.
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Jonah crab
Jonah crab
These are found in the coastal waters of New England.
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king crab, Alaskan king crab, Japanese king crab, red king crab, Russian crab
king crab
These have long, spindly legs and are found off the coast of Alaska and Japan.
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peekytoe crabs, Atlantic rock crab, Maine crabs, mud crabs, rock crabs
peekytoe crabs
These small, highly prized crabs resemble Dungeness crabs, only they're much smaller. It's hard to find whole crabs, but many seafood shops in New England sell peekytoe crab meat.
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shrimp, prawn
shrimp
There are many different species of shrimp, but generally speaking, the larger the shrimp, the tastier. In the US and Britain, large shrimp are called prawns; in India, all shrimp are prawns. Bay shrimp are very small. You can buy shrimp raw (sometimes called green), or cooked. Don't buy cooked shrimp if you plan to serve it warm--they turns rubbery when reheated. Unopened canned shrimp can be stored for up to a year in a dry, cool place. Once opened, it will keep for up to two days if you wrap it well and refrigerate it
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snow crab, queen crab, rock crab, spider crab, tanner crab
snow crab
This is an East Coast version of the king crab.
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stone crab, moro crab, morro crab
stone crab
This is found on the East Coast, especially in Florida. Just the claws are harvested. Substitutes: claws of blue crabs
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surimi, crab sticks, imitation seafood, sea legs, seafood sticks
surimi
Imitation crab meat. It is normally made from processed fish meat.
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