The 2021 Top Places to Buy Alaskan King Crab Online and How They Compare to Each Other

Main image by (mail order crab). UPDATED: September 28th, 2021.

I keep being fed an online ad to buy mail order crab online which I do not mind because I love crab although before I buy, I have to research if dock to door is worth buying online.

The ad I am being fed is by, and from the domain name, it looks like they are a big deal since their domain name is not

The only reason I am considering it is that many of the online sellers claim to be fresher than the grocery store, and one such seller is Cameron’s who claims to be 3-days fresher.

Well, I can’t be fresh with the way I dress, but I intend on having my crab be fresh.

If you want to get the overall gist without having to read much, scroll on through and read the summary in these highlighted fields although the details do matter.

Updated and added additional content on February 28 and September 28, 2021.
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The TOP “Alaskan King Crab Buy Online” SERPS

By the way, SERPS stands for “Search Engine Results Page,” and these are the partial results (4/3) ads and (8/8) rankings on Google (first result is from May 7, 2020 to September 28th, 2021):

Advertised search results:

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The actual search results:

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Photo Description: an image of the deck of a crab boat along with the crab pots. In the image there are three fisherman onboard in their orange survival suits.
This is the image that is conjured up in my head when I think of buying online because I’m thinking from dock to door. Image by

To Make Heads or Tails of Who to Choose, I Looked Up All Their Approximate Site Traffic

SimilarWeb is not the most accurate site traffic analytics tool, but I use it just to get a basic idea where these companies stand. UPDATE: I came back almost 7-months (May to December 2020) later to check on those standings.

  • Company: the domain name.
  • Ranking: based upon the sites listed, this where they stand compared to the rest in terms of approximated site traffic.
  • Website Type: I included this because it helps give a clue as to how up they are on technology and making the online purchasing process as easy as can be. 1.0 means the website is an older website, but 2.0 means the site is optimized for the desktop to mobile devices.
  • Total Visits: the number of visitors the website gets (higher the number, the better) although this does not necessarily equate to sales/business. It is just meant to give you an idea of how successful the company is at driving web traffic to their website.

UPDATED: as of September 28th, 2021, The top 3 sites for web traffic are: #3 Cameron’s Seafood, #2 Alaskan King Crab , and #1 Maine Lobster Now.

(May 7, ’20)
(Dec 15, ’20)
(Sept 28, ’21)
Website Type
AlaskanKingCrab.com2 (Top 3)
2 (Top 3)
2 (Top 3)
CameronsSeafood.com3 (Top 3)
1 (Top 3)
3 (Top 3)
MaineLobsterNow.com1 (Top 3)
3 (Top 3)
1 (Top 3)
From May of 2020 to December 15th, 2020, a new analytics software was used to guesstimate site traffic.

Why Buy From Them (Their Elevator Pitch)

This is the part I put a lot of emphasis on because I want to know if these companies are a family owned business or person with passion, or simply a faceless corporate entity out there to trawl your money.

When it comes to their About Us pages, they reflect their site traffic because and have the best although one of the smallest competitors, will have you rooting for a 100% family owned/run business.

  • “Sourced Straight from Sea to Table. With the deepest respect for families that have spent generations on the water, Alaskan King Crab Co. ensures that the seafood it offers is of utmost quality and arrives impeccably.”
  • Alaskan-Seafood.comShop the world’s finest selection of wild-caught seafood; shipped from Alaska to your door.
  • (EDITORS 1ST (TIED) PICK) “One morning, a crab-lover from West Virginia rolled up to one of our family-owned food trucks in Hagerstown, MD, to buy a bushel of Maryland blue crabs. He told my cousin Pey, who was working on the food truck that day, that he was so sick of paying exorbitant prices for dodgy crabs in WV, and to him it was worth driving 6 hours, round trip, to come get the real Maryland crabs from us.
  • CaptainJacksAlaska.comFrom our family to yours – since 1997.
  • “Serving great seafood from Alaska for over 20 years!”
  • “Located on the southern tip of the Chesapeake Bay, in Crisfield, Maryland, The Crab Capital of the World, Linton’s Seafood has over 30 years of expertise in serving our one-of-a-kind Maryland blue crabs, lump crab cakes and other fresh seafood to our satisfied customers.”
  • (EDITORS 1ST (TIED) PICK) “Maine Lobster Now was founded by Julian Klenda in 2012. Julian grew up working alongside his father in the seafood business selling lobster wholesale to local restaurants and markets. Inevitably, while studying business in college, Julian saw an opportunity to expand upon what he learned growing up. In 2012 he started Maine Lobster Now with the goal of providing people who don’t live near a coast with the same access to fresh seafood.”
  • well not much of anything.
  • (EDITORS RUNNER UP PICK) “100% fisherman family owned business” and they also have a YouTube video which is very nicely done (in fact, they do a lot of things right).
Photo Description: the crew of Cameron's looks fairly diverse although I cannot really tell what their race or ethnicity is, but I would say Middle Eastern and possibly Latino? They are all standing up against a brick wall, they are casually dressed, some in jeans to shorts. Several of them have their hands up in the air, like they just don't care.
Cameron and his crew of runners. Image by Camerons

I Came Back to Edit This Post to Dig Deeper Into the Companies

I love to research the stories behind the companies, and many of the companies below have a good one. Well, the companies willing to divulge it versus a clinical corporate approach.

Cameron’s owns 14+ stores, Alaskan-Seafood and Great-Alaska-Seafood seem to be by the same processing plant, Maine Lobster Now is firing on all cylinders, and Tanners and Wild Alaska are two family run operations.

Company HQMy Notes (TLDR)
Alaskan King Crab
Somewhere on the East Coast
(my guess Minnesota)
The Big Operation. From A-Z, this is how a big operation works from their packaging to packaging tape, website, to their logo, online ads, it is all on point which is why I had to dig into who they are, and I think they are most likely the Fish Guys Inc. (
The 2.0 Front for a Processing Plant: This site is the most straightforward site meant strictly for you to buy online because they make absolutely no mention as to who they are (no branding, just “buy from us”). The only clues as to who they are is that they do state “Alaska time” and their email address is which might mean they are Peninsula Processing & Smokehouse (aka Great Alaska Seafood)?
Camerons Seafood
875 Hungerford Drive Rockville, MD 20850
Taking the World by Land, Sea, and Online: This Cameron dude is killing it, but then again, they have 14 retail stores and food trucks across Maryland.
Captain Jacks Seafood Locker
303 South Harbor Street
P.O. Box 693
Seward, Alaska 99664-0693
The Whole Seafood Sha’bang: They are focused on all types of seafood from salmon, shrimp, black cod, and a whole lot more. The only downside is that the website is an old school 1.0 site, so it is best to use a desktop to purchase from them.
720 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Soldotna, Alaska, 99669
The 1.0 Front for a Processing Plant: This website is a time capsule of the 2000’s from their pic of the rep with the headset, the “Arial” like logo, to everything else, but do not let that take away from you purchasing from them because they are Peninsula Processing & Smokehouse based out of Soldotna, Alaska (most likely the same company as Alaskan-Seafood).
Linton Seafood
500 Crisfield Hwy, Crisfield, MD 21817
“Yes, We Have a Website”: “Look for this blue sign” is what they have on their website about their retail location which is probably their primary focus because this is another old school website.
Maine Lobster Now
58 City Line Drive
Born and Raised in the Lobster Industry with a Background in Digital Marketing: They specialize in lobster, crab, fish and shellfish, but prior to all this, Julian Klenda had been in marketing and doing back-end coding although do not assume dude has no clue about the industry because he grew up in the lobster industry. So basically all that SEO and digital marketing experience he gained only set him up for his role as CEO of Maine Lobster Now which is maybe why they dominate online.
Tanners fish
16050 Sterling Hwy
Ninilchik, AK 99639
Family Operation: No frills website of a family owned and operated business based out of Alaska.
Wild Alaska Salmon and Seafood Co. PO Box 602 King Salmon, Alaska 99613A Family Operation Operating on Multiple Levels: Do not be thrown off by their PO Box because they are based out of Alaska, and this is one of the two small family owned and most likely operated companies out of all the ones listed. They are also one of the few to look as though they are making a wholehearted effort to compete against the big dogs on all levels.
Photo Description: if this pic does not make you want crab, I don't what will because in giant metal pales filled with ice lay a bunch of Alaskan king crab legs. In the pic you can see a number of claws. This shot is by Maine Lobster Now.
All this could be yours chill’n in a bucket of ice, and you just need a buck of butter. Image by Maine Lobster Now.

Types of Alaskan King Crab

First off, it was slightly confusing because it’s not just one type of “Alaskan king crab” and according to, these are the varieties of Alaskan King crab.

  • Red King Crab
  • Blue King Crab
  • Golden King Crab
  • Scarlet King Crab

Alaskan King Crab Legs Price Comparison

I highly recommend that you not purchase products solely based on price because service is a huge factor from turnaround times to shipping costs. Also, not everybody has the same product line up, so the pricing is not exactly and apples to apples comparison although I did try and compare all vendors to the super colossal red king crab legs.

Pricing may start out at $37 a pound to roughly $72, but pay close attention to 1. the type of Alaskan king crab (red king to golden king crab), 2. whether or not the pricing also includes shipping and handling charges.

Company Name and Type of King CrabPrice Per Pound, super colossal red king crab legs$71.66 per lb, giant king crab legs$49.98 per lb, red king crab legs and claws (Giovanni’s) $65.60 per lb (minimum of 6 lbs./$327.99)
CameronsSeafood, colossal king crab legs$66.33 per lb, red king crab legs and claws$39.99 per lb, colossal king crab legs$45.89-50.99 per lb, red king crab legs and claws (Pike Place Fish Market)$94.99 per lb, super colossal red king crab legs$56.95 per lb, +$29.95 shipping and handling, king crab legs$36.99 per lb, super colossal red king crab legs$59.99 per lb, +$10+$6.50 insulation and shipping protection, super colossal king crab legs$49.95 per lb, red king crab legs and claws$47.80 per lb
Also please note that I did not fully checkout with each vendor, so I may not have been aware of all or any “hidden fees” prior to final checkout.
Photo Description: this is a very typical infographic for mail order crab businesses that most of the companies have which shows their process. This specific one is by It depicts an illustration of a crab boat (catch), thermometer (flash-freeze), box (pack), a truck (ship), and a crab leg on a plate (arrive).’s process. Image by

Mail Order FREE Shipping Conditions

If you want to order, the most common days to place an order are MONDAY – THURSDAY.

The vast majority of the turnaround times are same day, and when it comes to free shipping, it is typically over a particular weight (8lbs) or dollar amount ($100-$200).

Company and Shipping Turnaround TimesFree Shipping Conditions
In order to receive your order the next day, you will need to order Monday through Thursday before 3 p.m. We also offer Saturday shipping for a standard Fedex fee.
Get FREE overnight shipping on orders over $200 and/or king crab shipments over 4lbs.
We ship Monday – Thursday. If Saturday delivery is necessary, we are happy to help! Orders shipping Friday for Saturday delivery will require you to contact our Customer Service department to validate availability for your area. There is also an additional $20.00 fee.
All 8 lb orders ship free. Saturday Delivery, Hawaiian or Canadian orders have surcharges.
Captain Jack’s ships orders Monday thru Thursday, not including holidays. We will make every effort to ship your order on the next available ship day after it was received. Orders must be made before noon to go out the following day.
$35 Flat Rate Shipping overnight delivery from Alaska. Good for all orders 7lbs and up. Fedex priority locations $55, Hawaii $85.
From the Chesapeake Bay to your doorstep in 24 hours or less.
Get $10 off (code: WELCOME) + Free Nationwide Shipping  (FREE applies to orders over $199 and depending on your region and the size of your order, under or over 10lbs).
We ship Monday – Thursday. If Saturday delivery is necessary, we are happy to help! Orders shipping Friday for Saturday delivery will require you to contact our Customer Service department to validate availability for your area. There is also an additional $20.00 fee.
Free FedEx Overnight Shipping on all orders 8 lbs or more
Cut-off time: for orders placed over the internet is 1:00 p.m. EST, Monday thru Friday. All orders received after 1:00 p.m. EST will be shipped the following business day (If you need a package shipped after the cut-off time, please call our toll free number. We may still be able to ship it.).
Order by 5pm Monday – Friday for same day rush shipping.
Free Shipping! If you Buy any combo of 8 pounds or more (All of our seafood is 100% wild-caught in Alaska and almost all of our products qualify for FREE OVERNIGHT SHIPPING if you live in the continental U.S.)
Orders placed by Monday, May 11th at 12pm CST will ship Monday, May 11th
To ensure timely delivery, a temporary $35 location fee will be added to all orders shipping to the following states: WA, OR, CA, UT, ID, MT, NV, WY.

Sidenote: both Alaskan Seafood and Great Alaska have the same word for word policy, so they either copy and pasted their policies, or they are both affiliated with each other?

The Vendors are a Split of East Coast and Alaska Based Companies
Regardless of where they are headquartered, with today’s logistics infrastructure, none of that really matters anymore.

Photo Description: another extremely useful infographic which depicts shipping times for Cameron's Seafood. There are four regional shipping time zones with a map of the U.S. broken down into local (yellow), regional (red), central (green), and national (blue). They do not ship on Sunday and Monday.
I LOVE how Cameron’s included this basic infographic because when I buy something, I want to know when I’m going to get it. Image by Cameron’s Seafood.

I Used Prices to Give You an Example of How Much King Crab Costs Vary by Type

This is how much Alaskan King chargers per pound by type to an entire/whole crab.

Type of Alaskan King Crab and Size of OrderPrice Per Pound
Super Colossal Red King Crab Legs (1lb)$71.66 per lb
Colossal Red King Crab Legs (3lb)$66 per lb ($198)
Giant Golden King Crab Legs (3lb)$47 per lb ($142)
Whole Crab, Alaskan King Crab (3-4lb)$250 (whole crab)

They offer FREE overnight shipping on orders over $200 or more, so this is how much you have to order based upon their product sizes.

Type of Alaskan King Crab and Size of OrderTotal Cost for FREE shipping by Product
Super Colossal Red King Crab Legs (3lb)$214.98
Colossal Red King Crab Legs (4lb)$245 (special pricing)
Giant Golden King Crab Legs (4lb)$189 (need to add $11 more)

I Have to Know How Their Prices Compare to Costco

I had to compare prices with either my local market or at the very least to Costco, I mean who doesn’t consider Costco when buying seafood. The pricing is for King crab sizes: 9/12 refers to how many crab legs make a 10lb box. In addition, up to 4 crab claws can be included in the shipment.

If you go the Costco route, aside from buying 1,026 sq. ft. of paper towels, you will also have to purchase at bare minimum 10 lbs. of Alaskan King Crab (about $400).

Photo Description: Alaskan King Crab sizes in this image has a number of crab legs illustrating the largest (size 4/7), medium large (size 6/9), small (size 9/12), and the smallest which is Golden king crab (size 16/20).
If you’re a size queen, the ruler has been busted out for your reference when purchasing from Costco. Image courtesy of Costco.
Brand and Type of Alaskan King CrabPrice Per Pound
Northwest Fish Wild, Red King Crab, 9-12 count, 10lbs.$40 per lb ($399.99)
Northwest Fish Wild, Red Jumbo Colossal King Crab, 4-7 count, 10lbs.$38 per lb ($379.99)
Northwest Fish Wild, Jumbo Alaskan Golden Crab Legs, 12-14 count, 10lbs.$32 per lb ($319.99)
Northwest Fish, 6 count Whole Dungeness Crab, 10lbs.$15 per lb ($149.99)
Prices are subject to change.

If You Have a Thing for Surf and Turf, Japanese (Wagyu) Beef is the Ultimate Combo

Photo Description: Japanese beef (wagyu), the approximate 1" thick steak is highly marbled and pictured on a slab of what looks like marble. In the background is a bowl of salt, mushrooms, garlic, a golden fork, and a green herb of some sort.
Like the butter for your Alaskan king crab, Japanese beef (Wagyu) will melt in your mouth like buttah.

Well, hopefully this helps, and if you buy some crab, let me know how it went. Although if you want to go full baller mode, how about a surf and turf pairing of Japanese (Wagyu) beef: where to eat and buy Kobe beef or all the places to buy Wagyu online.

The Conclusion to My Research on Mail Order Crab Companies

You can not go wrong with any of the vendors above based on pricing/product, but I will be updating this article to test their customer service response times (hopefully by 11/28).

My research this time around is on the slightly lazy end because aside from shipping costs, I would want to know if there is an actual/substantial quality difference although that takes a lot of work and money on my end to find that out. So, I plan on going with either, OR I might just go with snow crab with either ($19.99 which was not in stock at the time of this posting), to Cameron’s ($119/3lbs). Well, whatever I do, I might make some updates on any new details here.


    1. Awwwww crap, looks like I failed with my layout, and I probably have to do some tweaking because per pound, I think they are competitively priced. I’m just not sure of the product quality which might not make it an apples to apples to comparison, along with not knowing how much of what you are paying, goes to the cost of shipping. provides next day shipping of orders of $200 or more, but they are upwards of $60 per pound vs Costco’s $38 (yet you have to buy 10lbs vs. 3lbs).

      1. It’ll be fun to test it out. We went to Delaware on a beercation last fall (Dogfish Head), and the crab there stole the show. So flippin’ yummy!

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