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If you watch Deadliest Catch, you know that most of the world's king crab fishing takes place during the coldest winter weeks off the coast of Alaska. If you watch Deadliest Catch you also know that king crab fishermen are prolly the biggest bad-asses alive, cooler than Justin Timberlake, stronger than The Rock, and infinitely more awesome than every Chuck Norris reference out there. Just another day on the job includes sub-arctic waters, a turbulent sea and crazy-intense physical labor -- all to put a piece of meat on your dinner plate. And if these guys are going to live in purgatory for a month straight, the least you can do is sample their wares.

King crab is a gastro joy that's loved by the burliest of men and the snootiest of lasses. Its incredible flavor and meaty texture means it does just as well in a salad as in the raw. Cook it yourself or eat out, but either way, now's the time.

Stop by The Boiling Crab, where you can get king crab perfectly steamed in a bag of spices for a delicious $18.99/pound. Or make it yourself... Central Market has King Crab for $19.99/pound, or wander right down the road and pick it up at Costco for $10.99/pound. Once purchased, keep in mind that King Crab is generally cooked as soon as it's caught and then immediately flash-frozen, which helps the meat retain its freshness and flavor. That means you don't need to do anything, except maybe reheat it: Steam it for 6-8 minutes, throw it in the microwave for 1-2, or just eat it cold. Cut the legs open with a pair of good kitchen shears and scoop out the booty within. Then, eat it solo or top with a drop of melted butter.

Thank you, He-Men of Deadliest Catch. We salute you and your delicious, tantalizing, addictive bounty. Rock on.

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