I have had a most fantastic culinary experience in the very northern part of Norway, on the border with Russia and Finland. This is the home of the Arctic king crab.
In the mid 1960, Russia introduced the giant Siberian crab to the Kirkenes waters in Norway, as a food source.
These crabs quickly multiplied and now it is a big local and export commodity for Norway.
These crabs are now known as the ‘giant Arctic crab’.
• the nets that are used for commercial fishing
• the commercial fishing fleet in their amazing blue colour
• most ships were under Russian flag
• we decided to go crab fishing with a local, ‘small’ fisherman
• he took us out in a small,wooden boat
• as protection, on the front of the boat there was an icon of the madonna and child
• the fishermen pulling up the crab traps
• there must have been about 30 crabs in them
• the fishermen selected only the large crabs and threw the smaller ones back
• apparently the king crab can live up to 15 years and weigh up to 30 kg, a real monster of the sea!
• our crabs would have been about 3-4 years old, but still looked enormous!
• we took the crabs up to a wonderful outdoor camp which was just on the border with Russia
• we steamed the crabs for about 15 minutes
• separated the legs
• and spent the next hour eating these exquisite, sweet tasting creatures just as they were
• there was no need for any other condiment
• I think this was one of the best meals I have ever eaten!!!