In European countries, maybe people don’t often eat the meat inside of the carapace but many Japanese people are happy to eat the whole crab. So If you have a Japanese husband or wife, they’d probably be drooling over a whole crab at the dinner table.
In recent years, freezing and aquaculture technologies have developed, making it possible to eat red king crab all year around. Whilst it’s not uncommon for two to three year-old frozen red king crabs to be on the market after 1 year or more the taste will gradually begin to deteriorate. Also, because the crabs are very sensitive, they’re only at their best for 1 to 2 days after being caught. This is why most companies that deal with crabs prefer to boil them immediately and then sell them.
It’s pretty rare to get raw red king crab, and even if it wasn’t, most people probably don’t have a pan big enough to cook one. But, if you do have a huge pan sitting around waiting to be used, and you can find a fresh red king crab, the taste is totally worth the effort.