The Special: Stone Crab Season

April 6, 2016 /// Food / News / Special Features

The Special: Stone Crab Season

Enjoy the finer things in life? Then you won’t want to miss the proverbial boat on this special season. Stone crab season started October 15 and officially closes May 15, so time is truly of the essence. With the stone crab haul well below the typical yield, it’s high time you made the most of what Florida has to offer.

The Florida stone crab is predominately found with the largest concentration on the east and west coasts of Florida, stretching down into Belize in the Gulf of Mexico. Due to its sweet taste and perfect texture, popularity for stone crabs has risen dramatically. In fact, several other varieties have tried to mimic its unique qualities, including Pacific Rock Crab, Baja Stone Crab, Red Rock Crab and Japanese Crab. However, none reaps the benefits of the stone crab’s warm tropical waters, causing the taste and texture of the rivals to falter. This is why Del Frisco’s settles for nothing less than true stone crabs.

While we’re dedicated to providing high-quality, fresh seafood to our guests, ensuring the sustainability of the species is also vital. During the harvest, only one claw may be removed, which allows crabs to defend against predators and regenerate the lost claw. That’s right: lost claws are not a lost cause. Stone crabs  are a renewable food source.

Another precaution: much like fish, crab claws must meet a certain size in order to be harvested. To be kept, claws must be 2.75 inches long or longer, ranging between small, medium, large, jumbo and colossal. Last, but hardly least, it is illegal to declaw any egg-bearing female crabs, as it is very important they are able to protect themselves. Especially since they produce between tens of thousands to upwards of a million eggs, thus adding to the continued sustainability of the species.

There are dozens of reasons to order stone crabs, a seasonal favorite, at Del Frisco’s. Perhaps it’s the sweet, rich taste paired with the unmistakable texture, or the reward one gets after successfully prying the meat from the claws. Either way, we’re proud to bring you one of the best delicacies the sea has to offer. One you can enjoy any day you please. Until May 15 that is.

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