Why is crab so expensive right now?

Dungeness crab prices spike due to limited supply

It's a straightforward lesson of supply & demand. Dungeness crab is particularly popular in the Bay Area at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Chinese New Year (demand is high). The local harvest this season has been less abundant than previous years (supply is low).

The crab that is available is meaty and delicious, but don't expect to get any good deals for at least a couple more weeks.