Baking crab legs is a super simple way to achieve a flavorful feast — and it doesn’t take long at all. All you’ll need to bake king crab legs in the oven is a baking dish, aluminum foil, and your preferred seasoning. (We love lemon slices, herbs, or garlic.)
Keep in mind that when your Alaskan king crab legs show up at your door, they have already been cooked, glazed, and frozen. Your crab legs were either cooked directly on the fishing boat on which they were caught in the Bering Sea, or immediately upon landfall — that’s how the fresh taste is preserved. So by the time they wind up in your kitchen, your job is simply to thaw and reheat the crab legs.
STEP ONE: No matter how you’re cooking your crab, the first step is to thaw the crab legs 8-12 hours overnight in the refrigerator. Once they’ve thawed, you can keep your king crab legs in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days. (And if you don’t want to thaw and cook them soon, you can keep them in the freezer for up to 12 months thanks to the glaze we use!)
STEP TWO: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
STEP THREE: Place the king crab legs in your baking dish with whatever additional flavors you want. Lemon works beautifully with the light, buttery flavor of crab legs, but garlic cloves and thyme are a flavorful pair too. Choose whichever your taste buds tell you!
STEP FOUR: Pour about 1/8 inch of hot water into the bottom of the pan, then cover the entire dish tightly with aluminum foil. Don’t forget to cover — this step is going to help create a steam that will keep the crab legs from drying out!
STEP FIVE: Cook for about ten minutes, until everything is evenly heated through.
And that’s it! Take them out of the oven, uncover, and let them cool for a few minutes before you get to cracking. We believe crab legs are best served with melted butter, cold beer and a whole crew of friends.
Now that you’ve got the know-how, ready to give oven-baked king crab legs a try?