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How to Cook and Prepare Alaskan King Crab Legs


First and foremost, prior to cooking or preparing king crab legs, you should allow for the crab to thaw in your refrigerator overnight. The majority of the processes below only require a re-heat time of 5-10 minutes because king crab has already been cooked by the commercial processor. King crab should be added to stews and soups around the last 5 minutes of the cooking process.

Cooking King Crab Legs

To make a delicious Alaskan king crab even tastier, you need to determine how you’re going to cook and prepare it. There are several different methods available for cooking King crab legs and the one you choose will mainly depend on the taste that you want to achieve.

Keep in mind that the majority of king crab legs that you buy from your local grocery store will be precooked. When you bring crab legs home from the store, you are essentially just heating them back up. Therefore, you should be careful not to overcook them or else they will taste dry and tough. Three drops of hot sauce in butter can really draw out the wonderful taste of fresh king crab.

Below are a few simple instructions on how to cook crab legs.

Cooking Frozen Crab Legs

Most frozen crab legs are already pre-cooked so they will just need to be heated. When cooking frozen crab legs, we have found the best way is to place them in a colander or steamer over rapidly boiling water. The pot should be about one-third of the way filled with water. You will need to cover the pot and steam your frozen crab legs for about ten minutes or until they are completely heated.

Steaming King Crab Legs

When steaming pre-cooked Alaskan king crab legs, simply place two cups of water and a tablespoon of salt in a pot and bring it to a boil. Place the crab legs in the pot on a rack over the boiling water. When the water starts to boil again, cover with a lid and cook for about six minutes or when they begin to omit a “cooked odor”, they should be ready to eat.

Boiled Crab Legs

To boil crab legs, simply fill a large saucepan half full of cold water and bring to a boil. Add a tablespoon of salt and the seasoning of your choice, if any. When the water begins to boil add the crab legs and reduce the heat to medium. Allow them to simmer for about six minutes. Take the crab legs out of the water, rinse and they are ready to eat.

Grilled Crab Legs

To grill crab legs you need to brush olive oil on all sides of the crab legs to prevent them from sticking. Then place the crab legs on a hot grill of 300 degrees for about five minutes, turn over and cook for another five minutes until they are heated all the way through. Remove from the grill and serve with butter or sauce.

Baked Crab Legs

To bake crab legs, preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Place the crab legs in a shallow baking pan in single layers. Place hot water in the pan about 1/8 of an inch deep. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for eight to ten minutes. As you can see, cooking crab legs is not difficult and it only takes a few minutes to prepare. If you have been missing out on having king crab legs because you thought they were complicated to prepare, you can now consider them as being part of your regular diet.