Imagine my surprise when I learned that cooking king crab legs is easy… it really is.
Actually you are usually, re-heating them vs. cooking them. Crab legs are typically pre-cooked and flash frozen to maintain their wonderful flavor. Crab legs can be prepared at home using several different cooking methods.
• Thaw crab legs overnight in the refrigerator.
• Thawed king crab legs can be kept in the refrigerator up to two days, maximum.
Like all seafood they are highly perishable, and should be cooked as soon as they are defrosted.
Crab legs can be cooked using different methods. Nice to know you can mix it up while you are learning how to cook them. Try them steamed one time then give boiling them a try. See which one you like better.
• Put a steamer pot on the stove and let the water come to a boil.
• Add a tablespoon of salt to the pot.
• If you don’t have a steamer pot then a pot with a wire basket to hold the crab legs will also work.
• Add the crab legs to the steamer and put a lid on the pot.
• You will be able to smell the crab legs when they are done, (approximately 5-7 minutes). It’s a good seafood aroma.
• To get to the meat, crack the leg at the joint; then use a pair of kitchen scissors to cut the shell along the length of the leg
• Pull the meat out with a fork.
• Dip the cooked king crab leg in some melted butter and enjoy.
• Fill a large saucepan half full with water.
• Add a tablespoon of salt to the water.
• Bring the water to a boil, and drop in the crab legs.
• Reduce the heat and finish cooking king crab legs at a simmer for approximately 5-7 minutes.
• Remove from the water and serve hot.
Baked – Chef’s favorite method.
Crab is like shrimp and should avoid extra water when cooking to maintain its full flavor. Therefore baking them really brings out the flavor.
• Preheat oven to 450 degrees
• Toss them with softened butter and salt.
• Put crab legs in a baking pan. Line them in a single layer (do not stack)
• Cook for about 5-7 minutes.
• Brush the crab legs with extra virgin olive oil, before putting them on the grill.
• Place them on a 300 degree grill for about 5 minutes.
• Turn over and grill for another 5 minutes.
• Serve right away… of course with melted butter.
This just touches on the basics of crab. So if you feel inspired to go deeper into crabbing check out the commander of all things crab, at how-to-crab.
I never knew that cooking king crab legs could be so easy. I thought it was difficult and just never thought I could do it so I never tried.
Now you know (and I know) how easy it is…don’t wait, melt the butter and start enjoying crab legs tonight.