May 30, 2021

How to Cook King Crab Legs

cooking king crab legsCooking and preparing King Crab legs is a simple process for most recipes. This type of crab is one of the top choices for those who love crab meat. Common preparation methods include steaming, grilling, boiling and baking. Crab from Alaska is cooked as it is being processed and frozen at the seafood plants. All that is really needed before eating is to heat the meat. The most simple preparation is to steam the legs until heated and then serve with warm drawn butter. This is the traditional way to cook this seafood and is simply delicious. The adventurous chefs may also learn how to prepare various crab recipes and cooking techniques so as to really experience everything that this seafood delicacy has to offer.

King Crab

These seafood species come from the waters of Alaska, where there are actually three different species available. The three varieties include the Golden King Crab, Blue King Crab and the Alaskan Red King Crab. The latter is the most prized for its sweet meat, which is very white with hints of bright red. Steam the crab legs and serve hot with garlic butter dipping sauce, for a seafood meal that is sure to please. When eating these crabs, just jump right in and start splitting the shells and legs to pull out long strips of crab meat that is juicy and delicious. When cooking shellfish, remember that the seafood product will usually come to you frozen and pre-cooked, so it is important to heat up legs and not over cook the meat. You may also want to consider some king crab nutrition facts when deciding how much to eat.

Simple King Crab Recipe:

1. Put a large steamer pot on the stove top or grill top

2. Add a steamer insert

3. Add some water ( but do not cover the crab  )

4. Add the crablegs

5. Sprinkle the crab with Old Bay Seasoning

6. Let the pot boil / steam for about 6 to 8 minutes until thoroughly heated

7. Serve the crablegs on large platters with shell crackers and warm drawn butter

8. Enjoy.

The video below showcases one way to cook and steam king crab legs.


* Video: How to Cook Alaskan King Crab


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