How To Boil Alaskan King Crab Legs

Alaskan king crab legs dish

When it comes to fine dining cuisine, Alaskan king crabs will always work and impress your guests. If they come with a few salad greens and pasta, you would have already prepared a perfect feast. Their best and most flavorful, meatiest part are their legs and when it comes to cooking them, the process surprisingly just takes a few minutes.

Crabs can be cooked in different ways such as baking or steaming. The most popular and easiest to do is to boil them for a few minutes with water.  Here are the steps on how to boil Alaskan king crab legs.

  1. Buy frozen king crab legs at the grocery or the seafood market a day before you plan to serve them. Frozen is so much better than thawed, as taste and freshness remain authentic.  King crabs are usually cooked on the inside when you purchase them anyway, as crab catchers cook them on the boat as soon as they are caught. So you don't have to worry about the time it would take to thoroughly cook them. 
  2. Prior to cooking them, let them thaw inside the refrigerator. Put them in a water tight container so as not to drain their juice when defrosting. Thawing should be about eight hours.
  3. Frozen king crab legs must be best handled with a colander when boiling, so be sure to have this ready. Also be prepared to have a pot big enough to contain your crab in it.
  4. Fill your pot up to one third full of water, making sure that the frozen king crab legs are submerged enough. You can pack the pot with as much crab legs as you want, though. But leave enough room so you can cover this and keep its flavor and moisture intact.
  5. As soon as the water is boiling, add a few tablespoons of salt. You may also choose to add some seasoning or lemon and garlic for more flavors. Then, drop the frozen crab onto the colander inside the boiling water, reduce the heat and leave it there for six to ten minutes.
  6. When it is done, take the crab legs out of the pot and serve them immediately as crabs are a lot more delicious when served straight out of the kitchen.
  7. Have nutcrackers ready so that you and your guests can break the shell and eat the crab meat properly.

You can also reheat the king crab legs using the microwave but do take note that it may not be as flavorful and as chewy as traditional boiling. To do this, you would have to:

  1. Wrap the king crab legs in paper towel and place them inside the microwave oven.
  2. Set your microwave for about two or three minutes on high, and then you will notice the crab legs cooking from their juice.
  3. After they are cooked, you can then put in a little butter, lemon or garlic. Others even add in a special sauce for it.

If you, however, have bought king crab legs that haven’t been cooked nor frozen, you can still do the same process for boiling them. But instead of leaving them for only six to ten minutes, cook them for about twenty to twenty five minutes more.


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