How To Make Crab Legs

Crab legs&claw with veggies
Crab legs look very complicated to cook, but actually they're quite easy. Impress your guests by making delicious crab legs for an appetizer or dinner! Although there are many ways to cook crab legs, the easiest and most versatile is by boiling them. Some people try to microwave them, but this is not a good method, especially for serving to family or guests. Too much cooking will make your crab legs tough. For best results, start with crab legs that are not precooked.

Step 1

 Ingredients and supplies:

  • Crab legs, frozen uncooked
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • Lemon Wedges
  • Cocktail sauce
  • Kitchen shears
  • Heavy pot
  • Skillet
  • Small serving dish
  • Nut crackers

Step 2

Prepare the crab legs. Most crab legs will be frozen when you purchase them. You can buy either cooked or uncooked crab; the uncooked kind usually turns out best. Before cooking the crab legs, let them thaw in your refrigerator for a day or two. Once they're thawed, split them using kitchen shears by cutting lengthwise through the underside.

Step 3

Boil the water. Fill a pot 1/2 to 2/3 full of water, depending on the number of crab legs you are making. Add a tablespoon of salt, and then bring the water to a boil.

Step 4

Cook the crab. Now, carefully place the crab legs into the boiling water and allow the water to return to a boil. Then reduce the heat to medium, and cook the crab legs for about 20 to 25 minutes. If the crab legs are precooked, instead of placing them in boiling water you should place them in a steamer above the water. If you are using whole crabs instead of just the legs, it can take longer, around 30 to 40 minutes to cook.

Step 5

Clarify the butter. You should serve crab legs with clarified butter. Regular melted butter can feel greasy when you eat it. To serve butter with your crab legs, follow this restaurant trick. Melt two sticks of butter in medium-low heat in a skillet. Let it sit for a couple of minutes, and then pour out the clear butter on the top into a small serving dish. The milky white fat at the bottom can be discarded.

Step 6

Serve. Along with the butter, serve the crab legs with lemon wedges and cocktail sauce. You can also season them, if you like, but most people find that they don't need any seasoning. Cooked crab legs can also be used in many recipes. To eat the crab legs, purchase a set of nut crackers or special crab crackers since the hard shell can't be broken by hand.

If you love seafood, and enjoy making salmon and other common fish at home, try something a little more unique by making crab legs. They're easy to cook, and turn out great every time! Seafood like crab legs cooks much faster than beef or chicken because of their high water content. Serve them during the summer on your patio, or at a dinner party.


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