How to Cook King Crab

KING CRAB

steamed king crab legs

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KING CRAB is cooked and frozen immediately after catching so when you buy it, it is fully cooked and ready to be re-heated. It is sold according to size. There will be numbers like 6-9, 9-12, 20-30 etc. This will tell you how many legs are in 10 pounds of crab legs. The smaller the number, the larger the legs will be. Make sure the crab legs are thawed before cooking. The best way to do this is in the refrigerator overnight. In a hurry, put them in a plastic waterproof bag and put them in cold water. Change the water about every 30 minutes. My favorite way of cooking king crab legs is to steam them. If you don’t have a big enough pan for steaming, baking works very well.

HOW TO BAKE KING CRAB

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Place the legs in a large shallow pan. A sheet pan can be used. Try not to stack the legs if you don’t have to. It’s better to lay them flat. Place enough hot water in the pan to cover the bottom. Wrap the pan tight with aluminum foil.
Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for 10-15 minutes.
Check to see if they are hot enough. Remember, they are already fully cooked and you are just heating them up. You do not want to overcook them, they can get tough and lose flavor. It’s better to have them a little cool than overcooked.

HOW TO BOIL KING CRAB LEGS

There are many people that use this method but I believe it takes some flavor out of the crab, so I don’t use it.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Leave room for the crab.
Add the crab legs and reduce the heat to a simmer.
Depending on the size of the legs, simmer for 7-10 minutes.
Remove the legs, drain them and serve.

HOW TO GRILL KING CRAB LEGS

Spread olive oil on the legs and put them on a medium heat grill. On a gas grill this should be about 300-325 degrees.
Grill them about 5 minutes on each side.

HOW TO STEAM KING CRAB LEGS

Place about 2 cups of water in a steaming pot. You can use a colander in a large pot if you can keep the colander and the crab above the water. Wait till the water comes to a boil , then add the crab. Cover the pot and steam for 10 minutes. When you start to smell the crab cooking, check them, they are close to being done.

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