King Crab Legs are already cooked when you purchase
them. King crab legs are cooked on the fishing boats or immediately upon landfall to preserve freshness (the crab is caught, cooked, then blast frozen
to preserve its fresh taste). Because of this, King Crab need only to be adequately heated before eating.
Remember, that unless you have purchased a live king crab, the king crab legs have already been cooked.
Fresh King Crab Legs: Only if you leave near a crabbing community will
you get fresh, raw crab legs.
Amount of King Crab Legs to Purchase: Purchase 8 ounces to 1 pound per person.
Frozen King Crab Legs: It is recommended that crab legs thaw overnight in your refrigerator. If
you are in a big hurry, king crab can be thawed under cold running water to speed this up.
If you place them on a rack in a watertight container, they can drain as they are defrosting.
Storage: Thawed crab legs can be maintained in the refrigerator for two days, but they should really be cooked as soon as they
have been defrosted if possible.
Check out more of Linda's great
Crab Recipes and
Appetizer Recipes for more great cooking ideas
How To Prepare
Perfect King Crab Legs:
Preparing king crab is usually just a matter of using your preferred reheating method. There are a variety of ways to reheat king crab. Steaming, microwaving,
and oven baking are among the most common. With these methods, king crab only takes only 4 to
10 minutes to reheat:
Steam Preparation: Let the water in the bottom of the steamer
pot come to a boil, then I add the crab legs in the steamer and cover.
crabs will be heated through when you can smell them. I also pick one up
with a tong and touch the meaty part just to be sure that it is indeed warm.
The best way to get at the meat is to use scissors. I use the kitchen shears
that come with knife sets but you can buy one at any kitchen supply store by
itself. Just break the crab apart at the obvious places and then cut down
the middle. I also have but is not necessary a glove in case the crab is
really hot or if it is very spiny.
Oven Preparation: Arrange in shallow baking pan. Add just enough hot
water to fill pan 1/8 inch deep. Cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake at
350 degrees F. until just heated through, approximately 7 to 10 minutes.
Microwave Preparation: Add crab legs to a microwave-safe container. Add 1
tablespoon water per 8 ounces of crab legs. Microwave on high 3 to 4 minutes per 8 ounces of crab legs. Serve with lemon wedges, clarified butter
and use nutcrackers to open shells.
Boiling is not recommended for king crab
legs. This is because the meat is so delicate in flavor that cooking it
directly in water or using a crab boil can destroy the delicious
Serving Cold: Defrost at room
temperature for a crab salad or serve cold with
Hollandaise Sauce or
To learn how to make clarified butter, check out
Butter Ghee and Clarified Butter. Clarified butter is also called
drawn butter. Simply defined, clarified butter and ghee are translucent golden butterfat left over after
the milk solids and water are removed. In short, clarified
butter is just butter that contains only pure butterfat. It has
a higher smoke point than regular butter, thus allowing you to
be able to cook at higher temperatures, and won't spoil as
quickly. The advantages of this type of butter is its long keeping quality (several
months refrigerated) and its high smoke point (can be used in
frying without burning). The disadvantage is that it doesn't
have that same wonderful rich flavor of regular unsalted butter
(since the milk solids have been removed) but it does have a
more buttery taste than other oils.