How to Cook Crab Legs

How to Cook Crab Legs

People assume that crab legs are difficult to prepare, but surprisingly crag legs are not difficult to prepare at all and can be prepared within minutes. But most likely, the frozen crab legs you have purchased at the local supermarket has already been cooked and all you need to do next is heat them up and it'll be ready to eat. If you do plan on buying crab legs, try not to buy the ones that have been thawed. Why? Because they will lose their freshness so try to buy the frozen crab legs or pre-cooked ones. But no worries, they usually come pre-cooked anyways.

Boiling
Fill a large saucepan with water and add a tablespoon of salt, boil the water and drop the crab legs in. let it heat up for around 10 minutes and remove the water and rinse the crab legs.

Baking
Preheat your oven to 375°F and place the crab legs onto the baking tray. Brush the crab legs with butter, lemon juice and seasoning and leave in oven for 15 minutes. This is my favorite way to heat up crab legs.

Microwave
Place the crab legs in the microwave with a microwave-safe dish and cover the crab legs with paper towels and heat high for 3 minutes.

Steaming
Pour 3 cups of water in the steamer and add 1 tablespoon of salt and wait till it boils. After that, add the crab legs and let the crab steam for 10 minutes. You can serve them with lemon or seasoning for a better taste.


The shells of the crab legs are hard and cannot be broken using your teeth or hands. You must purchase pliers in order to crack the hard shells of the crab legs.

There you have it, four great ways to cook crab legs. My suggestion is try ever single way to cook crab legs so you can find your favorite way of cooking. My favorite is baking because I love seeing the legs brown and cooked. The taste is also great and refreshing. No matter which way you pick, remember to brush the crab legs with lemon, butter or any type of seasoning to make it taste great.

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