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My husband loves to get crab legs when we go out and I just saw a local store is selling them for 7.99lb so I would like to make them for him. Would I just boil them? How long?? This is one of those things that I never attempt to make at home!! Thanks!

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  1. Where are they selling it for that price?? I might have to get some for my husband. That's his favorite.

    I am pretty sure most king crab is sold precooked and frozen. I think you only have to thaw and eat. But you may want to get a second opinion on that as I don't eat the stuff myself. Hy husband, being the impatient person that he is, just throws them in the microwave to thaw them and eats them on the spot with melted butter.

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    1. re: EAF

      they are that price at Stew Leonard's in Connecticut...

      1. re: ctmom

        I know where I am stopping on my way home tonight! Thanks!

        1. re: EAF

          DON'T STOP THERE TONIGHT, THE SALE STARTS TOMORROW!!! I get their flyer via e-mail!! They also have their porterhouse steaks on sale for $4.99lb...enjoy some surf and turf!!

          1. re: ctmom

            I thought their sales were from Thursday to Wednesday but I just checked the website and the sale is from 8/17-8/23...my mistake, enjoy them tonight!!

            1. re: ctmom

              Thank you very much ctmom!

      1. re: Amy G.

        I steam them as well-- as recommended by the store where I buy them. The store said they are precooked so a quick heating by steaming is all that's needed. You might want to double check when you buy them. My one tip is to serve them with a pair of kitchen shears. I found that the scissors make it so much easier to eat them, especially in the privacy of my home.

      2. i sprinkle them with alot of old bay seasoning and steam them in beer. yummy yummy

        1. That's a great price. I started cooking them myself at home when they got to be so crazy expensive to eat out. They are the easiest thing to cook---just steam them like all the other posters have said. Don't overcook them, they are pre-cooked. Easy to open, use a kitchen shears or even just a fork. We keep them in a warm covered dish so they don't get cold as you open and eat. A really nice treat and almost a no cook meal!

          1. I drop them in boiling water that has been turned off and let them sit a few minutes. This gets rid of the excess salt that steaming doesn't and still leaves them tender.

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            1. re: JMF

              I like that idea, since they can be very salty...how long do they sit in the water, like 5 min?

              Also I do remember some chef saying they would wrap the legs in damp paper towels and microwave them to heat them up.

              1. re: Aimee

                Yup just 3-5 minutes... sometimes I add sugar to the water as well.

            2. Sheesh, I feel like a real wet blanket about this...I truly hate these jumbo legs. They're all over the buffets in Vegas and Reno...giant, watery things (they're ALWAYS pre-frozen and usually cooked). To me they taste like very little other than watery string. The only taste comes from the sauce you serve with them.

              Okay, I'm in a BIGGGG minority here, but I really think they should be banned from existence. What? Me make a crazy rant???

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              1. re: oakjoan

                by virtue of the fact that you've gotten them at buffets in vegas and reno i would guess that you havent had good ones. Give them a try when you can get fresh ones.

                1. re: oakjoan

                  All "king crab" is not the same. There are three different species - the more desirable red kings have been seriously overfished for years (decades, actually) and much of what is on the market now is the less desirable blue king and even less desirable golden king. In addition there are similar species that look a lot like king, but really aren't, notably snow crab and tanner crab. In a world where calico scallops or Campeche Bay scallops are marketed as "bay scallops," which is a true felony, passing tanner crab off as king doesn't even qualify as a misdemeanor, so who knows what they're putting out at Las Vegas buffet tables? Real king is one of the most delicious foods out there - I've never met anyone who doesn't like it, other than the confirmed "no seafood, never" types.

                  1. re: oakjoan

                    I have never seen anything other than the giant, pre-frozen legs sitting on buffet tables or at COSTCO. Never realized there were GOOD jumbo crab legs.

                    We don't know anything here in California aside from Dungeness....now THAT I love.

                    Does anybody who posted about this live in Nor.Cal. and know anything about where one can get these? Or do we only have access to those awful, wet string legs?

                    1. re: oakjoan

                      I live in Southern Oregon (Ashland) and Dungeness crab season here is February. That's when all the great crab feeds are scheduled as well. Last winter WinCo had them on sale for $1.36 a pound. I bought six crabs and spent an entire Saturday afternoon perched on a bar stool at the kitchen sink cleaning them. We lived on crab cakes, crab cocktails and oriental crab over rice for a couple of weeks. Yummmmmmmm!

                      1. re: oakjoan

                        I live in Southern Oregon (Ashland) and Dungeness crab season here is February. That's when all the great crab feeds are scheduled as well. Last winter WinCo had them on sale for $1.36 a pound. I bought six crabs and spent an entire Saturday afternoon perched on a bar stool at the kitchen sink cleaning them. We lived on crab cakes, crab cocktails and oriental crab over rice for a couple of weeks. Yummmmmmmm!

                      2. beware, these are imported from russia and are processed full of salt and phosphates besides not being legitimate king crab legs (see posts below), the best king crab legs are processed in alaska,are extremely hard to find (because of supply and demand) and are north of $20-$25 a pound retail, the larger the more expensive. the brand to look for is "Wakefields" good luck trying to find them

                        1. The last time Stew's had this sale... a week or two ago... the pieces were all the worst of the leftover legs. Really lousy pieces. They had culled these out over several weeks and had sold the best pieces for three times the price. I walked up to the sale table and several folks were pawing through the packages and complaining like crazy. Typical Stew's games. Whenever they have sales it's crud.

                          I also hate their sneaky seafood pricing. In big letters a decent price, then when you get closer you find in tiny letters that price is for three or more pounds and the under three pound price is much more.

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                          1. re: JMF

                            thanks for the warning, Stew's certainly knows marketing...