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Reheating Crab Legs

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  • CH Addict Apr 9, 2006 08:01 PM
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So I succumbed to the snow crab legs at Costco (they looked so good!) but never having bought precooked crab, I don't know how to reheat them w/o overcooking them. Oven? What temp? Steam? Nuke 'em?

I know it is lame that I don't know but help a gal out anyway? Thank you!!!!

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  1. Steam

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    1. re: Candy

      Yeah, thaw 'em and steam until just warm.

      1. re: Robert

        Me too! And with some melted butter on the side for dipping, yum!

    2. As mentioned, steaming is great if you want them plain. I recently made some by cracking the shell in a few places and sauteeing them in Chinese black-bean sauce. Just another option :)

      1. This was discussed at length some months ago. I learned a suggestion then that has worked well for us several times since. Just bring a pot of water to a boil, dump in the crab, take it off the heat and let it sit uncovered for ten minutes. The crab comes out just the right temp for eating. (This is from the thawed state.) I am afraid that with steam or microwave I would overcook them.

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        1. re: Spudlover

          I say nuke 'em. It has precisely the same effect as steaming, and you can start with them frozen (as you should--they'll taste fresher). Timing depends on your microwave oven's wattage/power and how many crabs you're nuking. Wrap the crab(s) in clean wet kitchen towels and nuke them for 3 minutes. Feel them--if they're hot, fine. If not, nuke for 1 minute increments and keep feeling them. Very easy--I did this on Saturday night with 5 pounds of Alaskan King Crab Legs. Heavenly!

          1. re: Tom Steele

            AB did a show on this a while back and he used a variation of this method with King Crab legs. In addition to wrapping in paper towels, also wrap in plastic wrap. Do the legs in groups of three, right out of the freezer and nuke them for 2 minutes. Open carefully because there will be some steam. I tried this and it worked very nicely.

        2. Place your frozen crab legs on a platter and cover with Saran Wrap. Thaw overnight in refrigerator. REHEATING: Use large enough pot with lid to hold legs. Add enough water to pot to just reach bottom of steam basket. To the water (under the basket), add 3 sliced lemons, 3 cloves garlic, smashed. Put steamer basket in bottom of pot. Cover pot with lid and bring water to full boil. When water reaches boil, place crab on steamer basket. Replace lid. TURN OFF THE HEAT. Let crabs sit for 5 minutes. Move heated crabs to serving platter. Serve with Lemon-Garlic Butter for dipping..

          1. If you are using a steam basket, you really only need an inch or two of water to steam them. The microwave works as well. The are already salted, so choose unsalted butter for dipping, and add lemon, herbs whatever to the melted butter. I have over salted them before.

            They cool down quickly on the table, so consider small batches and keep the steamer ready for reheating. Enjoy!