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May 26, 2007 10:21 AM

Alaskan King Crab Legs

How do you prepare them at home?

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  1. They are on sale at Costco that I saw last time I was there (yesterday). My hubby and I will purchase them and cook at home by...
    1- Have a large stock pot, fill with water and bring water to light boil. Over salt the water (think sea water salt) and add any other flavorings you would want (Bay Leaf, Cayanne, Garlic Cloves, etc)
    2- Boil the legs until just underdone (they will continue to cook once removed). This helps to prevent over cooking.
    3- Serve immediately with drawn butter
    4- YUM!!!

    You can also steam them, the key is not to over cook them or it will result in a stringy, chewy mess. Also, if you can let the legs take the chill off from the fridge, they will respond by having more tender meat! Have fun!

    4 Replies
    1. re: Aggiegirl1998

      Crab is something I haven't yet tackled as a home cook. Approx. how long is "just under done"?

      1. re: ashes

        The best king crab is flash frozen and already cooked, so the goal is to just get it up to serving temperature. I think three to four minutes does the trick. I usually squeeze lemon juice into the salted water, and maybe a bay leaf. Serve with lemon butter, perhaps with some sauteed shallots. My boyfriend handles the cutting the shells part, but I think heavy duty kitchen shears would do the trick. When king goes on sale, you should be able to feed two people generously for twenty bucks, including a green salad and nice bread. If you have leftovers, make a crab salad with good mayonnaise for lunch the next day.

        1. re: diva360

          Diva360 and Aggiegirl are on point. Costco is a great idea, as they have been seeling Alaskan for about $10 per pound. You can get a fairly cheap crab cracker and the little pokey things at Central Market (or just about any kitchen store). It is an amazingly easy, fun, and satisfying meal to have at home.

          Be careful with the precooked crab leg, as they are already salted. I've never seen any that wasn't precooked - I think that the 183 Costco crab legs aren't ridiculously salty, but some are (HEB). I don't add much salt to the steaming/boiling water in that case. Get the good butter from HEB, though, and heat it with pressed garlic. I'm getting hungry!

          1. re: rudeboy

            Agreed... yes, if it is already salted crab (ask the crab monger guys), then don't add too much salt. It is hard to say when it will be done because that will depend on the size of the legs, how frozen they are, etc. Regardless, enjoy and have fun and messy! Oh yea.. and with the leftover shells, you might be able to make a little crab stock of sorts... just a thought! ;)

    2. They are already "done". Whey were cooked on board the ship. All you neeed to to do is heat thtem through. They are pretty salty so I would not add any salt to the water. Just steam lightly until they are warmed through. Melt some butter, the real stuff please, add some lemon and enjoy.

      1. I prepare them the way I first had them at a great seafood restaurant. I cut off half the shell from each leg, put on some lemon and butter, then put in a 350-degree oven until just heated through (5-10 minutes). You can also put them under the broiler.

        1. Be careful on salting the water.

          I salted the water once (as if I was making pasta) and nearly ruined the crab legs; ever since I do not add salt to the water, and they've been delicious (I love me some sodium, so it's not a "I don't like salt" thing).

          1. Ladies, Try baking your crab legs. You will be shocked how much better the crab is. Put in large baking pan with small amount water. Put crab in cover with aluminum foil. Preheat oven to 350. Bake crab for 10 to 15 min. So So much better then boiled.

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            1. re: SheriKansas

              Sounds like you steamed them in the oven.