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Alaskan King Crab Legs

April 8, 2015Danita

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Last year, before my son turned thirteen, he decided he wanted to try crab legs.  I’m not sure where he saw them or why he got it in his head he wanted them, but he did.  

He was talking to his grandparents on the phone, explaining this to them and his granddaddy (my dad), also a big seafood fan, promised to take him for crab legs when they visited.  

A couple of months later during the anticipated visit they went for crab legs…..and he LOVED them!  

As often happens here when we really enjoy a “restaurant” food I decided to make it at home.  It may come as a surprise but crab legs are SUPER easy to make!  Although they make a wonderful “fancy” dinner food they’re also quick and easy enough for a weeknight dinner.  

For our dinner I chose Alaskan King Crab Legs. 

Here’s the Recipe: 

If serving as main dish:

About 1 lb of King Crab per person but real crab lovers may want more

Boiling water

Steam basket and pot

Optional: 

Melted Butter

Lemon wedges

Crab boil

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Alaskan King Crab comes frozen but there’s no need to thaw before cooking.  I rinsed the ice crystal off mine just for picture sake.

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Fill pot about half way with water and insert steam basket. Water should not be touching basket.

If using crab boil add to water before boiling.  I enjoy the natural flavor and sweetness of the crab so I chose not to add anything to the water

Bring water to boil and place crab legs in basket

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Cover with lid and reduce heat to medium

Steam for about 7-8 minutes ONLY 

*Time is very important.  It doesn’t take long and over steaming can make them waterlogged.  Remember, they’re quick and easy*

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Serve with melted butter or lemon

It’s helpful to have small forks or crab cracker…although we used nut crackers. 

 

Have you ever made Crab Legs at home?

 
Alaskan King Crab Legs
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
7 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
7 min
Total Time
15 min
If serving as main dish
  1. About 1 lb of King Crab per person but real crab lovers may want more
  2. Boiling water
  3. Steam basket and pot
Optional
  1. Melted Butter
  2. Lemon wedges
  3. Crab boil
Instructions
  1. Fill pot about half way with water and insert steam basket
  2. Water should not be touching basket
  3. Bring water to boil and place crab legs in basket
  4. Cover with lid and reduce heat to medium
  5. Steam for about 7-8 minutes ONLY
  6. *Time is very important. It doesn’t take long and over steaming can make them waterlogged. Remember, they’re quick and easy*
  7. Serve with melted butter or lemon
  8. It’s helpful to have small forks or crab cracker…although we used nut crackers.
Notes
  1. I chose not to use crab boil as I enjoy the natural flavor of the crab meat.
  2. Alaskan King Crab comes frozen but there’s no need to thaw before cooking
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4 Comments

  • rynor

    September 12, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    oh this is amazing. looks very delicious

  • Michelle ~ My Gluten-free Kitchen

    April 9, 2015 at 11:52 PM

    I’ve never cooked crab legs at home, though I love to order it at restaurants. You’ve taken away my fear of making them at home. I’ll be following your recipe soon!

  • Meagan

    April 9, 2015 at 8:13 AM

    These look delicious! I love crab legs. I’ve never tried to make my own so I guess now is the time. I’ll give them a shot!

  • Morgan Molitor

    April 9, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    My husbands favorite!! 🙂 I always get so nervous to make them though! I will have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!

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