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How to Cook Crab Legs

A classic seafood treat, succulent and sweet crab legs are simple to prepare at home.


  • Step 1: Select crab legs Select pre-cooked crab legs that are firm to the touch, whose joints are easily movable, and that smell like sea water rather than fishy or like ammonia.
  • TIP: Chose flash frozen crab legs that have not been thawed.
  • Step 2: Pick cooking method Choose your cooking method. Crab legs are most commonly steamed or boiled.
  • Step 3: Cook Fill a large pot or steamer with two cups of water and a tablespoon of salt. When the water begins to boil, place the crab legs in the pot or steaming basket.
  • Step 4: Time cooking Cook the crab legs for five to seven minutes. Take care not to overcook them.
  • Step 5: Serve the meal Serve the crab legs hot. Crab legs are traditionally accompanied by melted butter and lemon wedges, which enhance their natural sweetness.
  • FACT: Did you know? Alaskan king crabs can live for 10 to over 20 years.

You Will Need

  • Pre-cooked crab legs
  • Large pot or steamer
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Melted butter
  • Lemon wedges

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