How to Cook Snow Crab Legs

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How to Cook Snow Crab Legs

Snow crab legs are normally cooked right after the crabs are caught. You can easily find them frozen at the supermarket or at grocery stores. Just note that these frozen “queen crab” legs sold in food outlets are already cooked, and that there are different ways to re-heat them. Here are some helpful tips on how to cook snow crab legs:

  1. You should boil the snow crab legs with sea water and seasoning if you happen to get them straight from the sea: Into a large pot, pour 2 cups of salty water. Season the water with Old Bay seasoning if you want the crab legs to be spicy. If sea water is not available, tap water will do. Just mix in 1 teaspoon of salt for every quart of water. Set the burner at medium to high heat. The water should reach boiling point within 5 minutes.

  2. Load the snow crab legs into the pot once the water starts boiling briskly. Make sure that the pot is large enough for you to put the desired number of crab legs in and still be able to close the lid. If you can’t cover the pot with its lid, use foil to confine the steam within it. The steam will help cook the snow crab legs faster. Allow them to cook for another 10 minutes.

  3. Take a sample of crab leg to test for doneness. Crack the leg open with a cracker. If the meat is still a little raw, continue cooking for another 5 minutes.

  4. You can make a delicious dipping sauce. Get two slices of butter or an equivalent amount of olive oil. Have a pinch of salt and pepper handy together with 1 medium-sized lemon. Melt the butter in a small saucepan and add the salt and pepper. Squeeze the lemon and pour the juice into the pan. Simmer for several minutes to blend.

  5. Remove the crab legs from the pot and put them in a colander to drain. Plate them in layers on a large serving plate. Enjoy them with the lemon-butter sauce.

  6. You can also try to grill the snow crab legs. Set aside a suitable size of aluminum foil. Punch each leg with a sharp knife to make a few holes in it. Arrange the crab legs on the foil. Brush each leg with olive oil or butter. Seal them in heavy duty foil from top to bottom. Place the foil packet on a pre-heated grill. Make sure that the grill bars are not too close to or too far from the charcoal: 6 inches will do. Grill the crab legs for 15-20 minutes. Serve them warm and enjoy them with molten butter.

  7. You can steam the snow crab legs. Use a large pot containing 4 cups of water and 2-3 teaspoons of salt. Let the water boil. Carefully put the steamer rack above the boiling water. Load the snow crab legs onto the rack. Cover with a lid and cook for 10 minutes.

  8. You may also bake the snow crab legs. The oven can help you avoid too many cooking hassles. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Arrange the crab legs in layers and season them with salt, pepper and sliced lemon. Cover the crab legs with heavy duty aluminum foil and seal. Put the aluminum foil-wrapped crab legs on the baking tray. Make a small hole in the foil packet to allow for the release of steam while baking. Bake the crab legs for 15-20 minutes.

The above suggestions on how to cook snow crab legs will help you make the perfect dish. Don’t forget to brush the crab legs with some butter or olive oil to boost their tangy taste.

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