How to Eat Crab Legs


Crab legs are one of the most enjoyable and flavorful dishes you can order. The trouble with crab legs is that you have to work to get the meat, and the amount of work you do is not always equivalent to the amount of meat you get out of them. But done right, you can quickly get your crab legs opened up and ready to eat, all with minimal effort.

Things You'll Need

  • Crab legs
  • Small fork
  • Cracking device similar to nut cracker
  • Kitchen shears or scissors

How to Eat Crab Legs

  • Break the crab legs at the joints. Often, a crab leg will open up at the joint, allowing for easy removal of the meat.

  • If a clean break isn't made at the joint, or if the meat is still tough to get to, begin to break the shell with the tools you have available. If you start at the broken joint and proceed to work in a straight line, you can split the shell down the middle, allowing for removal of the meat.

  • If you have scissors or kitchen shears available, you can cut directly down the crab leg and simply open and remove the meat. If you are in a restaurant, this is usually not an option.

  • After removing the meat from the long shafts of the shell, use your fork to pry the meat out of the main joint at the opposite end from the claw. After removing the meat from the shells, the joints and the claws, you are done.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't be afraid to make a mess. Cracking crab legs is expected to be messy.

Related Searches

Promoted By Zergnet


You May Also Like

  • How to Crack Crab Legs

    There are many different types of crab, depending upon the region your dinner came from, and the types vary greatly in size....

  • How to Eat Snow Crab Legs

    Eating snow crab legs can be time consuming and messy but well worth the effort. Many seafood restaurants have all-you-can-eat crab leg...

  • How to Eat King Crab Legs

    Of the 40 varieties of king crab known to exist, 10 are found in Alaska waters, according to the Alaskan King Crab...

  • Tools to Eat Crab Legs

    The process of eating crab legs is more than a meal, it's an experience. Though crab legs contain wonderfully textured, delicate meat...

  • How to Cook Fresh Dungeness Crab

    The first thing to consider when purchasing live dungeness crab is to make sure that they're alive. Cook fresh, dungeness crab with...

  • What to Serve With King Crab Legs

    King crab legs are a delicious meal, but knowing what to serve with them can be tricky. Eating king crabs legs is...

Related Searches

Check It Out

13 Delicious Thanksgiving Sides That'll Make Turkey Insignificant

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!