How to Cook Red King Crab


King crab is known for its red color and sweet, succulent meat. When buying the crab legs, look for ones that are fresh or frozen, rather than thawed, for the best taste and texture. When you buy frozen king crab legs in the grocery store, they are typically precooked so you'll just need to gently reheat them. Enjoy the crab dipped in cocktail sauce or melted butter or in salads and other seafood recipes.

Things You'll Need

  • Large stockpot or kettle with or without steamer basket
  • Seasonings, such as salt or lemon (optional)
  • Shallow dish
  • Baking dish
  • Foil
  • Fill one-third of a large stockpot or kettle equipped with a steamer basket with cool water. Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Place frozen king crab legs in the steamer basket. Place a lid on the pot or kettle and allow the crab legs to steam for 10 minutes or until they are heated all the way through.

  • Fill one-half of a large stockpot or kettle with cool water. Season the water with salt, lemon juice or seafood seasoning if you desire. Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Add fresh king crab legs to the boiling water. Reduce the heat to medium and allow the legs to cook for five or six minutes. Remove the cooked crab legs from the water and rinse them with warm water before serving.

  • Place the frozen crab legs in a shallow dish and allow them to thaw in a refrigerator overnight. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Fill the bottom of the pan with hot water 1/4-in. deep and lay the thawed crab legs inside. Cover the pan with foil and bake the crab for eight to 10 minutes or until they are heated through.

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