How to Microwave Snow Crab Legs

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Microwaving snow crab legs is a quick, less expensive way to have an indulgent seafood dinner at home. It's simple to nuke the shellfish but a tad tricky to keep it from becoming chewy and overcooked. You can turn out perfectly-heated snow crab legs from the microwave though, if you just watch it carefully and unthaw it properly first. Here are a few simple steps to show you how.


Things You'll Need

  • Papertowels

  • Microwave Safe Dish

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How to Microwave Snow Crab Legs

Step 1

Thaw the snow crab legs in the refrigerator overnight. It's best not to try to thaw them in the microwave as you run the risk of overheating them. The flash frozen snow crab legs you buy at the supermarket are already cooked after all.

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Step 2

Place the snow crab legs in a microwave-safe pan or on a dish.

Step 3

Cover the snow crab legs with two or three thick paper towels.

Step 4

Heat on high for 2 minutes.


Step 5

Uncover the snow crab legs and test the readiness of one of them by cracking it and examining the meat. The meat should be tender, but not overly stringy. It should be moist and not dry.

Step 6

Heat for another minute to a minute and 30 seconds if necessary. That's it. You've got dinner.


Cooked crab meat is always a crowd pleaser by itself, but it’s even better brushed with a bit of butter and lemon. Serve crab legs immediately after heating. They don’t stay warm long. Enjoy!


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