How to Boil King Crab With Old Bay

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If you want a delicious meal, then try boiling your own king crab with Old Bay seasoning. Old Bay seasoning, a blend of herbs and spices, adds an irresistible flavor to seafood that lacks taste. Considered a delicacy, the crab meat provides nutritional benefits due to its low fat content and its high levels of protein. You can cook crab legs using a variety of methods that include steaming, grilling and baking. However, boiling and steaming crab legs locks in the moisture and provides juicy crab meat rich in flavor.

Things You'll Need

  • King crab (precooked)
  • Water
  • Large boiling pot
  • Salt
  • ½ cup Old Bay seasoning
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp. oregano
  • Clean towel

Step 1

Fill a large boiling pot ¾ full with water. Add ½ cup of salt for each gallon of water. Combine ½ cup Old Bay seasoning, white vinegar, bay leaves and oregano in the pot. Stir with a spoon until the ingredients dissolve.

Step 2

Ensure that the water completely covers the crab. Add more water if necessary.

Step 3

Bring the water to a boil. Add the whole king crab to the water slowly. Be careful when adding the crab because the water can splash up into your face.

Step 4

Cover the pot. Boil the whole crab for 10 to 12 minutes. When the crab begins to float, continue boiling for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the crab because the meat will become tough.

Step 5

Allow the crab to cool for 15 minutes. Remove the crab with tongs. Place it on a clean towel. Once the king crab cools, you can crack its shell and begin eating the crab meat. Serve the crab meat with melted butter.

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