How to Boil King Crab With Old Bay

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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

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.


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.


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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.


You can freeze a whole cooked crab for up to one week.


Pregnant women need to avoid crab meat that the grocery stores do not precook to prevent consuming harmful bacteria that can cause harm to their unborn children.



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