How to Split King Crab Legs

Alaskan king crab legs can be split for eating.
Alaskan king crab legs can be split for eating. (Image: alaskan king crab legs image by jedphoto from Fotolia.com)

People have used a variety of tools from the commonplace hammer to sophisticated and pricey crab-specific products to split king crab legs. You can even use a fork, inserting the tine and splitting the leg along the soft section of the shell, but the best way to split king crab legs is with kitchen shears or scissors. You can sometimes buy king crab legs split beforehand or cut them yourself before or after cooking.

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Cut each crab leg into 2- to 3-inch pieces, saving the joints for later use.

Crab leg joint meat can be used in stir-fries and other recipes.
Crab leg joint meat can be used in stir-fries and other recipes. (Image: one opened snow crab leg image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.com)

Insert a scissor blade at one end of the crab leg piece and cut along the lighter-colored, thinner shell side.

Heavy-duty kitchen scissors can easily cut through crab shell.
Heavy-duty kitchen scissors can easily cut through crab shell. (Image: kitchen scissors image by terex from Fotolia.com)

Move the scissors about 1/2 inch from the first cut and make a parallel cut along the crab shell.

You can ask your local merchant to split crab legs for you.
You can ask your local merchant to split crab legs for you. (Image: hokkaido crab on scale image by Joo Hwee Goh from Fotolia.com)

Remove the freed shell portion to allow access to the tender king crab meat.

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