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How to Cook Crab Legs


Wondering how to cook crab legs? Then you’ve come to the right place. With their striking appearance and exquisite flavor, crab legs are the ideal gourmet dish for special occasions. Also, since they’ve usually been precooked when you purchase them, it’s easy enough to reheat them and make them good for eating. We’re going to show you several different ways to cook these delicious gourmet delights.

Before cooking the legs, you can thaw them to reduce cooking time. You can do this by leaving them in the refrigerator for around 10 hours, or placing them in cool water for an hour. You can alternatively just boil them from frozen, but you should expect them to take considerably longer to cook. Make sure you rinse the crab legs off before cooking.

Boiling Crab Legs

Boiling is a simple method of preparing crab legs. It's also effective, since the water filters into the shells and heats the meat evenly while also keep it moist.
Fill a pot up with enough cold tap water to cover the crab legs, add a touch of salt and any other seasonings you may like, and bring the water to a boil. Add the crab legs carefully, covering them entirely in water. Boil them uncovered for around 5 minutes (larger crabs may take longer), moving them with tongs as need be. Remove the legs, and serve with butter, lemon wedges and a choice of side.

Steaming Crab Legs

Fill a large pot with water, cover it and boil atop a stove. You can add beer, lemon slices and/or other seasonings to the water if you wish, for added scent. When the water boils, uncover the pan, and place a steamer on top. Place the crab legs into the steamer, cover, and steam for 5 minutes. Remove the crab legs and serve with melted butter and lemon.

Grilling Crab Legs

Preheat your grill on low, and cut your thawed crab legs at the joints to break them into shorter segments. Brush them with butter or oil, plus any other seasonings you'd like. Place them on the grill, close the top, and shut the grill for five minutes before flipping them. Check for flare-ups, and try to avoid letting any legs get burnt. Serve them with melted butter and lemon.

Always make sure you buy crab legs from a reputable source. The legs need to be as fresh as possible, and prepared in facilities designed for cleanliness and masterful preparation. Fortunately, the seafood products we sell here at Gourmet Food Store tick all those boxes! We deliver them right to your door and keep them frozen for the entire transit, ensuring the finest in quality.

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