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How To Prepare, Serve & Eat Crab Legs

These are quite the treat and they’re so easy to make too! You’ll likely be purchasing them frozen (and pre-cooked) so keep in mind that all you need to do is thaw then heat in your preferred method.

I have four different ways to make them below (Broiled, Baked, Boiled, Steamed) along with a few tips to help you get started (including a quick tip for microwaving).

These directions will apply to both Alaskan King Crab and Snow Crab legs (heating times will depend on their size).

First, here’s how to prep them…

Baked or Broiled:

*For each pound you’re making, you’ll need approximately 2 tablespoons of melted butter (unsalted) and 2/3 tablespoon lemon juice


*Per 3 to 4 quarts of water: Add approximately 3 tablespoons vinegar or 1 lemon cut in wedges + 2 tablespoons vinegar


A few tips:

Not sure how to eat them or get at the succulent meat trapped inside the shell? It couldn’t be easier to do! You can use pliers, a fork (stab an end with one tine then run it up the leg to split), a sharp knife, lobster crackers or even a nutcracker. Pull out the meat and dig out any chunks of white flesh clinging in the joints. Dip meat in melted butter or your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!