How to Cook Crab Legs (and eat them too!)
Crab legs are super easy! I’ll show you 3 different ways to cook them, plus I’ll also show you how to eat them (which is probably the hardest part!)
Crab legs are one of the easiest things to make at home. Skip the expensive restaurant mark-ups and enjoy this gourmet treat at home. We’ll show you how to boil, steam, or broil in the oven as well as show you how to eat crab legs too!
WHAT KIND OF CRAB LEGS SHOULD I BUY?
There are two main kinds of crab legs that are sold in American grocery stores. You can buy snow crab legs, or King crab legs. Snow crab legs are sold in clusters so you’ll have several legs and maybe even a claw clustered together. King crab legs are much larger and are sold by the individual leg. Snow crab legs are significantly cheaper than king crab so you’ll have to choose which works best within your budget.
- 2 clusters Snow Crab legs
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
- 1 lemon cut into wedges
HOW TO EAT CRAB LEGS
For King crab legs, take a pair of kitchen scissors and simple cut down the shell of a leg lengthwise. Fold it open to expose the meat inside.
For Snow Crab legs:
Start by removing each individual leg from the cluster by snapping it off at the cluster.
Break each leg into two parts by snapping at the joint.
For each leg part use two hands on each end to gently bend back and forth until the shell breaks. The meat should slide out easily from the shell.
For claws, use a cracker or your teeth to break open the shell. Do not apply too much pressure or you’ll crush the meat inside. Peel back the shell until you can easily slide the meat out.
For the cluster, crack it gently with your hands and fold it open. The meat is found on the inside. Use a small fork to remove all the pockets of meat.
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