How Do You Cook Crab Legs?


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Crab legs are easy to boil, steam, bake or grill. Crab legs can even undergo a quick steam in the microwave and taste just as good as freshly prepared legs. Most people either steam or boil crab legs because it is quick and easy, but grilling or baking is simple and gives the legs a different flavor.

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How Do You Cook Crab Legs?
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To microwave crab legs, simply wrap in a wet paper towel with some fresh herbs and microwave on high for two minutes. Bake crab legs in a shallow pan with some water for around 10 minutes, adding butter or seasoning as desire. Grilling the legs requires brushing the claw with oil or butter to prevent sticking and grilling for around 10 minutes, flipping frequently.

Crab legs purchased at commercial retailers are often pre-cooked and then frozen for retail. Pre-cooked crab legs simply need to be re-heated and not cooked too much or the crab will become dry and tough to eat. Steaming or lightly boiling frozen crab legs is easy and fast. To steam, fill a pot with water and add a steamer top. When the water boils add the legs and steam for around 10 minutes. To boil, place the crab into a pot of boiling water and then simmer for around six minutes.

Fresh crab legs should be cooked quickly to preserve freshness. Boiling is a good method because it allows the meat to remain moist and cooks it quickly. Serve fresh crab legs with plenty of melted butter and lemon juice.

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