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How do you eat crab legs?

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Eat crab legs by separating the legs from the body, cracking or cutting the legs open and pulling out the meat. This process takes only a few minutes. You need crab legs, a lobster cracker or scissors, a knife and a small fork.

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  1. Separate the legs from the body

    Break the crab into pieces using your hands. For hard-shelled varieties, use a knife.

  2. Break off the legs

    Break off each individual crab leg. Twist the leg, and pop it off at the upper joint. If the leg does not come off, use a lobster or nut cracker.

  3. Crack open the leg

    Crack open the leg by using either a lobster cracker or a pair of scissors. While a lobster cracker may be necessary for large crabs or hard shells, most crab legs can be cracked open by cutting down the length of them with a pair of kitchen scissors.

  4. Remove the meat

    Pull out the piece of leg meat. If you used a pair of scissors to split the shell, the meat should come out in a single piece. Cracking the shell can break the meat up into smaller pieces. Use a small fork to remove any small remaining pieces.

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