Steamed crab legs are prepared by steaming the crab legs over boiling water into which various seasonings have been added. The seasonings can range from ale, Old Bay seasoning or just garlic and salt. To best prepare steamed crab, use a large stockpot with a steamer insert.
To prepare ale infused crab legs, pour 3 bottles of ale or beer into a stockpot. Add 3 lemons, cut into half and 1 head of garlic, cut into half. Bring the contents of the stock pot to a boil. Add the crab legs to the steamer insert and place into the stockpot. Cover the crab legs and steam for five minutes or until the crab legs are cooked.
To use Old Bay seasoning, add 2 cups of water to the stockpot with 1 tablespoon of salt. Bring the water to a boil and place the insert into the stockpot. Add the crab legs and 1/2 cup of Old Bay seasoning, or to taste. Cover and steam for up to 10 minutes or until the crab legs are cooked through.
Serve crab legs with drawn butter for dipping. To make drawn butter, melt unsalted butter in the top of a double boiler. Melt over simmering water. Allow melted butter to cool and then remove foam from the top. Allow the butter to solidify and drain any liquid before melting and serving.