Cook crab legs by steaming, boiling, baking or grilling. Crab legs are low in fat and calories but pack plenty of flavor. They assume a slightly different texture and flavor depending on method of preparation and can be cooked to accompany a main dish, such as shrimp broil.
One easy method for cooking crab legs is boiling. This process requires bringing a pot of water to boil, adding seasonings and then adding crab legs, making sure they are entirely submerged. Boil for 2 to 3 minutes, remove from water, drain and serve.
Steaming is another simple method, which involves steaming the crab legs in a pot for 4 to 6 minutes before serving. Crab legs are also suitable for grilling or baking. Both methods require toasting crab legs for 3 to 4 minutes on both sides, using medium-high heat on the grill or heating an oven to 350 F.
Crab legs should be relatively plump, which means they have plenty of meat. They should not have ice crystals or freezer burn, which indicates they have been frozen for a long time and are not as fresh. King crabs typically have the richest flavor. They have a reddish color and derive from the Pacific northwest. Snow crabs, which are nearly as popular, have a salty taste and milder flavor.