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How to Eat King Crab Legs

Updated on December 27, 2012
These Jumbo King Crab Legs are rated supreme and the flesh has a flavor that is so wonderful. Once you eat King Crab Legs once you'll want them again and again.
These Jumbo King Crab Legs are rated supreme and the flesh has a flavor that is so wonderful. Once you eat King Crab Legs once you'll want them again and again. | Source

How To Eat King Crab Legs

If you've been watching the TV Show Deadliest Catch then you should know that the crabs they are fishing for in the Bering Sea are King Crabs. Of the 40 known species of King Crab that are known 10 of the species are found in Alaskan waters. King Crab meat is much sought after because of it's sweet moist taste. Some King Crab fisherman make a lot of money during the King Crab season.

If you've watched the TV Show Deadliest Catch then you know that fishing for King Crabs is one of the hardest and most dangerous jobs on earth. That is one reason that King Crab Legs command the price they do. In Alaska the King Crabs are caught from October through January and the King Crabs are delivered to the processing plants where they are killed and processed before they are broken down into various King Crab products and shipped all over the world. The United States is one of the largest consumers of King Crab Legs.

Buy Your King Crab Legs At Your Local Supermarket

You can usually find King Crab Legs for sale in the seafood section of your local supermarket. You should plan on purchasing 2 - 4 pounds per person who is going to be eating crab legs.

Delicious Garlic Butter Recipe

You can make the best garlic butter by using this ratio. For each cup of butter you'll need a tablespoon of powdered garlic. Heat your garlic butter up in a small pot and bring it almost up to a boil but not quite. Turn the heat off and your ready to use your homemade garlic butter. While it's heating up to almost boiling you'll want to be sure to stir it well with a wire whisk. This will ensure that your butter and garlic get very well mixed up together.

Bake Don't Boil Those King Crab Legs

A lot of people boil their King Crab Legs but I don't. Instead I brush my King Crab Legs with the homemade garlic butter and then I pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and I place my crab legs onto a large baking pan or cookie sheet and I cook them in the hot oven for eight to ten minutes. When you take them out of the oven let them cool for five minutes or so to avoid burning your hands.

Use Kitchen Scissors To Get The Meat Out Of The King Crab Legs

I twist each crab leg off the cluster and then I use a pair of kitchen scissors to cut the crab legs open and pull out the meat. I place the crab meat in a pile on my plate along with a small cup of my homemade garlic butter and when I'm ready I dip each piece of the crab meat in the garlic butter and then eat it. You'll never taste anything quite as good and by using the kitchen scissors you can get the crab meat out of the King Crab legs easily.

Some Interesting Information About King Crabs

In the wild King Crabs can live from 10 - 20 years.

It is only the male King Crabs that are kept and processed. All the females are returned to the sea. The males that are kept must be of a legal size to be kept.

King Crabs are caught in square wire mesh pots. The pots are dropped off in lines across the ocean floor and each pot has a buoy which is how the crab boats find the crab pots and pull them back up onto the boat. On the boat all of the legal size male King Crabs are dropped into large holding tanks and the undersize crabs and the females are returned to the sea. The King Crabs must be taken to a processor with in 5-7 days of being caught. Frozen and processed Kin Crab will keep for up to a year.

Dutch Harbor is where most crab boats come from and it is also where most of the King Crab is processed frozen and shipped to the United States and around the world. A large portion of the King Crab legs caught each year in the Bering Sea end up in American restaurants.

Dutch Harbor Alaska where most King Crab is processed and shipped all over the world.
Dutch Harbor Alaska where most King Crab is processed and shipped all over the world.

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Alaska King Crab Fishing

There is no other seafood quite as delicious as King Crab Legs.
There is no other seafood quite as delicious as King Crab Legs.

How To Prepare And Eat Your King Crab Legs

One of the first things you should know about King Crab Legs is that the crabs have already been cooked at the processing plant up in Alaska. Really all you need to do is to reheat your King Crab Legs. Don't overcook them or you can ruin them.

For the best results defrost your King Crab Legs in the refrigerator for eight to ten hours before you boil or bake them. Keep in mind that the King Crab Legs have already been cooked and all your doing is reheating them.

How To Boil Your King Crab Legs

Use a pot large enough to hold your King Crab Legs. Fill the pot two thirds of the way full with water. I like to use Old Bay Crab Seasoning which you can buy at your local supermarket. If you can't find the Old Bay brand use what ever brand of crab boil seasoning they have for sale. Or you can add four cut up lemons and the juice from the lemons and a couple of teaspoons of sea salt to the water. Either way remember your just reheating the crab legs and you will want to remove them from the heat as soon as your sure they are all hot. You will not want to boil them for over 5 - 7 minutes.

Yes it really is that easy to boil your King Crab Legs. I use tongs to get them out of the boiling water. Especially if I'm going to be adding more King Crab Legs to the boiling water. When you get all your crab legs cooked consider adding a mixture of sliced Kielbasa Sausage, Peeled And De-veined Shrimp, New Potatoes and Corn On The Cob to the water where you cooked the crab legs. You may want to add another package of Old Bay Crab Boil to the water for flavoring the sausage, shrimp, potatoes, and corn. When the potatoes are done all the other ingredients should be also. Drain away the water and serve the shrimp and veggies along with the already cooked crab legs. Be sure to make plenty of homemade garlic butter to serve with your meal.

I also always make sure to serve cocktail sauce and plenty of fresh cut lemon wedges with my crab legs and other items.

You Can Cook Your Crab Legs On The Grill

You can if you wish wrap your King Crab Legs in tin foil with garlic butter and lemon and heat them this way on the grill. If you do be sure to wrap the tin foil package up tight so the package is well sealed and none of the steam will escape. On a hot grill you'll want to cook the tin foil wrapped crab legs for 5-7 minutes on each side to be sure they get well heated.

Boil Your Crab Legs In Beer

If your boiling your crab legs add a couple of 12 ounce cans of beer to the water where your boiling the crab legs for wonderfully flavored crab legs. You can also add sea salt and lemon to the water along with the beer. I also sometimes boil peeled and De-viened shrimp in the same water along with the crab legs. Your shrimp and crab legs can cook in the same water and you'll end up with delicious crab legs and shrimp.

What To Serve With Your King Crab Legs

Two of the very best things to serve with your King Crab Legs are potatoes and corn. As I suggested above you can do a crab boil with sausage, corn on the cob, new potatoes, and shrimp.

Or you can make garlic mashed potatoes and deep fry some delicious corn fritters to go along with your King Crab Legs. I like to think outside the box and come up with some new and unusual meal ideals to serve along with my King Crab Legs. If you think it would taste great with your King Crab Legs give it a try. When I'm serving a crowd King Crab Legs I almost always serve my own homemade hush-puppies along with the King Crab Legs.

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      Thomas Byers 

      5 years ago from East Coast , United States

      That they are. Thanks for the comment.

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      Bubba Jasper 

      5 years ago from The Lone Star State

      They look yummy!

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