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How to Steam King Crab Legs (Recipe)

Updated on October 20, 2012
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King crab legs are a very tasty seafood treat but they are very pricey at the restaurants. Instructions for steaming king crabs are here if you decide to cook them yourself.

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  • Whole king crab, (Optional)
  • King crab legs
  • Spices, (Optional)


  1. If you have a whole king crab and don’t have a pot big enough to cook it, separate all the legs from the body and cook what pieces you can fit separately.
  2. Add water to the steamer pot or steam cooker. You have the option of adding other ingredients to the water such as old bay, garlic, and onions but it could mask the crab flavor instead of enhancing it.
  3. Allow the water in the steamer to boil. When it does, add the king crab legs in the steamer and cover. If the legs are too big for your steamer, the crab legs may need to be cut up with a very sharp knife or kitchen scissors.
  4. Once you are able to smell the crabmeat aroma, grab a leg with a tong and touch the meaty parts sticking out. Since they legs are already cooked, they only need to be warm.
  5. If you feel that the king crab legs are warm enough, use tongs to place the legs in a serving tray.
  6. When extracting the king crab meat, be careful when breaking up the pieces by hand as the shells can be sharp and pointy. You may be able to peel the shells from the king crab legs with your fingers if the shells are soft enough. If not, use kitchen shears to open up the crab legs.
  7. You have the option of dipping the meat in melted butter or not.


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      go-barbara-go 5 years ago

      Awesome! My favorite.

      Thanks for sharing this to us.