King crab legs are a delicious meal that has a wonderful presentation. They are great for a celebratory meal or special occasion, as they are fancy and quite delicious. Although most people love to eat king crab legs, there are not a lot of people who know exactly how to cook them. This can be tricky, since they are often pricey and you don’t want to ruin them. It’s important to remember that unless you caught the crab yourself or bought them fresh from a fisherman, they are probably already cooked. In order to keep them tasting as fresh as possible, king crab legs are usually cooked quickly after being caught then flash frozen to keep the flavor intact.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and then arrange your king crab legs in a shallow baking dish. Make sure that they are not stacked or piled on top of each other, but instead are in a single layer. Pour in hot water up to 1/8 deep around the legs and cover the pan tightly with foil. You will then bake the legs until warm, about 8-10 minutes.
Put all of your king crab legs into a microwave safe dish and add two tablespoons of water for every pound of legs. Microwave the legs on the high setting for 3 or 4 minutes for every eight ounces of legs, checking to make sure that they are getting warmed through.
This is the most common method for preparing king crab legs. Put a steamer basked in a pot of water and bring the water to a boil. When it is boiling you add the legs into the basket. Cover the pot and let them steam. You’ll know that they’re done when you can smell them, about ten minutes.
Alternately, you can defrost the king crab legs in the refrigerator or at room temperature. Then the meat can be used in any cold salads that you are preparing.
With so many delicious ways to cook king crab legs, you can have them on the table in under fifteen minutes. They are fast cooking since they have already been cooked shortly after being caught, making them a perfect protein to have when you’re in a hurry. The only preparation that isn’t recommended is to boil them, as the meat is tender and will fall apart in the water. Steaming, boiling, or baking the legs will all cook them quickly!