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Friday, February 15, 2013

Classic King Crab Legs

Classic King Crab Legs

I love King Crab, I love Snow Crab, I love them very much. I don't eat them EVER when we go out to eat because it is just to expensive. I dream about and try to justify it every time but I never do it. I decided that is was time to learn how to cook it at home, save lots of money and enjoy my favorite meal. 

It is nicer to eat at home because you can get messy.  

I went on the search to find a good easy way to cook them and found this from Simply Recipes. 

King crab is best served simply. To do too much to it would be like stuffing caviar into a burrito. Steam it, grill it or even microwave it, and then choose a support player and enjoy. The classic is, was and always will be melted butter and lemon. It is a classic for a reason.
As a consumer, you need to keep in mind two things: First, be certain to buy American crab. There is a lot of inexpensive Russian king crab on the market, and the reason it’s so cheap is because the Russians are destroying their fishery for a quick buck. American fishermen work under strict rules of sustainability, which is why U.S. crab is more expensive. We should reward them for playing fair.
The second thing you need to remember is that virtually all king crab is pre-cooked. It has to be, to preserve freshness. Alaskan king crab is cooked and blast frozen right in the harbor. If they did not, the giant crabs would die and rot within hours. This means that as a cook, you are really reheating king crab, not actually cooking it. So be gentle. I prefer to steam it for 5 minutes and call it a day. King crab really needs nothing else.

       Classic King Crab Recipe 

3-4 lbs of Alaskan king crab legs and claws
1 stick of butter
Lemon wedges for garnish

1 Melt the butter in a small pan and keep warm on its lowest setting.

      2 Set a steamer tray inside a large pot and pour enough water inside to steam   the crab. Remember, you are only reheating the crab, so you will only need about an inch of water, tops. Bring this to a boil before laying the crab legs on the steamer. Cover the pot and steam for 5 minutes.
       3 Remove the crab legs and use kitchen shears to cut the shells. You can either  totally remove the meat from the shell or just get each one started for your guests. Serve with the melted butter.


Enjoy this perfect food.
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  1. Tend to agree. I find it hard to pay the prices that eating establishments require. Go to your local market and purchase these products for a fraction of the price. Crab as well as lobster are so simple to cook and can be enjoyed by you and your family.

  2. We pick up snow crab every time we see it in sale - it outshines lobster in my mind!! Great pictures!

  3. There is an even easier way. Cook your side dishes and make your salad. Our grocery store will steam any seafood item for free. They will add Old Bay, Lemon Pepper, Cajun Seasoning, etc for free.

    This way your house doesn't smell and you have a quick and easy dinner.

    When I was single, I would even run by Wendy's and get a side salad and a baked potato. Cheap dinner fast!


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