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Cooked Crab Legs topped with a couple of lemon wedges on a white plate.
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How to Cook Crab Legs

Crab legs are one of the easiest things to make at home. Skip the expensive restaurant mark-ups and enjoy this gourmet treat at home. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Keyword: Crab Legs
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 clusters Snow Crab legs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges.

Instructions

How to Boil Crab Legs

  • Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Season the water with 1 tablespoon of salt, if desired. Submerge crab legs into the boiling water and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from water and serve with melted butter, Old Bay seasoning, and lemon wedges for squeezing over meat.

How to Steam Crab Legs

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place a steamer basket over the boiling water. Place crab legs in steamer basket. Put lid on to cover and steam 5-7 minutes. Remove and serve with melted butter, Old Bay seasoning, and lemon wedges for squeezing over meat.

How to Broil Crab Legs in the Oven

  • Preheat your oven on the broiler setting. Place crab legs on a baking sheet. Brush legs with melted butter or olive oil, if desired. Place tray 6 to 8 inches beneath the broiler and broil 3 to 4 minutes per side flipping halfway through. Serve hot with melted butter, Old Bay seasoning, and lemon wedges for squeezing over meat.

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