Monday, May 11, 2015

King Crab Legs - How To

King crab legs are our favorite,
special meal, so of course, we served
them for Mother's Day.

For seafood lovers like us, these are the top of the
list, huge chunks of crab, that are sweet, and meaty.

I always have people asking me
how to cook them.  These are from
Costco's seafood special, so they come
frozen.  These are their largest, size 9/12.

Really, you are just reheating them,
but too little, and they are still cold,
too much, and they are dried out.

So the easiest answer is on a pan,
in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes,
but that leaves the house smelling pretty

So here is one easy way to cook them,
and have a fresh smelling house when
company arrives.

Start by wrapping your big baking sheet
on the bottom with foil, so that you don't
end up with a black pan.  Mine is shiny
and new, and I definitely didn't want to
blacken it.  Place the crab legs on the
pan and place on a pre-heated grill.  I turned
on both burners to high.  Cover the grill and
let the legs heat for 20 minutes.  Check to see
if they are hot by touching the meat on the

Remove and serve while warm.

We like ours with melted butter, lemons and limes
and a wedge of sourdough bread.  I don't clarify
the butter.  I like the flavor of the butter solids.
We also don't cut the bread, everyone likes to
tear off pieces.

So the proper way to eat King Crab Legs
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1. Dip the crab in melted butter.
2.  Squeeze fresh lemon or lime on the crab.
3.  Place the crab on a piece of warm sourdough bread.
4.  Place the above morsel in your mouth and savor the
combinations of salty, sweet, and sour.

Now that is pretty easy and pretty delicious!

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  1. My entire family except for me (alas, no seafood) would be right there for that feast. When you showed your crab-feast at a holiday occasion, your table-scape was absolute perfection, and all the linens pristine and beautiful, and I had visions of buttery fingers and crabby smears on SOMETHING, even with my group on their VERY BEST manners.

    That was much like my astonishment at Martha Stewart's serving of whole lobsters with crackers and picks at an absolutely exquisite tented wedding lunch, with all the guests in such lovely fashions and the bridesmaids in pale teal charmeuse slip dresses. I saw only the BEFORE, and wonder how that went.

    We're a fairly tidy group, but most of our shrimp or crab boils are relegated to the back yard, with lengths of newspaper-over-visquine down the length of the table, and great kettles of shrimp, crab, corn, potatoes, kielbasa, chicken, baby carrots and onions drained and piled higgledy-piggeldy on huge platters amongst scattered lemon halves, bowls of sauces and coleslaw and loaves of bread.

    Then heaps of rolled lemon-water towels steamy from the microwave are passed out just before dessert.

    I think your arrangement is simply marvelous and beautiful, and think we'll have just that when our guests arrive first of June, with lots of lemony towels, of course. Lovely idea.


  2. Gorgeous pictures. It looks so simple. Great idea for Mother's Day. Joni

  3. Thanks so much for sharing this! I happen to love King crab legs and I often see them at Costco. When I lived in Southern Ca. there waas aa favorite restaurant I went to, that served these beauties. I will give this a try....Your photyos are amazing!

  4. Yummmy! I could eat that right now! Thanks for the detailed directions I'm going to do this !

  5. That just looks so good! We had King Crab legs on Sunday at Mothers' Day brunch and they were very well-received! I am glad to have the tip about reheating them in the grill - great idea.

  6. They're our go-to formal meal too Jackie. I have never done them on the grill though. Great idea. I love the crab so much, I put up with the smell. Hope things are well with you.

  7. I have a package of crab legs in the freezer so this is perfect timing! And I prefer that my house doesn't smell crabby :-) Will be trying this!

  8. Ooooh, these crab legs are divine! Gorgeous photos!


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