King crab legs, with their sweet meat are ideal for entertaining and special occasions with your family or friends.
King Crab Legs are already cooked when you purchase them as they are cooked on the fishing boats or immediately upon landfall to preserve freshness (the crab is caught, cooked, then blast frozen to preserve its fresh taste). Because of this, King Crab need only to be adequately heated before eating. Remember, that unless you have purchased a live king crab, cooking king crab legs have already been cooked.
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How To Prepare Perfect King Crab Legs:
Fresh King Crab Legs: Only if you live near a crabbing community will you get fresh, raw crab legs.
Amount of King Crab Legs to Purchase: Purchase 8 ounces to 1 pound per person.
Frozen King Crab Legs: It is recommended that crab legs thaw overnight in your refrigerator. If you are in a big hurry, king crab can be thawed under cold running water to speed this up. If you place them on a rack in a watertight container, they can drain as they are defrosting.
Storage: Thawed crab legs can be maintained in the refrigerator for two days, but they should really be cooked as soon as they have been defrosted if possible.
How To Cook King Crab Legs:
Steam Preparation: Let the water in the bottom of the steamer pot come to a boil, then I add the crab legs in the steamer and cover. The crabs will be heated through when you can smell them. I also pick one up with a tong and touch the meaty part just to be sure that it is indeed warm. The best way to get at the meat is to use scissors. I use the kitchen shears that come with knife sets but you can buy one at any kitchen supply store by itself. Just break the crab apart at the obvious places and then cut down the middle. I also have, but is not necessary ,a glove in case the crab is really hot or if it is very spiny.
Taverna Opa’s Steamed King Crab Legs Recipe:
Recipe and photo from the Taverna Opa Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Perfect King Crab Legs Recipe, Taverna Opa’s Steamed King Crab Legs Recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Author: What’s Cooking America
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
3 cups (24-ounces) fish stock*
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly-ground
2 1/2 pounds King Crab legs and claws, cooked and chilled, cracked and legs cut in half crosswise
1/2 cup 80-proof vodka, room temperature
Clarified butter, melted
Use a flambé pan, large skillet, or large chafing dish with rounded, deep sides and a long handle. Over medium, add the butter and let it melt. Add garlic and cook 1 1/2 minutes, until aromatic; do not let it burn. Add stock, salt, pepper, and crab legs. Cover and let simmer 6 minutes.
This may have to be done in batches if all the King Crab Legs do not all fit into the pan at one time. If done in batches, remove the heated legs from the pan and keep them warm until all are heated through. If done in batches, repeat until all are heated.