Steamed crab legs recipe is perfect to use in case of frozen, pre-cooked, crab legs. Read on to get instructions on how to steam crab legs.

How To Steam Crab Legs

Crab legs are considered a delicacy that many people love to indulge their taste buds in! It is seen that crabs have a substantial amount of meat in their legs, especially the claws, sometimes even more than in the body itself. You can easily get cooked, but frozen, crab legs in the market. After purchasing them from the store, all you have to do is microwave, boil or steam them and…they are ready to eat. In the following lines, we have provided instructions on how to steam crab legs. Go through them and start enjoying this delicacy!
Steamed Crab Legs Recipe
Steamer/ Large Pot
3 cups Water
1 tsp Seasoning Salt
Crab Legs
Wire Rack
Melted Butter/ Cocktail Sauce
  • First of all, take a steamer or large pot and pour 3 cups of water in it.
  • Add salt and let the water come to boil.
  • In the meantime, thaw the crab legs well.
  • After the water starts boiling, add thawed crab legs to the steamer basket and cover.
  • In case you are making use of a large pot, place the thawed crab legs in a wire rack and then cover the pot.
  • After covering the steamer/large pot, let the crab legs steam for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • The moment you start getting the aroma of freshly steamed crabs, it means that the crab legs are almost done.
  • After 1-2 minutes, remove crab legs from the steamer/large pot and serve with melted butter or cocktail sauce. 
Steaming Alaskan King Crab Legs
  • Alaskan King Crab Legs
  • Large Pot, with lid
  • Metal Colander
  • Water
  • Kitchen Tongs 
  • The first step would be to take a large pot and fill water one-third of it with water. Make sure that the pot is large enough, so that you can place a colander over it.
  • Apply heat to the pot. Once the water comes to a boil, insert the frozen crab legs into the colander.
  • In case you are cooking large amount of frozen crab legs, the best bet would be to cook them in turns. This is mainly because freezing too many legs at a single time would result in uneven heating from the frozen state.
  • Now, set the colander, filled with the crab legs, over the pot and cover it with a lid.
  • Let the Alaskan king crab legs steam for 10 minutes or slightly longer, until all are heated through. 
Steaming Thawed Crab Legs
  • Alaskan King Crab Legs
  • Large Pot with Lid
  • Metal Colander
  • Water
  • Kitchen Tongs 
  • The first step would be to thaw or melt the frozen crab legs for about 24 hours in the refrigerator. When the legs are perfectly thawed, fill the pot with water. The level of the water should ideally be 1/3rd of the pot.
  • Now, bring the pot of water to a quick simmer or low boil.
  • Now, place the metal colander over the pot and keep the crab legs on it. Since the meat is already thawed, it would take less time to steam it.  
  • After about 5 to 8 minutes, check the crab legs. Know that they are done when the smell of crab meat is noticeable.
  • You can also check for the finished steaming by picking the meat with a pair of kitchen tongs. If the leg is hot, know that it is done and fit for serving.

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