Easy Steamed Crab Legs

I love me some crab legs!  I am a big seafood fan.  For Mother’s Day I ordered my Mom some crab legs and lobster from a place in Maine.  It was delicious.  I wanted to share how simple it is to steam crab legs.  I find this is the easiest way to cook them, although there are other methods out there.

I always buy the king crab legs.  The little snow crab legs don’t have nearly enough meat for me! This is really fool proof to do, the only thing you can do wrong is over cook them. But as long as you follow the time you’ll be fine!

Easy Steamed Crab Legs

2 lbs Alaskan King Crab legs, thawed or frozen
1 stick salted butter, melted
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 lemon (half juiced, half cut into wedges)
2 t fresh parsley, chopped

Directions: Fill a large pot with about 3-4 inches of water.  Bring water to a boil.  Add in a steamer basket to the pot.  Place the crab legs in the basket and cover.  Steam for about 6-10 minutes.  If they are thawed you will need to steam for about 4-5 minutes if they are still frozen add a few minutes.  Adjust cook time based on side of the legs. Cook until the crab is completely heated.

In a medium bowl add in the melted butter, garlic cloves, parsley and lemon juice. Set aside.

Remove the crab legs from the pot when done and serve with garlic butter and wedges of lemon. Enjoy!



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My name is Julie. I'm 36 years old and living in Chicago! I'm am east coaster at heart. I love to cook and create new dishes. Check out my blog!

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