How Long to Steam King Crab Legs

King crab legs are delicious and easy to prepare. Today’s blog post will teach you how long to steam king crab legs while providing an exquisite steamed king crab leg recipe.

Usually when you buy king crab legs, they’re going to be pre-cooked and flash frozen (unless you live right by where they are being pulled off a boat). This ensures that you get the crab legs at their absolute best flavor as crab meat tends to spoil very quickly. It is best to thaw king crab legs in the fridge for 8-12 hours before you need them. If you need to thaw them on a short turnaround time, you can run them under cold water to help speed the thawing process along.

How Long Do You Steam King Crab Legs?

Because king crab legs are typically fully cooked already, you just need to steam them before eating. A steamer pot with a couple of inches of water and some beautiful Jumbo Alaskan King Crab Legs from Cameron’s Seafood are all you need. Our jumbo sized king crab legs are the biggest, meatiest king crab legs on the market!

It only takes 6-10 minutes to steam king crab legs and then you have succulent crab legs ready to eat with some lemon or garlic butter. You will know your king crab legs are ready when you can smell the crab and they are hot to the touch.

Most king crab leg recipes are simple because you don’t need much to accompany them when you have great crab. You want to bring out the flavor of the crab and not overwhelm it. We turned to this steamed king crab leg recipe from the website For the Love of Cooking. All you need to prepare this recipe is 15 minutes, a couple of pounds of king crab legs, garlic, butter, and some lemon wedges.

Steamed King Crab Legs Recipe

Skill Level: Beginner

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 6-10 minutes

Total Cook Time: 11 -15 minutes

Ingredients Required to make Steamed King Crab Legs

1/2 cup salted butter

1 large clove or 2 small cloves of garlic, minced

2 lbs Jumbo Alaskan King Crab Legs

1 lemon, cut into wedges

Steamed King Crab Legs Cooking Directions

In a small sauce pan, melt the butter and garlic together over low heat. Once melted, keep it over heat on the lowest setting until you are ready to serve it.

Pour a couple of inches of water into a steamer pot and bring it to a boil. Put the king crab legs on the steamer insert and put the insert into the pot. Steam the crab legs for 6-10 minutes. You will know when they are done when you can smell the crab and they are hot to the touch. Remove the crab legs carefully from the insert and serve with the garlic butter and lemon wedges.

Follow this recipe for crab legs, then serve with your favorite steak for a perfect surf and turf meal or simply serve with a nice salad for a lighter meal. Sometimes the most delicious things are the simplest!

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By: Melanie Craighead

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