Snow Crab Legs
Learn how to buy, cook and eat snow crab legs.
The crab legs that you usually see at a restaurant or in the super market are probably snow crab legs. Snow crabs have recently become popular because of the hit show 'Deadliest Catch' were a group of Alaskan fisherman hunt for the elusive opilio crab. Snow crab legs are often cheaper and are much easier to maneuver when it comes to cracking them open and eating the tender flesh inside than other types of crabs. An experienced cracker can retrieve all the meat with only a pair of hands.
SteamingWith the frozen legs covered you'll steam these around 6 to 8 minutes.
BoilingBoiling lets you add spices and seasonings to the water to give your legs some extra flavor. Frozen legs will need to be boiled for approximately 6 to 8 minutes.
BakingWell not really baking, but using the oven as a means to heat. I find this method easy because you can do a large amount at a time. Make a double sheet of aluminum foil, wrap your crab legs in and roll the top up leaving a little hole for steam to get out.
Bake the frozen snow crab at 450 for approximately 14 to 16 minutes. Thawed clusters can be baked at 450 degrees for about 8 to 10 minutes.
MicrowaveWrap the frozen legs in a damp paper towel and cook on the defrost mode for about 5 minutes.
GrillJust like baking enclose your frozen crab legs in a foil wrap or packet, but this time leave it sealed. Place about 4 to 6 inches away from your heat; you want your heat to be about medium-high cook for 14 to 16 minutes.
With grilling you have less control over a exact heat so you might have to leave them on longer.
BroilingPlace the legs on a cookie sheet. Place the cooking sheet 7 to 8 inches away from the broiling element. Broil for approximately 8 to 10 minutes.
Always remember cooking times can vary for many different reasons. Some common sense will help in cooking your snow crab.
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