king crab legs + garlic butter

July 17, 2018

I LOVE CRAB LEGS! to me, there is seriously no better dinner than just a whole ton of 'em with a side of butter to dunk them in. they can definitely get a little pricey, but you want to spend the money on the good stuff if you are going to eat them. alaskan king crab legs are the ones to get... they have the best meat [I think] and they are the biggest. I prefer to purchase them at Costco - sometimes they have their seafood stand out where you can purchase as many pounds as you want, usually around $20/lb. however, if you are feeding a bigger party, they have 10 lb. boxes in the frozen section for $210. I personally can eat at least a pound to myself, which would come out to about $21/person. I'm telling you though... it is SO worth it! 

 

I've included 2 different cooking methods below; I prefer to boil mine, especially if they are frozen. I also make the cleanup easy and just throw newspaper or paper bags down on the table and just eat the crab legs right off of there! serve them with some garlic butter and a big bowl to collect the empty shells. 

king crab legs + garlic butter

yields: 4 servings              prep time:10 minutes              bake time: 10-35 minutes

 

INGREDIENTS

4 lbs. Alaskan king crab legs*

¼ cup old bay seasoning 

½ cup [1 stick] butter

1 tsp. garlic powder or 2 tsp. minced garlic

1 lemon, juiced

 

DIRECTIONS

Stovetop Method:

In the largest stock pot that you have, fill it ¾ of the way full and bring to a boil. 

Add ¼ cup of old bay seasoning to the water and stir. 

Place the crab legs into the boiling water and cook for 3-5 minutes [thawed] or 6-10 minutes [frozen], adjusting occasionally with tongs to ensure they heat evenly.

*the length of time is going to depend on the thickness of the crab legs and if the entire leg is not fully submerged in the water, you may need to flip them.

In a small saucepan over medium-heat, heat the butter, garlic [or powder] and lemon juice until melted.

 

Oven Method:

Preheat the oven to 350° and arrange the crab legs in a shallow baking dish in single layers.

Heat up a couple cups of water and whisk in the old bay seasoning. Pour the water into the baking dish, about 1/8 of an inch deep.

Cover the baking dish tightly with foil and bake for 8-10 minutes. 

*again, the length of time is going to depend on the thickness of the crab legs.

In a small saucepan over medium-heat, heat the butter, garlic [or powder] and lemon juice until melted.

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