How To Eat Snow Crab Legs

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How To Eat Snow Crab Legs

You can watch how these delectable crustaceans are caught by watching the popular television program, Deadliest Catch. It will give crab aficionados a better appreciation of the risks fisherman take to get these tasty treats to the table.

Different Types Of Crabs

Crabs usually seen on a restaurant menu are snow crabs, king crabs, Dungeness crabs, and stone crabs, to name just a few. Snow crabs have recently become popular because they are often served at all-you-can-eat Chinese buffets. They are much easier to maneuver when it comes to cracking them open and eating the tender flesh inside than other types of crabs. A simple nutcracker is all you need to get started on your seafood feast.

Step 1: Preparing The Snow Crabs For Eating

Find the biggest pot in the kitchen and add approximately 2 inches of water. You can buy the snow crab legs fresh or frozen. If you have sea salt, add for flavor; if not, regular table salt will do.

Step 2: Once The Water Boils

When the water has come to a rolling boil, add your crab legs. Cover the pot with a lid. If you find that the legs prevent you from properly closing the top, use tin foil to cover. Once the water returns to a boil, steam the snow crab for at least 10 minutes. If you spot a layer of ice on the snow crabs, steam for more time to ensure they are cooked thoroughly. Those making king crab legs should boil them for 15 minutes.

Step 3: Let Them Cool

When the cooking time is up, drain the snow crab legs from the water and let them cool for a few minutes, as they will be extremely hot. While you are waiting for them to cool, crush a clove of garlic and add it to unmelted butter in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave until it melts, and blend butter and garlic; add some fresh pepper if you like.

Step 4: Taking That First Bite

Use a cracker to break open the claw portion of the snow crab legs. You can easily snap the thinner legs with your fingers. The meat typically comes out in one large chunk, unlike other types of crab legs that come out in flaky pieces which are difficult to eat. If you are health conscious, do not eat snow crabs with butter.

Your Next Party: Floor Your Guests With Snow Crab Legs

Serve piping hot snow crabs at your next party, and you will surely be the talk of town. They are fairly inexpensive, can be prepared quickly and easily, and cleaning up is a snap. Instead of making many different elaborate finger foods, serve snow crab legs with egg rolls and wonton soup. It is a simple menu to put together, and the guests are sure to love each and every bite.

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Comments

  1. hoboclown said,

    on April 18th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    I bake them at 350 for 15 minutes, this keeps the flavor in the meat

  2. diane allen said,

    on March 17th, 2009 at 7:33 am

    i bought 3lbs of cooked snow crab. i don’t see what the hype is about? i got a little meat out of the what are they called? legs? claws. and threw out the bulk of them. i’m sure there must be something i am missing, but to me it was a waste of money to get a few morsels of crab meat. i used to buy real crab meat in cans that had big chunks and was sweet. but this istsy bitsy stuff is a waste of time and money.