How to Cook Frozen Crab Legs
Strictly speaking, you probably won't need to cook those frozen crab legs you purchasedat the supermarket or at the discount club store--it has already been done for you. Youwill just need to heat them up. Make sure you do it properly, though, by following thesetips.You must first thaw the crab legs. Allow them to thaw in your refrigerator overnight;don't make the mistake that many people do of thawing them at room temperature or,even worse, thawing them by zapping in a microwave oven. Thawing at roomtemperature is a bit risky from a food-safety standpoint , and microwaving can overcook crab legs.Once the legs are completely thawed, then you can heat them in the microwave--or in aconventional oven. You can also steam or boil them.
Place crab legs in a microwave-safe pan or on a dish. Cover with a couple of thicknessesof paper towels and heat on high for 2 to 3 minutes.
Fill a large pot 2/3 full of water. Add several shakes of salt and any other seasoning thatyou like. Bring water to a boil. Drop crab legs into the boiling water. Immediately reduceheat and let the pot simmer for 4 to 6 minutes.
Fill a large saucepan with water and bring to a boil on stove. Place crab legs in avegetable steamer or a colander and place over the pan. Allow the legs to steam for 4 or 5minutes.
Heating in an Oven
Heat oven to approximately 420 degrees F. Place crab legs on a baking sheet and place inoven on a top rack. Roast for 4 or 5 minutes.The best crab legs are king crab legs, but most types of crab sold for food have a gooddeal of meat in their legs and especially their claws. Sometimes there is more meat in thelegs than in the body itself.Crab legs are made up of three distinct sections. To get at the meat, just break the sectionsapart at the joints. Then take hold of one of the sections and press it with your thumbs onthe flat side until the shell cracks. You should be able now to remove the shell and pull