How to Cook King Crab Legs

 King crab legs are a delicious and decadent seafood treat that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Whether you're hosting a fancy dinner party or just want to indulge in a tasty meal, cooking king crab legs is easier than you might think. In this article, we'll teach you how to cook king crab legs to perfection.

Cooked King Crab Legs


  • 1 pound of king crab legs
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Step 1: Thaw the Crab Legs

Before you can cook king crab legs, you need to make sure they're fully thawed. You can do this by placing them in the refrigerator overnight or placing them in a bowl of cold water for a few hours. Make sure to remove any packaging before thawing.

Step 2: Preheat the Oven

Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C).

Step 3: Melt the Butter

In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic powder and lemon juice, and stir to combine.

Step 4: Season the Crab Legs

Season the crab legs with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 5: Cook the Crab Legs

Place the crab legs in a baking dish and brush them with the melted butter mixture. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the crab legs are heated through.

Step 6: Serve and Enjoy

Remove the crab legs from the oven and serve them with additional butter and lemon wedges, if desired. Enjoy!

Pros and Cons of Cooking King Crab Legs

- Delicious and decadent- Can be expensive
- Easy to prepare- Can be messy to eat
- Versatile and can be cooked in a variety of ways- Not suitable for those with shellfish allergies


Q: How do I know when the crab legs are fully cooked?

A: The crab legs will turn a bright red color and the meat should be opaque and flaky when fully cooked.

Q: How do I store leftover crab legs?

A: Store leftover crab legs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Q: Can I cook king crab legs on the grill?

A: Yes, you can grill king crab legs by brushing them with butter and seasoning and grilling them for about 5-7 minutes per side.

Q: Are king crab legs healthy?

A: King crab legs are a good source of protein and contain essential vitamins and minerals, but they are also high in cholesterol and sodium, so they should be enjoyed in moderation.