King crabs, which are also known as stone crabs, are a superfamily of crab-like decapod crustaceans mainly found in colder seas. There are over a hundred and twenty different species. Because they are so big and have such tasty meat, a lot of species are widely caught and sold for food, the most popular being the red king crab for its flavor. Also popular is the blue king crab, which has giant claws and sweet meat, and the milder-tasting golden king crab which is smaller than the other two.
There are fishing requirements for king crab, as with almost all seafood. They have to be a certain size and only the males are kept for food. King crab legs have a size rating, like shrimp. They are measured by how many legs make up ten pounds, so if the box is labeled 6-9 for example, that means in a ten pound box you can expect to get between six and nine crab legs. King crabs are rich in protein and are carb-free and nearly fat-free.
There are various ways to reheat the crab legs (king crab legs are almost always bought cooked and frozen) including steaming, grilling, or boiling. Baking is another good method and this is especially good if you want to make king crab legs for a crowd. The legs are quite big so they can be difficult to fit in a stockpot. When serving these, make sure you provide some nutcrackers or lobster crackers. You will need them to get into some parts of the crab shells.
- 1 package king crab legs
- 2 lemons
- Hot water, as needed
- Melted butter, to serve
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Arrange the crab legs on a sheet pan.
- Squeeze the juice from the lemons over the legs.
- Pour in enough hot water to just cover the bottom of the pan.
- Wrap the whole pan in foil, so you have a tight enough seal to keep the steam in.
- Put the pan in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until heated through.
- Crack into one of the legs to check if it is hot in the middle.
- Transfer the hot crab legs to a platter.
- Serve with plenty of melted butter for dipping.
King crab legs are often believed to be a fancy food, right up there alongside oysters Rockefeller, caviar, and filet mignon, but they are certainly not difficult to prepare. Most of them are already cooked and frozen so you simply need to reheat them. Serve your king crab legs simply, with lemon juice and melted butter. You do not need anything else to make this fantastic dish, apart from some nutcrackers or lobster crackers, to ensure you can get every last morsel of the delicious flesh out of the shells. Next time you spot some king crab legs in the grocery store, grab them, and you can make this fantastic seafood treat.
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