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The Best Ways on How to Reheat Crab Legs

Platter of King Crab Legs with Butter and Lemon

Do you love eating crab meat ? How about putting an extra effort to reheat the crab legs if you have left over from the other day ? Knowing that crab legs are most of the time sold precooked, it helps in terms of alleviating certain health concerns associated with undercooked seafood.

In connection to that, if you really want to enjoy such a great delicacy, you have to come up with the best ways on how to reheat crab legs. Good to know that once they are fully thawed, there are also different methods of reheating them based on your available time, resources and of course personal tastes. 

How to reheat crab legs? Items Needed and Step-by-Step Procedure

Whatever types of crab legs you have, you will definitely come up with some of the best options to reheat them. You can either steam, boil, bake, grill or microwave them if you want to. There is just a need for you to follow the proper steps of doing so.

Steaming

Steamed Snow Crab Legs

Items Needed

  • Water, 2 cups
  • Sea Salt, 1 tablespoon
  • Steamer pot
  • Colander

Steps
Step 1. Preparation.
In order to steam the crab legs, you must place two cups of water and a tablespoon of sea salt in the steamer pot. This salt will add flavor and will make the water to boil a lot faster. Now, put the pot over a high flame then let it boil. 

Step 2. Cook the crab legs.
Simply place the crab legs in the colander and set it over the boiling water. You have to cover the colander with a lid as for trapping the steam. Cook the crab legs for around 6 minutes or up until you could easily smell the aroma of the cooked crab meat. 

Boiling

How to Boil Crab Legs

Items Needed

  • Large pot
  • Water
  • Sea salt, 2 tablespoons
  • Other seasonings

Steps
Step 1. Boil the water.

You first need to fill a big pot halfway with cold water then add two tablespoons of sea salt. You might as well consider other seasonings that you prefer to the water. Put the pot over a high flame up until it starts to boil. 

Step 2. Add the crab legs.
Once the water begins to boil, you could now add the crab legs. Reduce the heat to a medium setting and let it cook for about 6 minutes. 

Step 3. Drain.
After almost 6 minutes, or once the crab legs are already cooked, remove them from the water and let them drain for about 2 minutes. 

Baking

Items Needed

  • Oven
  • Baking pan
  • Hot water
  • Aluminum foil

Steps
Step 1. Preheating the oven.
First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. And at the same time, you need to arrange the crab legs in the shallow baking pan making sure that they are not stacked or they aren’t overlapped.
Step 2. Add hot water.
Now, you have to add 1/8 inch of hot water then cover the pan using aluminum oil. This would keep the legs moist once you proceed to the cooking process.
Step 3. Bake the crab legs.
And finally, place the covered pan inside the oven and cook it for about 7 to 10 minutes at 350 degrees allowing them to evenly heat throughout. After that, remove them from the oven and allow the crab legs to cool. 

Grilling

Items Needed

  • Grill
  • Olive oil
  • Grill thermometer

Steps
Step 1. Prepare the grill.
Light the charcoal briquettes in the grill allowing them to reach steady smolder.
Step 2. Add olive oil.
At the same time, you also have to baste the crab legs in a thin layer of olive oil for them not to stick on the grilling rack.
Step 3. Grill the crab legs.
Evenly put the crab legs on the grilling rack and cover them. There is a need for the temperature to reach 300 degrees. Measure the temperature using the grill thermometer. Crab legs should be approximately cooked about 5 minutes. After that, turn the crab legs over, re-cover them and cook for additional 5 minutes.
Step 4. Cool them down.
You now have to remove the legs from the grill and allow them to cool for about two minutes. 

Microwaving

Items Needed

  • Microwave-safe container
  • Water
  • Microwave

Steps
Step 1. Preparation.
Put the crab legs in the microwave-safe container. And for every 8 ounces of your crab legs, you simply add a tablespoon of water. Then cover the container.
Step 2. Microwaving the crab legs.
Put the container in the microwave and cook them for about 3 ½ minutes on high for every 8 ounces of the crab legs. Once done, serve and enjoy. 

Tips and Warnings

And for some tips and warnings as you reheat crab legs, consider the following:

  • The above-mentioned reheating methods could be used both for reheating leftover cooked crab legs and newly-bought crab legs. The cooking time might vary based on the size as well as types of crab legs. Compared to larger king crab legs, smaller snow crab legs might cook slightly faster. And also, thawed legs cook a lot faster than frozen crab legs.
  • The use of microwave could be the least desirable option on how to reheat crab legs since it creates overcooked hot spots making the meat less tender and tougher. Indeed, microwave-thawed legs must be warmed and must be immediately served for best results.
  • If you have king crab legs, boiling isn’t recommended since direct exposure to boiling water could lead to soggy meat and will diminish its delicate flavors. 
  • You have to be extra careful not to overcook the crab legs otherwise you will lose its flavor and give the meat a rubbery texture too. If the entire legs have turned bright orange and once they emit strong crabby odor then the flesh inside is definitely cooked. 

These tips and warnings will definitely help you a lot! So, don’t ignore them!

Final Thoughts

Indeed, cooking crab legs is just a matter of using your chosen reheating method. The above-mentioned options are considered to be the most popular and most common ways on how to reheat crab legs

You could also notice that the methods provide simple and easy to follow steps. So all you need to do is to choose which one suits your preference in terms of reheating crab legs.

So, which method will you use? Share your experience here and we are happy to hear your thoughts! Please also leave your comments below!

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  • Nice crab cooking tips. Crab is so expensive that people need to make sure that they don’t undercook or overcook. Thank you for sharing, as this is very common question asked.