Alaskan King Crab Legs

The fisheries within Alaska are well known to be very productive worldwide as many people can't help them selves but eat delicacies such as King Crab. Due to the high popularity and reputation of this fishing industry, people know they are getting the best. Among the seafood delicacies here as I have mentioned are Alaskan King Crab Legs. This species dominates all crab species with size and taste. This is a food that people have to try at least once and hopefully learn to love it and cook Frozen King Crab Legs all the time.

King crab is sold in nearly all parts of America and is hard to get in places such as the UK and Europe.

It is mainly Frozen (legs) and sold pre-cooked meaning it is not necessary to cook them for long whenever it comes to you preparing your dish (refer to cooking methods). You really don't want to over cook Alaskan King Crab Legs as they have a unique texture which is a key factor in what makes it so interesting.

In general, all you have to do is warm it up, so for dishes that may take a long time such as a bake in the oven, you may be better waiting till the end before adding it to the dish, thus preserving the quality.

If you decide to keep the legs whole including the shell etc, boil for approximately 9-11 minutes before removing. If you have thawed the meat and have removed the shell, then a good simple recipe is to cut the meat into reasonable chunks and add them to a stir fry. Now for a stir fry, the timing will only have to be the last 2-3 minutes before putting the mixture onto a plate.

Serving King Crab


King Crab

The classic way to serve King Crab though has to be the simple way. This dish would only consist of boiling the crab legs until cooked and serving with butter, lemon juice, salt and pepper as well as a shell cracker for breaking the claws open. This is simply the pure classic way to serve.

How To Buy, Cook And Serve Alaskan King Crab Legs

There are many things to keep in mind when buying king crab. Your first decision will be what kind of crab do you intend to purchase. There are primarily 3 kinds of king crab available on the market: Blue, Golden and Red. The one that is most sought after, because it has such sweet meat, is the red crab. The Blue crab has exceptionally large right legs,  while Golden Crab is usually smaller and easier to find. No matter which type you select though, Alaskan King Crab legs -is a delicacy that will have your guests coming back for more!

Cooking process:

In the majority of cases, the crab that your local shop or market will sell, has already been pre-cooked. Most of Alaska's crab is immediately cooked and then frozen to preserve the taste. Cooking this kind of crab for your guests is thus normally simply a matter of choosing your preferred method of reheating it.

If you bought crab legs in frozen form, the first thing we recommend that you do is to thaw them. Doing this overnight in the refrigerator is the best idea.

If you simply don't have the time, you could speed up the thawing process by holding them under running tap water for a few minutes. To test whether the legs have properly thawed, you should try to bend the legs at the joints - this way you will immediately see if they haven't thawed completely yet.

As you might know by now, there are a number of different ways in which you can reheat the crab. Baking, boiling an steaming are some of the most popular methods. Using one of these methods, it only takes a few minutes - four to eight - to reheat the crabs. Don't forget that, unless you bought fresh, live crabs from the market, the crab you bought has already been pre-cooked.

Be careful thus not to over-cook it, as this will damage both the texture and the taste of the meat.

Serving your Crab Legs

This type of crab can be served in a number of different ways. A very common way to do it, is to serve it together with a dip of warm melted butter. You can of course experiment with the melted butter by adding some crushed garlic, or lemon juice, or any other spices that you think will enhance the taste. Even a few drops of Tabasco sauce might go well with a melted butter dip. It's hard to go wrong with this: you can be virtually sure that your Alaskan King Crab Legs will be a hit with your guests!

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