Sunday, December 27, 2009

Crab Legs

Crab legs are not only delicious, they are incredible easy to prepare. You can buy crab legs in the sea food section of any store. Crab legs are something that tend to go on sale a lot, so if you are interested in making them, be sure to check your local store ads. Our favorite place to buy them is at Costco. On Friday's Costco tends to sell fresh seafood at a kiosk near the regular seafood section. There you can buy fresh crab legs for about 11.99 a pound. You can buy two huge crab legs (which feed my family of five) for 10-12 dollars. This time we bought ours at Smiths, they were on sale for 7.99 lb. The crab legs at Smiths were not even close to as large as the ones at Costco, but I bought four crab legs for about $6 and it fed all five of us.

Crab Legs

Unless you are out catching your own crab legs, all crab legs are pre-cooked, so all you need to do is steam them, the best way to do this is described below.

We like to sprinkle dried dill (or fresh if you have it) all over the crab legs before steaming.

Wrap crab legs completely in a damp paper towel, making sure all parts are covered. Then completely cover that in plastic wrap. You will then place crab legs in the microwave and cook for 2 min.  Do not put more then 3 crab legs in at a time. The crab meat will get perfectly steamed this way. The easiest way to get the crab meat out is the crack the shell with a nut cracker or kitchen shears, then pull the meat out with your fingers, or little forks if you have them.

One reason why crab legs are so delicious is you dip the meat in melted butter before you eat it. You can dip it in just plain butter, but I like to add seasonings to it like garlic salt, cayenne pepper, chili powder and dill. You can be creative though, and do whatever you want!

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