Monday, February 25, 2013

Snow Crab Legs

Recently, I scored some AWESOME snow crab legs on sale at Winn-Dixie for a whopping $5.99 per pound. This is an INCREDIBLY good deal, considering we pay market price ($18 per pound) for snow crab legs at our favorite Cajun restaurant, Crazy Cajun's Boiling Pot

Snow crab is pretty much always sold frozen, unless you live somewhere like Alaska. The crab is cooked, then flash-frozen, so all you have to do is reheat it. Luckily, it's SUPER easy to cook snow crab - you don't even have to thaw them!

You can actually cook snow crab MANY different ways - you can boil them, steam them, bake them or even microwave them!

Snow Crab Legs

2 lbs frozen snow crab legs
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. I actually used two different pots since I was cooking a large amount of crab.

Add the crab to the pot and let return to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes. Feel free to add any seasonings to the boiling water.

Meanwhile, heat the butter in a small pot over low heat. Once melted, remove from heat and let stand for about 5 minutes, then CAREFULLY pour it through a double layer of cheesecloth. The cheesecloth will catch the milk/fat solids and froth, leaving you with clarified butter. Feel free to add pressed garlic and/or minced parsley.

Drain the crab legs, and serve with the clarified butter for dipping. Snow crab legs have thin shells, so you should be able to crack them easily with your hands. Kitchen shears and nut picks help for getting into any difficult areas!


  1. I AM from Alaska. This is a pretty traditional recipe that everyone knows, but it works! :)

    1. It's hard to beat good seafood in only 5 minutes, too! :)

  2. I LOVE snow crab done at home the best!!
    They are SOOOOO dissappointing in a restaurant - salty, overcooked, and/or dried out-stringy!
    At home they are as close to fresh as we can get, this far from the source!
    Although, I only just bring to a boil, and then drain them(just warmed through)
    In the past, Kroger stores here in Houston have run specials of $3.99/lb.
    Now I am craving snow crab.......
    Thanks for posting!

    1. $3.99 a pound?? Lucky you! We don't even have Kroger stores here in Birmingham, but I think they have them in Auburn (S of here) and I know they have one in Huntsville (N of here)!