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How to Cook Crab Legs in the Oven

How to Cook Utterly Delectable Crab Legs in the Oven

Learn how to cook crab legs in the oven and spend less time in the kitchen. Here's an article that will help you with finding delicious recipes and methods of cooking crab legs...
Sheetal Mandora
Last Updated: Mar 7, 2018
Cooking crab for the very first time may seem challenging. And quite frankly, whenever you try your hand at a new recipe or ingredient, you could face certain 'issues'. But, but, but... before you put your plans of cooking crab legs on the back burner, we have some exciting news. You can learn how to cook crab legs in the oven and save a whole lot of stress, time, and energy. I think this sounds like a better option than forsaking the dinner plans altogether. So why wait any longer! Let's get to the delicious recipes mentioned in this article that help you learn cooking crab legs in the oven.
Cooking Crab Legs in the Oven
It is not just the time it takes to cook crab legs, but the recipe and ingredients you use in them that affect the cooking time. By altering the oven's temperature, the crab legs will cook at different times. As many seafood items don't require a whole lot of time to cook, even crab legs, placed in a preheat oven at 400ºF will be ready in about 10 to 15 minutes. All you have to do is place them on an aluminum foil and cover it. This way, the delicious flavor and aroma of crab doesn't escape.
Crumbly King Crab Legs
  • 4 large king crab legs
  • ½ cup garlic butter
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Salt and black pepper, for taste
Before we begin with our first king crab legs recipe, preheat the oven at 400ºF. Meanwhile, cut the crab legs in half and slit them open lengthwise. With a basting brush, spread the garlic butter evenly over the meat, where you made the slits. In a bowl, combine breadcrumbs with salt and black pepper. Generously sprinkle breadcrumbs mix from top and place the crab legs on a baking sheet. Keep the oven settings at 'broil' and keep the sheet in the oven. Broil the crab legs for about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove them from the oven and serve immediately. You can even drizzle some fresh lime juice on top.
Spicy Peppery Crab Legs
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 8 scallions, chopped
  • 4 red jalapeño peppers, chopped
  • 3 lbs. snow crab legs
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Thinly sliced ginger, for taste
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, in cubes
  • Salt and black pepper, for taste
  • Cooked white rice, for serving
Cook snow crab legs as mentioned above (wrapped in aluminum foil). Meanwhile, take a skillet to add 2 tablespoons red jalapeño peppers with vegetable oil and butter; let it roast for couple of minutes (make sure they don't burn). Next, add garlic, ginger, scallions, sugar, salt, and black pepper in. Mix everything properly and let it cook for about a minute. Once the crab legs are ready, add them in the skillet with oyster and soy sauce. Toss everything thoroughly and cook for 5 minutes. When all the ingredients are mixed well, transfer on a platter and serve with a bowl of white rice.
Deliciously Drunken Crab Legs
  • 3 lbs. Alaskan king crab legs
  • 3 bottles ale (your choice)
  • 3 lemons, cut in half
  • 1 head garlic, split in half
  • Melted butter, for serving
  • Salt and black pepper, for taste
In this recipe, we don't just cook the crab legs in the oven, but also steam it later on. Cook snow crab legs as mentioned above (wrapped in aluminum foil). Meanwhile, take a pot with a steamer insert. We will boil ale, lemons, and garlic head halves in it. Keep the heat at low-medium and when the crab legs are ready, add them inside the pot with salt (do a taste test). Cover the pot and let all the flavors mix well. After 5 minutes, remove the crab legs and baste with melted butter. Serve them hot.
I hope that the above mentioned recipes were clear enough to know how crab legs are cooked in the oven with delicious flavors. In all actuality, even if you place crab legs in the oven and then baste them with lemon juice, salt, black pepper, garlic, and butter, you'll get the amazing flavors. Remember, there's no need to overcook the crab legs.
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