How to Cook Crab Legs


How to Cook Crab Legs

Crab legs are one of the easiest things to make at home and also one of the most satisfying, especially for a special occasion like New Year’s Eve.  Skip the expensive restaurant mark-ups and enjoy this gourmet treat once you know how to cook crab legs in the comfort of your kitchen or dining room.

Safeway has an amazing sale on crab legs for your New Year’s celebration.  Treat the family to a surf and turf dinner and save boatloads of money in the process.

What Kind of Crab Legs Should I Buy?

There are two main kinds of crab legs available at Safeway.  You can buy snow crab legs or King crab legs.  Snow crab legs are sold in clusters so you’ll have several legs and a claw clustered together. 

The cluster has a ton of crab meat, so don’t throw that away.  The snow crab clusters are significantly cheaper than the king crab legs, and because they have less crab meat and you have to work harder to get to the claw meat. 

King crab legs are much larger and are sold by the individual leg.

Sale on Crab Legs

There two fabulous sale price points on the crab legs at Safeway this week – you can get extra-large snow crab clusters for just $8.99/lb. with a Just for U Digital Coupon.  These are regularly $14.99/lb, so you’ll save $6 per lb.

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If you prefer the King Crab Legs, Safeway has those on sale for $19.99/lb.  The Wild Caught King Crab Legs are regularly $27.99/lb, so you’ll save $8/lb.

3 Ways to Cook Crab Legs

When it comes to cooking crab legs at home, there are three methods one can use – and they are all incredibly simple!  Even the most novice of cooks can easily prepare delicious crab legs with any one of these methods – steaming, boiling or oven broiling.

How to Boil Crab Legs

Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil.  Season the water with 1 tablespoon of salt. 

Submerge the crab legs into the boiling water and boil for 5 minutes.  Remove from the water with tongs and serve with melted butter, lemon wedges, and your favorite seafood seasoning, (we love Old Bay).

How to Steam Crab Legs

Bring a large pot of water to boil.  Place a steamer basket over the boiling water and place the crab legs inside the steamer basket.  Cover the basket with a lid and steam for 5 to 7 minutes.  Remove and serve with melted butter, lemon wedges, and your favorite seafood seasoning.

How to Broil Crab Legs in the Oven

Preheat the oven to broil.  Place the crab legs on a flat baking sheet.  Brush the legs with olive oil or melted butter.  Place the crab legs beneath the broiler about 6 to 8 inches and broil for about 3 to 4 minutes per side, flipping the crab legs halfway through.  Serve with melted butter, lemon wedges, and your favorite seafood seasoning.

How to Get the Crab Meat Out of the Claws

Once your crab legs are cooked, you’ll want to have a nutcracker and a small fork available to help get the crab meat out of the shells and claws.  The snow crabs are typically easy to crack open with your hands, but often the claw is tough to open and will require a tool. 

If you don’t own a nutcracker, you can also use the center part of a manual can opener like a nutcracker or use a pair of kitchen shears to cut the shells to remove the crab meat.




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* Please note – Savings information is based on Colorado pricing and the Safeway Coupon Policy for the Denver Division which includes Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Wyoming and South Dakota. Your market may vary. Prices may vary per location*

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