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We absolutely love seafood and crab is number one on the list! Crab legs are so incredibly easy to cook, and crab claws are just as simple. You can find them at any local grocery store in the seafood section. Don’t be afraid of frozen seafood, most crab legs available at the supermarket were cooked on the fishing boat immediately after they were caught, and then flash frozen. Because crabbing vessels are often at sea for a long time, and cooking helps ward off unwanted bacteria and germs, this flash freezing helps lock in the flavor.

Keep crab legs or stone crab claws frozen until you are ready to cook them. Generally I buy about 2 pounds of crab legs, about 2-4 legs per person and I include two side dishes for a main course. For crab claws, generally about 4-6 per person.

There are a few different ways to cook crab, but I will show you two of my favorite ways to prepare them: Steaming and Boiling.

To steam the crab, use a large double pot with a strainer. Fill water enough to reach the bottom of the strainer. Bring to a boil and add crab legs or claws. Steam for about 4-5 minutes for smaller snow crab legs, and about 7-10 for king or colossal crab legs. Steam crab claws for about 7-8 minutes. Remember the crab is already pre-cooked, so you are pretty much just re-heating them.

If you don’t have a double pot with a strainer, you can boil them. Bring a large halfway full of water to a boil and cook for the same amount of time. By boiling them you can add lemon juice ,garlic, beer, or a big dash of old bay seasoning to spice it up.

Grab your crab crackers, butter, and enjoy!

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