What many people might not know about crab, is that when you purchase it at the store, or at a seafood market, chances are that it’s already cooked. Typically, crabs are cooked on the boat by the fishermen themselves, before being frozen, in order to preserve the rich flavor of the meat and to protect against the growth of harmful bacteria. This means that when you “cook” crab, you’re really only reheating it. Below, we will share with you some of our favorite reheat methods that will ensure your crab maintains its rich flavor and doesn’t become dry.
Steaming crab might just be our favorite way to reheat it. This is because it’s quick, easy, and typically ensures that your crab comes out juicy and ready to be dipped in butter (not to mention, you can steam from frozen). Follow these simple steps to perfectly steam your crab:
- Fill your stock pot with about 1/4 inch of water (or more depending on the size of your legs).
- Add a good dash of Old Bay Seasoning to your water, or try our very own Alaskan Seafood Seasoning.
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Place your crab legs or clusters into the water and cover with a lid.
- Steam 8-10 minutes, or until hot to the touch.
Baking your crab legs is probably the method you’re most familiar with. When baking, you’ll want to thaw your crab legs first, to ensure they don’t dry out in the oven. If you’ve never baked crab before, we’ll tell you how:
- Preheat your oven to 350°.
- Arrange your THAWED crab legs in a deep glass baking dish.
- Pour about a 1/2 inch of water into your baking dish, or enough to partially submerge your crab.
- Cover the dish with tinfoil, and poke a few holes in the top to allow steam to escape.
- Bake your thawed crab legs for 15 minutes.
It’s not a method we use very often, but some of our customers LOVE it! Grilling is the perfect method for those backyard barbecues. It will save you time and clean up when all of the other food you’re preparing is grilled, too. Just like baking, we recommend thawing your crab out first to ensure it remains moist.
- Preheat your grill to high.
- Lightly oil the grill grates.
- Whisk together 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup butter, and minced garlic to taste.
- Brush over four pounds of crab.
- Grill crab for about six minutes, or until shells begin to brown, flipping halfway through.