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baked crab legs

Baked Crab Legs

Course Main Course


  • large bowl
  • kitchen scissors
  • baking dish
  • small pot
  • pastry brush (optional)


  • Alaskan king crab legs
  • butter (salted or unsalted)
  • seasonings of choice (such as old bay seasoning)
  • fresh lemon wedges
  • seafood crackers (for serving)


  • To begin, you’ll need to defrost your crab legs overnight. Place package of crab legs in a large bowl in the refrigerator for about 8-12 hours. Thawing your crab legs in the fridge ensures that they remain at a safe temperature, keeping freshness and flavor intact
  • Once fully thawed, you can begin cooking
  • Remove thawed crab legs from the refrigerator, making sure that they are fully defrosted
  • Next, you’ll want to split your crab legs to expose the meat
  • Using kitchen scissors, carefully cut the crab shell lengthwise. You may need to separate legs at the joint to make them easier to split
  • Once your crab legs are split, you can preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  • While the oven is preheating, prepare a flavored butter sauce
  • Begin by placing a few tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. To the butter, add seasonings of your choice such as Old Bay, garlic and lemon, or simply salt and pepper
  • Stir the butter and seasonings together until melted
  • Remove from the heat promptly as to not burn the butter
  • Next, arrange your crab legs in a baking dish, spooning the butter sauce overtop. Using a pastry brush or a spoon, spread the sauce evenly over each crab leg
  • Place the baking dish on the center rack of the oven and bake for approximately 15-20 minutes. Check for doneness at the 15 minute mark to ensure that you do not overcook the crab legs
  • Signs of doneness include a sweet, seafood aroma as well as color of the shell and meat. Cooked crab meat will be opaque in color and steaming hot
  • Serve baked crab legs fresh out of the oven with remaining butter sauce and fresh lemons