How to Eat Crab Legs

Crab Legs – An Eating Guide.

How to Eat Crab Legs – When it comes to eating crab legs, you can either go for the hot or cold option. The former is perhaps less traditional than the latter, but if you’re looking for something with a little extra flavor, heat is the way to go. Either way, all crab legs must be thawed first before they can be prepared.

Purchase crab legs.

  • Purchase crab legs from a reputable seafood store
  • Buy them from a seafood market
  • Buy them from a grocery store
  • Buy them from a restaurant (if you don’t want to be bothered with cooking it yourself)
  • Buy them from a fish store (or any other place that sells seafood)

Thaw the crab legs.

  • Thaw the crab legs. To safely thaw your frozen crab legs in the refrigerator, use cold water (not hot or warm). Place them in an airtight container and submerge them under about two inches of cool tap water for 24 hours. If you don’t have access to a full sink of cold water, fill a plastic bag and place it inside another bag filled with ice cubes; seal that bag securely, then place it and the crabs inside another gallon-size freezer bag; repeat until all your crabs are safely packed away in ice packs.
  • If you’re short on time or need to speed up the process, you can also use a microwave or freezer to thaw your crab legs. However, be careful not to cook them by accident! Stirring once every minute while cooking on medium power can help keep everything evenly cooked throughout. And if possible (or necessary), avoid thawing at room temperature because this increases risk of bacterial growth—and nobody wants that!

Cook the crab legs.

Once you’ve picked out your crab legs and have them in the fridge, it’s time to cook them. It depends on the recipe, but most recipes will instruct you to boil or steam cook the crab legs for a certain amount of time. You can tell if your crab is done by checking the meat: when it is bright orange and pops off easily from its shell, it’s done!

When serving these delicious treats, keep in mind that they are messy and can splatter hot water all over you while cooking. A good idea would be wearing an old shirt while working at home so that nothing gets ruined by any flying shells or liquids being thrown around during preparation.

Serve the crab legs.

Once the crab legs are cooked and you’ve had a bite or two, it’s time to serve them. There are many ways to serve crab legs, but the most common is with a dipping sauce.

There are several different types of dipping sauces that go well with crab legs. The first type is a sweet mustard or horseradish sauce. This should be served cold and can be made in advance by mixing together equal parts Dijon mustard and mayonnaise with some sugar for sweetness if desired. The second type is an Asian-inspired sweet chili sauce that can also be prepared ahead of time by combining equal amounts of chili paste (found in your local grocery store), honey and ginger juice — just squeeze out the pulp from a piece of fresh ginger root into a bowl then add the remaining ingredients until smooth (you can also use bottled chili sauce instead if making from scratch). Finally there’s melted butter which pairs perfectly with steamed soft shell crabs but isn’t quite as flavorful when used on hard shell varieties like Alaskan king crabs because they don’t have delicate meat like soft shells do; still good though!

You can eat crab legs either hot or cold, but if you eat them cold, you should thaw them first.

You can eat crab legs either hot or cold, but if you eat them cold, you should thaw them first. If you want to serve them hot, the best thing to do is melt some butter in a pan and saute the legs for about 5 minutes on each side. You can also add hot sauce to taste for extra flavor.


We hope that you’ve enjoyed this guide and learned how to properly eat crab legs without breaking anything. We can all agree that nothing is worse than being a public place and having to use your teeth to break apart a crab. It’s not pretty, and it can be quite embarrassing. So, the next time you’re out having a night on the town or celebrate a special occasion at home, remember these helpful tips! Just follow these steps carefully – it shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes – then dive in with both hands!