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Costco king crab legs with butter

Baked Crab Legs

Posted by: Ari Laing

This is hands down the easiest way to make Baked Crab Legs at home! Instead of boiling in a large pot of water, bake in an oven for 10-15 minutes (depending on which type of crab you use). Once hot, serve with warm melted butter. Perfect for celebrations and holiday meals! GF

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Posted by: Ari Laing
Baked crab legs
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Baked Crab Legs

This is hands down the easiest way to make Baked Crab Legs at home! Instead of boiling in a large pot of water, bake in an oven for 10-15 minutes (depending on which type of crab you use). Once hot, serve with warm melted butter. Perfect for celebrations and holiday meals! GF
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: alaskan king crab legs, costco crab legs, crab legs in oven, king crab legs
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 493kcal
Author: Ari Laing

Equipment

  • Rimmed baking sheet
  • Saucepan, for melting butter
  • Kitchen shears, for cutting shells

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs King crab legs thawed
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • Lemon wedges for serving

Instructions

  • Bake the crab legs. Preheat an oven to 375F. Place thawed king crab legs on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on the size of the crab legs. Crab is done when the shells are very warm to the touch on the outside. Serve immediately with melted butter and lemon wedges)
  • Melt the butter. While the crab is in the oven, place 1 stick unsalted butter in a medium saucepan. Melt over medium heat. Keep warm over low heat until crab is ready. You can either divide this immediately between dipping bowls or remove the milk solids to make clarified butter.
  • If making clarified butter: Continue cooking melted butter over medium-high heat until water fully evaporates and milk solids completely sink to the bottom of the saucepan. Strain through a cheesecloth. Full recipe linked in notes below.

Notes

  • To make clarified butter, check out this great article by Serious Eats.
  • How much crab per person? We recommend about ¾ lb king crab legs per person for dinner, or ~½ lb as an appetizer. If you're serving snow crab, you'll want to up that to 1 lb per person. There's a lot less meat in snow crab! You can double or triple this recipe based on the size of the crowd you're feeding.
  • We recommend thawing frozen crab legs overnight in a refrigerator before baking. Using frozen crab instead? No problem! Simply increase the cook time by about 10 minutes, regardless of whether you're using snow crab, king crab, or dungeness crab.

Nutrition

Sodium: 1007mg | Calcium: 163mg | Vitamin C: 12mg | Vitamin A: 1006IU | Sugar: 1g | Potassium: 1211mg | Cholesterol: 261mg | Calories: 493kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Fat: 26g | Protein: 59g | Carbohydrates: 3g | Iron: 1mg
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