Crab Legs


For Mother’s Day this year we had a really nice dinner with my family. We were celebrating not only my Mom but the fact that I was about to become a mom myself. Baby post coming soon! But most importantly, we just wanted an excuse to make lots of tasty food. For dinner we made, King crab legs, potato croquettes, a nice salad, pasta, and eclair cake (recipe coming tomorrow). My family just loves to eat! And cook. But mostly eat. Alaskan king crab legs have long been one of my favorite foods. I don’t mess around with that snow crab. Only Alaskan king crab for me. We used to find them on sale pretty often but I haven’t seen a good sale in ages. These were $13.99 a pound which is the best I’ve seen lately so we decided to do it. My parents always say that one of their biggest mistakes was letting me taste their crab legs one night. I think the story goes something like, I ended up eating all the crab legs and one of my parents got stuck with my “kids meal.” Bad move Mom and Dad. I have expensive taste. Where we live, the midwest, truly fresh seafood is rarely available. It is almost always frozen. The only crab legs I have ever seen available in the store are precooked frozen crab legs. To some of you who live in places where fresh crab is available this is probably not a good recipe. But for the rest of us who cannot get really fresh seafood this works just fine. I promise they taste amazing. Crab legs seem like one of those foods that would be difficult to make. At least I would think so. But these really couldn’t be any easier and I do not think they could be any tastier. The idea is to cook them from frozen and steam them. As the crab legs defrost the water steams them so you do not have to add water to the pans. It is really that easy! I like to eat my crab legs with melted butter but they really don’t need anything.

Here is what you’ll need

Add the crab legs to the lined baking sheet

Tent with foil and bake

I promise, it really is that easy!


Crab Legs

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Main Course


  • 3 lb  frozen pre-cooked Alaskan king crab legsbutter meltedfoil


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Line 2 baking sheets with foil.
  • Place the frozen crab legs on the baking sheets in a single layer.
  • Tent the baking sheets with foil. They don’t have to be 100% closed.  Its ok if they are vented a little but you want the foil fairly tight. 
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes. 
  • After 35 minutes check the crab legs, they should be steaming hot. If not, bake an additional 10 minutes.
  • Serve with melted butter.
Keyword crab legs