Cooking King Crab Legs
For all the fancy seafood lovers, one thing that is most popular with them is the king crabs which are also known as stone crabs. Locked behind the hard stone shell is the tender, juicy meat. To some people just thinking of this makes their mouth water. There are more than 40 different species of stone crabs consumed as food. These species include the gold ones, blue ones and the red ones.
Stews, appetizers, soups, and salads are some of the delicacies prepared from the meat of king crabs. One popular dish that we will focus on is the stone crab legs. Steaming, grilling, and baking are some of the ways that this dish can be prepared. Whether you go to your favorite restaurant, or you just prepare them at home, the tastes and delicacies from a fresh pot are overwhelming.
Let us go back to the home of the crabs and see how they are caught. Crabbing is a hard job and thus must be left to the professionals. To prevent the crabs from escaping or causing you harm, their claws must be bound once they are caught. Ensure you have a tank full of water to put the crabs. Do not put the crabs in a tank full of fresh water, they are not fish, so the will die. The crabs can only survive in the water they came from.
Dead crabs cannot be consumed. Once the crab has died and you choose to consume it, you will become very sick. This is because crabs start decomposing the second they die. Therefore even if you do not like it, cook them alive.
The task of cooking king crabs is an easy one. It is not a must you get them directly from the water; you can just stroll to the grocery near you and get one. The king crab legs from the grocery stores are pre-cooked for ease of storage, thus do not overcook them. If you overcook them it will be difficult to eat them since they become rubber chewy.
Use a big covered pot full of boiling water to steam the king crab legs. Steam for approximately 6 minutes and garnish with lemon and butter before serving hot. There is also another way of preparing the king crab legs, and that is baking them for 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. But you must thaw them in water before you bake them.
Another way of preparing the legs is by grilling them for 4 minutes over a moderate heat. A hidden secret in enhancing the flavor to a great extent is using olive oil. Whenever you want to cook any kind of meat, especially seafood, ensure that you choose the best and freshest kind.