How to Reheat Crab Legs So None of That Deliciousness Goes to Waste

Don’t let leftover crab legs go to waste! Reheated crab legs can be just as mouthwateringly delicious as freshly cooked crab. The trick to warming crab legs is to use a method that won’t dry out the meat. There are four tried-and-true methods that you can use to heat up cooked crab legs that will make it delectably juicy.

boiling crab legs for crab meat in new london ct#1. Boil Cooked Crabs Legs

Boiling is an excellent way to reheat leftover crab that’s still in the shell. It just takes 10 minutes! Follow these steps to reheat crab legs on your stovetop.

  1. Fill a large pot about two thirds full of water. Add a pinch of salt to the water.
  2. Turn the burner on high and cover until the water is boiling.
  3. Add the crab legs once the water is boiling. Use tongs to submerge the legs. Make the water is completely covering them.
  4. Boil the legs, adjusting them with the tongs as needed.
  5. After four to five minutes, use the tongs to remove the legs from the water and serve!


#2. Steam Cooked Crabs Legs

Steaming is an excellent way to reheat crab legs because it leaves them tasting fresh and juicy. It is even fasting than boil them.

  1. Fill a large pot with about two inches of water. Place a steamer or colander over the water. (Make sure that there is space between the steamer or colander and the water).
  2. Cover the pot and heat over high until the water is boiling.
  3. Place crab legs in the steamer or colander and cover with a lid.
  4. Remove them from the heat using tongs after six to eight minutes.

#3. Bake Cooked Crabs Legs

You can also steam crab legs in the oven to reheat them. This slow heating method is especially suitable for frozen crab.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Arrange the crab legs on the bottom of a deep glass baking dish. (The crab can be frozen or thawed).
  3. Pour enough water into the baking dish to partially submerge the crab legs (around ½ an inch).
  4. Tear off a sheet of aluminum foil and cover the baking dish with it. Poke a few holes in the tops so that some steam can escape.
  5. Bake thawed crab legs for 15 minutes or frozen crab legs for 25 minutes.
  6. Remove the baking dish from the oven and serve!

King Crab Legs | America's Favorite Seafood#4. Microwave Cooked Crabs Legs

Microwaving crab legs is the quickest way to reheat them. If you follow these five simple steps, they will turn out tender and delicious instead of rubbery.

  1. Dampen a piece of paper towel for each bundle of crab legs. Wrap each bundle in a damp paper towel.
  2. Wrap a piece of plastic wrap around the paper towel. Make sure it’s well-sealed.
  3. Place one bundle of crab legs at a time in the microwave. Heat for 2 minutes.
  4. Use a potholder or tongs to safely remove the crab legs from the microwave.
  5. Unwrap and serve!

Do you have more questions about how to enjoy crab? Stop by City Fish Market to ask one of our seafood specialists! We have the largest selection of restaurant-quality seafood in Connecticut, including King crab and snow crab. We love to share tips and tricks with our customers that help you satisfy your crab cravings!

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