How to Cook Cooper’s King Crab Legs

When you purchase Cooper’s Alaskan King Crab, it comes pre-cooked, glazed, and frozen. The king crab is typically cooked either on the fishing boats or immediately upon reaching land to preserve its fresh, delectable flavor. To enjoy it, simply thaw the legs and reheat before indulging.

Upon receiving your crab legs, start by placing them in the refrigerator overnight for thawing (8-12 hours). The following day, they’ll be ready for reheating and preparation.

Cooking king crab legs is a straightforward process that takes only a few minutes. The method you choose depends on the flavor you desire. Here are some popular ways to cook king crab:

Many of these recipes are quite simple; often, a combination of three drops of hot sauce in butter is sufficient to bring out the wonderful taste of fresh king crab! Most of them require a reheating time of just 5-10 minutes to avoid the risk of overcooking. If you’re incorporating crab into a stew or soup, add it during the final 5 minutes of the cooking process.

When preparing frozen king crab legs, it’s important to note that they are usually pre-cooked and simply need to be heated. To achieve this, we recommend placing the frozen crab legs in a colander or steamer over rapidly boiling water. Alternatively, there are a few other methods you can explore, and we’ll guide you through them below.

Recipe: Steamed King Crab Legs

Steaming is an excellent method for preparing king crab legs, preserving their natural flavors. Follow these simple steps for a delightful culinary experience:

– 2 cups of water
– 1 tablespoon of salt
– King crab legs


  1.  Fill a pot with water, adding 2 cups of water and 1 tablespoon of salt. Bring the water to a boil. Ensure that the pot is filled to about one-third of its capacity with water.
  2. Place a rack or colander over the boiling water in the pot. Arrange the king crab legs on the rack or colander, ensuring they are not submerged in the water.
  3. Cover the pot with a lid to trap the steam. Allow the crab legs to steam for six to ten minutes or until they are thoroughly heated. You may observe a “cooked odor” as an indicator that the crab legs are ready to be enjoyed.
  4. Serve the steamed king crab legs with sides such as garlic butter and lemon wedges for added flavor.

Recipe: Grilled King Crab Legs

Grilling adds a delightful smoky flavor to king crab legs, making it a perfect choice for outdoor dining on warm days. Follow these simple steps for a delicious grilled king crab leg experience:

– King crab legs
– Olive oil
– Butter or sauce for serving


  1.  Preheat your grill to 300°F (about 150°C).
  2. Brush olive oil on all sides of the king crab legs to prevent sticking on the grill.
  3. Place the crab legs on the hot grill and cook for approximately five minutes. Turn the crab legs over and continue grilling for an additional five minutes, ensuring they are heated all the way through.
  4. Once the crab legs have a delicious char and are thoroughly heated, carefully remove them from the grill.
  5. Serve the grilled king crab legs with your choice of butter or sauce for dipping.

Enjoy the smoky, grilled goodness of king crab legs as a fantastic addition to your outdoor dining experience!

Recipe: Baked King Crab Legs

Baking king crab legs is a delightful way to infuse them with the rich flavors of herbs and lemon. This easy recipe ensures a burst of savory goodness in every bite. Here’s how to bake king crab legs to perfection:

– King crab legs
– Herbs (such as parsley or thyme)
– Lemon wedges


  1.  Preheat your oven to 350°F (about 175°C).
  2. Place the king crab legs in a shallow baking pan in a single layer for even cooking.
  3. Pour hot water into the pan, creating a shallow layer of about 1/8 of an inch deep.
  4. Sprinkle herbs, such as parsley or thyme, over the crab legs for added flavor.
  5. Cover the baking pan with aluminum foil to seal in the flavors.
  6. Bake the crab legs in the preheated oven for eight to ten minutes, allowing them to heat thoroughly.
  7. Once baked to perfection, carefully remove the pan from the oven.
  8. Serve the baked king crab legs with lemon wedges on the side for a zesty touch.

Discover the simplicity of preparing baked king crab legs and savor the delicious infusion of herbs and lemon.


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