You Feel Like Eating With Your Hands

June 3, 2009 by

Who needs silverware?

Sometimes it's fun to eat with your hands!  Ribs, fried chicken, peel and eat shrimp ...

You're thinking of doing something fun like that for dinner.

But you don't want to spend all night cooking or have to put in a lot of work.

You've already worked a full day!

Today I'm doing something a little different.  I originally just planned to film this information as a "how to," but our dinner was so great last night, I just had to share the idea with you.  As simple as it is!

Now I know most people go out for crab legs.  But once you make them at home, you'll never go out to get them again.

To start, they are so easy to make, you'll be sitting down to dinner before you even could drive to the local Crab Shack.

Plus, and this is a big one, it's SO much cheaper to make them at home!

Snow crab season just closed, so the stores are flooded with delicious, fresh snow crab legs for super cheap.  (Last night's dinner cost us $8 for four crab clusters!)

Pair them with some corn on the cob and you have a fabulous crab dinner for two for about $10.  And you'll be sitting down to dinner in about 15 minutes.

What's not to love!

So the next time you feel like eating with your hands, swing by the store on your way home and grab some crab legs and corn on the cob. You'll have the perfect recipe for a delectable crab dinner.

Until our next meal,


How to Cook Crab Legs

Crab legs from the grocery store are almost always sold already cooked and then frozen, to ensure the flavor of the meat.  When you're preparing, you're simply reheating them.  So it's important you make sure you don't overcook them.

Crab Legs

Crab Legs

Buy 8 ounces to one pound of crab legs per person.  Remember the shell is included in the weight!

And then choose your cooking style!  Here are four easy ways to make them:

How to Boil Crab Legs

  1. Fill a large saucepan halfway with cold water.
  2. Bring the water to the boil and then drop the crab legs in.
  3. Reduce the heat slightly and simmer the crab legs for 5 - 7 minutes.
  4. Remove from the water and rinse the crab legs.
  5. Serve hot with melted butter and fresh lemon wedges on the side.

How to Steam Crab Legs

  1. Pour 2 cups of water in a steamer or a large pot.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of salt and bring to a boil.
  3. Add the crab legs, placing them onto a rack in the bottom of the pan or into a steaming basket.
  4. As the water starts to boil again, begin timing, and steam the crab legs for 5-7 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and serve hot with melted butter and lemon wedges.

How to Bake Crab Legs

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Crack the crab legs and place them on a cookie sheet.
  3. Brush the crab legs with butter or oil, seasoning and lemon juice and bake in the oven for 8 - 9 minutes.

How to Microwave Crab Legs

  1. Wrap the crab legs in a damp paper towel and cook on high for 2 - 3 minutes.
  2. Serve hot with butter, cocktail sauce or lemon wedges.

Never eaten crab legs before?  Here are two ways to crack them and get the meat out.

Cracking Crab Legs With Your Hands

Breaking Into the Crab Shell with a Fork

And if you're looking for a super easy way to make corn on the cob, check this video out. I'm talking 2 minutes here!

The Easiest Way to Make Corn on the Cob