Alaskan King Crab Baked Crab Legs Recipe

Baked Alaskan King CrabBaked Alaskan King Crab

Crab legs are my go to seafood dish for so many reasons.

Not only are they incredibly flavorful, but they're also incredibly versatile. You can make them in a variety of different dishes including soups, salads, and pastas. They also don't take too long to prepare and once cooked, are easy to pick apart with a fork or shell cracker.

Plus, their sweet and salty taste pairs perfectly with any sauce you may choose. I love how easy it is to find delicious recipes featuring crab legs and how quickly I can whip up an amazing meal with them!

For the baked crab legs recipe below, I prefer Alaskan King crab or Dungeness crabs.  Mainly because it is much easier to harvest the meat from the Alaskan crabs.  The recipe that  follows is as quick and easy as it gets.  All you really need is 2 pounds of Alaskan King crab legs and some melted butter. 

For starter just head over to your local grocery store and buy crab legs that are still frozen -- frozen king crab legs work best.  

Allow the Alaskan king crab legs to thaw in the refrigerator for 8 hours or more before you attempt to bake them.

Can wait the 8 hours for the crab legs to thaw?  

If you are hungry or starving to eat crabs there is a shortcut to thawing out the crabs.  

Just place the crab in a sink of cold water and allow them to thaw out. Once thawed drain away the water and let the crabs sit in the sink before following the recipe instructions listed above.  Enjoy these good eats.

Recipe for Baked Crab Legs

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds alaskan king crab legs
  • melted butter
  • crab boil or cajun seasoning blend (optional)
  • cocktail sauce (optional)

Recipe Instructions:

  1. When you're ready for some good seafood eating, go ahead and preheat your oven to 400 degree Fahrenheit. Once the oven is preheated, place the Alaskan King Crab legs into a baking pan and bake for 10 minutes.
  2. Before baking, if desired sprinkle crab legs generously with crab boil or cajun seasoning blend, for a little spice.
  3. After 10 minutes of baking, remove the crab legs from the oven and serve them with some melted butter or your favorite cocktail sauce -- I prefer melted butter.

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You've made it this far, so I'm convinced you are ready to prepare some crab legs. May I offer you a word of additional advice? You should not eat crab legs alone. For an even better meal and enjoyable dining experience it is a good idea to prepare some other seafood dishes.

I few seafood dishes to try include: 

But don't just take my word for how great these recipes are. You'll have to see for yourself and the only way to truly know for sure is to try out each recipe. If you are feeling adventurous, buy some local seafood and