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I saw some huge crab legs at Sams Club last week. I dont know anything about seafood , I also hate seafood.
Im thinking about buying some for a relative I know who likes seafood. After seeing them , I thought that would be something really good to make for someone who likes that sort of thing. I couldnt stomach making most seafoods but crab legs seem OK. A whole crab or lobster would just be too gross.

I think these legs were huge though around 24 inches. I could be way off as I said I hate seafood except for shrimp and fish and chips. I think the price was $10 for 1 lb. I maybe off there too. Does that sound reasonable? How many pounds would a normal person eat? Whats a good way to prepare it? I saw some recipes and all they did was boil them for 4 min and then you serve it with some sauce. Is that a complete meal? What else goes good with crab legs?

Perhaps someone knows a takeout place thats reasonable that makes premade seafood.



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Radford said: [Q]I saw some huge crab legs at Sams Club last week. I dont know anything about seafood , I also hate seafood.
Im thinking about buying some for a relative I know who likes seafood. After seeing them , I thought that would be something really good to make for someone who likes that sort of thing. I couldnt stomach making most seafoods but crab legs seem OK. A whole crab or lobster would just be too gross.

I think these legs were huge though around 24 inches. I could be way off as I said I hate seafood except for shrimp and fish and chips. I think the price was $10 for 1 lb. I maybe off there too. Does that sound reasonable? How many pounds would a normal person eat? Whats a good way to prepare it? I saw some recipes and all they did was boil them for 4 min and then you serve it with some sauce. Is that a complete meal? What else goes good with crab legs?

Perhaps someone knows a takeout place thats reasonable that makes premade seafood.

They are probably Alaskan King Crab legs (or maybe the cheaper snow crab legs), we get them at Costco for I think $12.99 a pound and they are fully cooked. I would suggest rinsing them in clean water and letting them soak a little to clear off the salt because they are salty. Then I think you just need to drop them in boiling water for 5 to 8 minutes to reheat them.
http://www.fishermansexpress.com/buying-king-crab.html

Gotta add Old Bay Seasoning to the water when you boil them. Gives them some more flavor. Serve with melted butter to dunk them in. We usually just eat crab legs alone, with nothing else. It's too messy to try to start adding side dishes, plus you want to eat the crab, not fillers.

Crab should be bought from a fresh fish shop. Otherwise you get mushy watery meat. You got a pot thats 24" long?

it sounds like it is King crab, which is night-and-day better than regular snow crab or crab clusters.
$10 a pound is a good sale price for King Crab.
It always will come fully cooked, and you DON'T want to reboil it.
Here is what you do.
You make bundles of 3 legs and wrap them in damp/wet paper towels. You then wrap the bundles completely in saran wrap. You then microwave the bundle for about a minute & a half. You have just perfectly steamed the legs and have not overcooked them- which would ruin them.
You are done-Enjoy!

handyguy said: [Q]Crab should be bought from a fresh fish shop. Otherwise you get mushy watery meat. You got a pot thats 24" long?

Wrong...
How many fresh fish shops can get "local fresh fished" King Crab...
NONE! All the King Crab comes from the same place, and it is always fully cooked as soon as it gets ashore and then quick frozen and shipped out to all distributors and seafood/grocery stores and restaurants

The one's at Sams are actually from Russia.

Pornfan said: [Q]handyguy said: [Q]Crab should be bought from a fresh fish shop. Otherwise you get mushy watery meat. You got a pot thats 24" long?

Wrong...
How many fresh fish shops can get "local fresh fished" King Crab...
NONE! All the King Crab comes from the same place, and it is always fully cooked as soon as it gets ashore and then quick frozen and shipped out to all distributors and seafood/grocery stores and restaurants

Alot of people don't know that the orangey color that comes out in the shells happens during the cooking process <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

Pornfan said: [Q]it sounds like it is King crab, which is night-and-day better than regular snow crab or crab clusters.
$10 a pound is a good sale price for King Crab.
It always will come fully cooked, and you DON'T want to reboil it.
Here is what you do.
You make bundles of 3 legs and wrap them in damp/wet paper towels. You then wrap the bundles completely in saran wrap. You then microwave the bundle for about a minute & a half. You have just perfectly steamed the legs and have not overcooked them- which would ruin them.
You are done-Enjoy!


You know I think 1lb was one leg. I maybe wrong. Does that sound right? So a person eats 30 bucks of legs ? That sounds kind of expensive. I guess its not that bad.

So just legs and a salad. That seems simple enough.

Checked online and the cost is 20-30 bucks per pound for King Crab and snow crab. I guess 10 bucks a pound is a
really good price.




MMMMMMM! Crab legs! One pound per person is enough. That's 2 to 3 good sized legs. They go well with melted butter, a salad and a baked potato. (Idaho or sweet). Fresh corn on the cob is nice also. The other posters are correct. Just re-heat them. They don't have to be cooked. You can make your life easier by breaking them at the joints so they fit in the pot. You can make your guest's life easier by supplying him with a nutcracker and a pick so he can get the meat out.
That IS a good price. I paid $13 a pound on Friday and I thought I got a good deal.

I'm not sure of the legs OP found, but here in Gainesville, FL they were $10 a pound and they were Dungeoness (sp?) crab legs - looked huge and meaty. I just might go back and get some.

"How many fresh fish shops can get "local fresh fished" King Crab..."

We get fresh crab here but also not fresh. I tried the fresh crab and its just great compared to that precooked & iced stuff. It costs more tho.

re handyguy's comments, imo, if it's Dungeness it MUST be fresh, not frozen. But from what I have read king crab legs are cooked on site, then flash frozen to preserve the flavor. They're not the same as Dungeness at all (another difference being that Dungeness are usually sold whole, not just legs since the body has so much of the meat). I have never seen king crab legs sold uncooked.

There is an easy way to tell the different kinds apart.

King crab legs are very spiny, the legs are longer and the shells are thick. King crab tastes better, but more of the poundage is shell and you pay more per pound. $10 a pound is good for king crab.

Snow crab legs are smooth and flatter than king. There is less meat in a snow crab leg than in a king crab leg (because the leg itself is much smaller) but realistically, you get a lot more meat per pound with snow. Most people consider meat in the "knuckle" area (where all the legs are attached) to be edible as well, though the legs usually taste better. I can usually find snow crab in this area for $5-7 lb. I would not consider $10/lb to be a good price.

Dungeness crab legs are very short. Usually if you don't get the whole crab, you just get the big claws. I don't know how much it costs because I usually go for snow.

Stone crab - Unless you live in Florida, you probably can't have it. If you see it, pay whatever they ask <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0> It's my favorite crab, even though I usually cut myself on the shells at least once.


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wordgirl said: [Q]There is an easy way to tell the different kinds apart.

King crab legs are very spiny, the legs are longer and the shells are thick. King crab tastes better, but more of the poundage is shell and you pay more per pound. $10 a pound is good for king crab.

Snow crab legs are smooth and flatter than king. There is less meat in a snow crab leg than in a king crab leg (because the leg itself is much smaller) but realistically, you get a lot more meat per pound with snow. Most people consider meat in the "knuckle" area (where all the legs are attached) to be edible as well, though the legs usually taste better. I can usually find snow crab in this area for $5-7 lb. I would not consider $10/lb to be a good price.

Dungeness crab legs are very short. Usually if you don't get the whole crab, you just get the big claws. I don't know how much it costs because I usually go for snow.

Stone crab - Unless you live in Florida, you probably can't have it. If you see it, pay whatever they ask <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0> It's my favorite crab, even though I usually cut myself on the shells at least once.

I pretty much agree with wordgirl with a few more comments.

1. King crab: 10/lbs is an excellent deal. Get it, you won't be sorry. Red lobster sells up to $30/lbs.
2. Snow crab is far from even the same class as King and dungeoness crabs. Don't buy them. Go to an All-you-can-eat Chinese restaurant, you can eat as much as you can/want for ~$12 for dinner.
3. Dungeoness crabs are excellent, sweet meat, soft shell but they are much smaller than king crabs hence you have to work for less meat and more shell. Still, they are many cuts above snow crabs.
4. Stone crabs/rock crabs are the least expensive in the coastal areas or may be the same price as snow crabs in other areas. They are smaller, tastes a little bit better than snow crabs.

Summary: King crab > Dungeoness >>>>>>>> (I really mean not the same league) >>>> Stonecrabs >= Snow crabs

I personally NEVER buy snow or stone crabs and only have them in all you can eat restaurants as they are of much lower quality crabs; And even then I may not eat them. King and dungeoness is worth paying for. I am from California and I eat seafood (crab) every week by the way. There is another species that is close to king crabs in the West coast called Spider crab. The locals usually get it fresh. The shell is super hard but the meat is oh so super sweet. The blue crabs are so small that I don't bother mentioning because getting the meat is a pain.

Have fun on crab eating.




My favorite seafood is crab but unfortunately they are also very HIGH on cholesterol.

well i live in juneau, alaska and we get king crab right out of the ocean. fresh is soooo much better than frozen ! but if you do buy that (a whole live crab costs about $75 even here) ummm don't make crab cakes. Just serve the legs with butter or cocktail sauce as everyone else has advised you.

I would be crabby if you guys werent so insightfull as to how to cook these things. Next time I get some King I will try the papertowels and seran in the microwave trick - this is probally what Red Slobster does. And if I want just a bit o crab I am off to the Chinese Buffet for my fill.

dandan123 said: [Q]My favorite seafood is crab but unfortunately they are also very HIGH on cholesterol.

I didnt know that cause I dont eat crabs. I thought they might be reasonably healthy. I guess the butter doesnt help much too.


Dungeness Crab is not soft shell except when they're molting. (approx. May thru Aug). When you eat Dungeness there's as much meat in the body as the legs and it's the best part.

I'll take a Dungeness anyday. Maybe because most King Crap tastes like sawdust by the time you get it.

Most crab is pre-cooked when you buy it. Just steam it in a double cooker and ad a can of beer to the steaming water to help bring out the flavor. It won't taste like beer.

If you want a delicacy, try freshly caught live Dungenesss. It's better then live Maine lobster.



OBman said: [Q]wordgirl said: [Q]There is an easy way to tell the different kinds apart.

King crab legs are very spiny, the legs are longer and the shells are thick. King crab tastes better, but more of the poundage is shell and you pay more per pound. $10 a pound is good for king crab.

Snow crab legs are smooth and flatter than king. There is less meat in a snow crab leg than in a king crab leg (because the leg itself is much smaller) but realistically, you get a lot more meat per pound with snow. Most people consider meat in the "knuckle" area (where all the legs are attached) to be edible as well, though the legs usually taste better. I can usually find snow crab in this area for $5-7 lb. I would not consider $10/lb to be a good price.

Dungeness crab legs are very short. Usually if you don't get the whole crab, you just get the big claws. I don't know how much it costs because I usually go for snow.

Stone crab - Unless you live in Florida, you probably can't have it. If you see it, pay whatever they ask <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0> It's my favorite crab, even though I usually cut myself on the shells at least once.

I pretty much agree with wordgirl with a few more comments.

1. King crab: 10/lbs is an excellent deal. Get it, you won't be sorry. Red lobster sells up to $30/lbs.
2. Snow crab is far from even the same class as King and dungeoness crabs. Don't buy them. Go to an All-you-can-eat Chinese restaurant, you can eat as much as you can/want for ~$12 for dinner.
3. Dungeoness crabs are excellent, sweet meat, soft shell but they are much smaller than king crabs hence you have to work for less meat and more shell. Still, they are many cuts above snow crabs.
4. Stone crabs/rock crabs are the least expensive in the coastal areas or may be the same price as snow crabs in other areas. They are smaller, tastes a little bit better than snow crabs.

Summary: King crab > Dungeoness >>>>>>>> (I really mean not the same league) >>>> Stonecrabs >= Snow crabs

I personally NEVER buy snow or stone crabs and only have them in all you can eat restaurants as they are of much lower quality crabs; And even then I may not eat them. King and dungeoness is worth paying for. I am from California and I eat seafood (crab) every week by the way. There is another species that is close to king crabs in the West coast called Spider crab. The locals usually get it fresh. The shell is super hard but the meat is oh so super sweet. The blue crabs are so small that I don't bother mentioning because getting the meat is a pain.

Have fun on crab eating.



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