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How to Cook Snow Crab Legs

[ 23 ] January 28, 2009 |

Snow Crab Legs

eating snow crabs

Eating Snow Crabs

Snow Crab Legs are not only easy to cook, but also easy to eat.

Snow Crab Legs are typically from the Alaskan seaboard and a smaller cousin to the King Crab.

Snow Crabs are usually sold pre-cooked and frozen.

You can actually just thaw and eat; however, we prefer boiled in crab boil and other seasonings, Cajun Cooking style, and dipped in melted butter or Cajun cocktail sauce.

Snow Crab Ingredients

1-2 Snow Crab clusters per person (depends on the size)
1/4 cup Zatarain’s Shrimp & Crab boil
1 medium sweet onion
3 celery stalks (or celery powder)
2 tablespoons garlic powder or several garlic pods
1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
1/4 cup lemon juice
5 Bay leaves

Fill a large 8-12 quart stock pot with water.

(Leave a few inches or so from the top to allow for adding the crab legs.)

Snow Crab Legs

Snow Crab Legs

Add in all the seasonings.

Bring water to rolling boil.

Add the Snow Crab Legs.

Bring back to a boil and boil for 2-3 minutes.

Turn off the heat.

Remove the crab legs and eat.

Pretty simple.

Serving Suggestions for Snow Crab Legs

Serve your Snow Crab Legs on large platters with crab or nut crackers and small pick seafood forks.

We typically serve with boiled new potatoes by boiling the potatoes in the boiling seasoned water for 20 minutes before adding in the Snow Crab Legs.

beryl stokes

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  1. Emily Wheat says:

    We tried this same recipe with King Crab legs and it turned out PERFECTLY!! They were too “pokey” for me, so we’re trying it again with the snow crab tonight with my in-laws. This time we will try the potatoes with it. Can’t wait!

  2. Steve Lew says:

    Great video. Nice family. Fantastic! Thanks for sharing and making this video.

  3. Susie says:

    I really enjoyed your video and your beautiful family. God Bless and keep you enjoying life to it’s fullest.

  4. Spencer Family says:

    Thanks so much – great video. What a wonderful family you have. We can’t wait to try this recipe tomorrow night!

  5. Beryl says:

    Thank you so much! We really appreciate you.

  6. Anthony says:

    Hi there i sure did injoy the video. looks like some very good food. Thanks

  7. David says:

    Thats some good stuff great video. now im going to go cook me some snowcrab….

  8. Julie says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this video.
    I have never cooked snow crab and tonight should be awesome because of you.
    Thanks and Merry Christmas!!

  9. Kenya says:

    Thanks for the help! I’m cooking them right now.

  10. Shantrice says:

    Love this family! Love this recipe!

  11. Keith says:

    Thanks for the video. If I can’t get the Zatarains Shrimp and Crab boil, is there something more “simple” I can use in the water? Will they taste okay if I use everything but the Zatarains?

  12. Beryl says:

    Hi Keith, Yes, they will be OK without the crab boil. In fact, it is probably only in Louisiana that people add the crab boil.

  13. Kim says:

    Love, Love, Love this video!! The family dancing and just enjoying the cooking is so wonderful! Got my water boiling for my crab legs now and I’m going put some music on and do some dancing as well!! God Bless you all and keep cooking

  14. Dawn says:

    Definitely not just in Louisiana the crab boil is used..I know right here in Florida we use it as much as we can, anytime we can. 😉 thanks for the recipe..I love love love snowcrab legs but have never cooked them myself..but I was told to do it almost exactly like you’ve listed but I was told to throw a lil’ Old Bay seasoning in at the end. Have you ever tried it this way?? I’m cooking tomorrow nite & unless otherwise instructed-im gonna do some both ways. Can’t wait! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  15. Beryl says:

    We’ve never tried Old Bay, but I’m sure it would be great. Thanks for writing and thanks for visiting our Cajun Cooking website!

  16. Martin says:

    I love this video so much. I chanced upon it on YouTube last year and bookmarked it. I had been going through a very difficult time in my life and felt very alone. This video’s sense of warmth and home really helped me lift out of some deep sadness when I needed it most. I can’t watch this without feeling better after. Of course I feel hungry too, but that’s another story. 🙂 Thank you and bless you!

  17. Gary Guidi says:

    Thank you so much for this fun, easy recipe! I made it last night for my fiance. We loved it! You also get extra style points for the kitchen dancing.

    – Gary
    Chicago, IL

  18. Beryl says:

    Hi Gary,

    Thanks for writing us and letting us know you liked the easy snow crab recipe!

    Cajun cooking just wouldn’t be the same without the dancing and singing!

    Thanks for watching our videos and trying our recipes!

    Mike and Beryl

  19. Ricky says:

    Thank you so much for your recipe! I made snow crab for the first time last night for my girlfriend. it was our first 1 year anniversary and it came out prefect thanks to you. it was delicious and I feel more confident in the kitchen thank you. God Bless. 🙂

  20. Beryl says:

    Hi Ricky,

    Thank you so much for your comment! Getting notes like this from great people like you is why we make our videos!

    Beryl and Mike

  21. Ricky says:

    thank you Beryl! I wanted to make this recipe again this sunday for a family dinner. But do you have a recipe for Cajun Lobster? Could I simply replace the cajun snow crab in this recipe with a lobster..?

  22. Beryl says:

    Hi Ricky,

    Yes, if the lobster is already cooked, just follow this recipe.

    If the lobster is not cooked, just boil it for whatever time is recommended for the lobster.

    The ingredients in the boil would be the same.

    Hope this helps.

    Mike and Beryl

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