Steamed Snow Crab Legs

Total Time
Prep 3 mins
Cook 14 mins

I know that many advocate using seasoning and boiling crab legs, but I like the simplicity of the naturally sweet and rich flavor of crab legs that have been steamed. Using a two-piece pasta pot with the strainer portion as a steamer insert works well to perfectly steam crab legs. I always serve clarified butter for dipping the crab meat.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 -4 cups water
  • 2 lbs snow crab legs, frozen


  1. In a large pasta pot with strainer insert, bring 3-4 cups water to boil. (Water amount may vary, but just keep below the level of the strainer portion of the pot.).
  2. Rinse ice from frozen crab legs, and place in the strainer insert of the pot. Cover.
  3. Steam crab legs for 6 to 14 minutes, or until heated through.
  4. Serve crab legs with clarified butter for dipping. (Recipe #51525 works well.).


Most Helpful

This is such a simple technique. Certainly a cheaper and taster option than going to Red Lobster.

Notabay December 02, 2010

Although your recipe is for Snow Crab, it works well for any crab. I used King Crab legs that I bought on sale...already cooked but just needed to reheat. I'm glad I found your method. This turned out perfect! My husband was in hog heaven!!! Pam

Pam-I-Am June 19, 2007

This was a great method to use. I took the crab out and when I opened it, it was beautiful :D

Isabel S. July 13, 2015

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