Crab Leg Cookout: Cheap, Fast, and Chic
Shelled crab legs are so intimidating, but they needn't be. Delicious, nutritious (save the melted butter dipping experience), and in many fish markets, completely reasonably priced, crab has become a summer staple at Savvy Central
What You'll Need For a Crab Leg Cookout
Crab Legs. Buy about 1 pound of crab per person. King Crab is delicious, but Snow Crab and Dungeness Crab are equally wonderful, often at less than half the cost per pound. Plus, they take longer to crack open, prolonging your enjoyment of the meal.
Crab Crackers. ($13.95 at crateandbarrel.com) or you can often find these at TJ Maxx or other discounted stores for a steal.
Crab Pokers. (oh, excusez-moi, "seafood forks" $3.95 at crateandbarrel.com) You can use a knife, if you don't have crab pokers, but these are pretty useful for getting the hard to reach areas. Keep an eye out for them at TJ Maxx as well.
How to Cook Crab Legs:
We prefer the steaming method, which enables the shells to stay hard. No Savvy Girl likes rubbery shells, which are harder to crack. Place a steamer basket in your largest pot and add water up to bottom of the basket. Bring water to a boil, add frozen crab legs and steam for 6-8 minutes. Serve with melted butter, butter spray (I Can't Believe it's Not Butter is surprisingly awesome, even though it's processed) and steamed asparagus or corn.