Crabs have proteins and minerals from seawater that help in building muscles, tendons and bones. After preparing the crabs with much love, serve them with unique plate layout that will appeal to the appetite of the guests. You can have crabs along with other meals to create a balanced diet. There are simple ways of cooking crab legs that will save you time when you get unexpected guests.
The crunchiness that crab legs get when grilled is amazing. The crabs must be cleaned before grilling to make them fit for consumption. Cook them halfway for approximately five minutes by boiling or steaming before you grill the crabs to save time when grilling for they will cook faster. Allow them to cool after boiling or steaming and clean them afterward for a second time. Add flavor by seasoning the portions of crabs with olive oil, a clove of garlic, rosemary or thyme leaves that have been chopped well then toss them in olive oil. Preheat the grill and put them on it then keep turning them until they are brown on both sides. If you have soft-shell crabs, use lower heat levels when grilling to bring out the well-cooked crabs on the inside.
You can boil the crab legs to make them deliciously soft. Add enough salt to the water in a pot to add a taste of ocean water to the crabs. Beer or wine can be added into the water to add unique flavor to the crabs, but this step is not compulsory. The crab legs should be seasoned with your favorite seasonings. The crabs will start to float after about fifteen minutes depending on the sizes of the crabs. The crabs should cool after you remove them from the pot to avoid getting your mouth and fingers burnt.
Retain the delicious juice of the crab legs by steaming. Boil a large-sized pot with saltwater. Put the crabs in a steamer basket to steam. Alternatively, pile the crabs into the pot and let the bottom crabs boil slightly as they act as a platform for the other crabs to steam if you have no steamer basket. The size of the crab legs determines the time you will take to cook. Remove the crabs from the pot or steamer basket with the help of tongs. Let the crabs cool before you clean and serve them so that you don’t get burnt.
Some people prefer roast crabs because they get crunchy and smell so nice. You need to preheat the oven to 450 F. The crabs have to be cleaned before they are boiled or steamed for a while then cleaned again after that. Handle them with caution when cleaning so that they do not lose their flavor. Toss the crabs onto a roasting pan that has seasonings like oil or melted butter, aromatics, spices, herbs and any other that you like. You can skip seasoning the crabs using chilly because it changes the natural taste of the crab legs to an unpleasant taste. Set them on a roasting pan and cook in a hot oven until the crabs are browned and sizzling.