How to Make Crab Legs in the Microwave

Sweet, tender crab legs make a luscious meal -- and they are also a low-fat, low-calorie, high-protein seafood choice. For example, a 3-oz. serving of Alaskan king crab, popular because of the amount of meat in its legs, contains 16.45 g of protein and only 82 calories and 1.31 total g of fat. To preserve their freshness and taste, crab legs usually are sold precooked and flash frozen, making them particularly suitable for reheating in your microwave.

Crab legs on a plate. (Image: Jobrestful/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Thaw 1/2 to 1 lb. frozen crab legs for each person in the refrigerator for about 8 hours. Although they will keep for up to 2 days in the refrigerator, the faster you cook them after thawing, the better they will taste.

Step 2

Separate the legs into groups of three. If the legs don't fit in your microwave, cut the claws off at the joint with kitchen scissors.

Step 3

Wrap each group, along with a sprig of dill, in damp paper towels. This provides moisture to help steam the legs. Then, cover with plastic wrap to prevent steam from escaping.

Step 4

Microwave each bundle individually on high for 2 minutes. Remove the plastic and paper wrappings carefully to avoiding steam burns. Serve immediately.

Things You'll Need

  • Kitchen scissors

  • Fresh dill

  • Paper towels

  • Plastic wrap

  • Lemon


Serve crab legs with melted butter for dipping, or for a healthier side, serve with lemon wedges.

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