Steamed Crab Legs


When you can get your hands on some quality crab legs, here's the classic crab leg recipe for a special dinner. Simply steam, crack open, and dunk in butter. Yum!

Steamed Crab Legs Butter Dipping Sauce Lemons
Photo: Blaine Moats
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 4 4-8 ounce fresh or frozen crab legs

  • 1 lemon

  • ¼ cup butter, melted

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh basil or fresh Italian parsley


  1. Thaw crab legs, if frozen. Place crab legs in a steamer basket in a 12-inch skillet. If necessary, bend crab legs at joints to fit in steamer basket. Add water to skillet to just below the basket. Bring to boiling. Cover; steam 5 to 6 minutes or until heated through.

  2. Remove 1/2 tsp. zest and squeeze 1 Tbsp. juice from lemon. Stir together butter, basil, lemon zest, and lemon juice.

  3. To remove crab meat, twist legs at joints or split shell using kitchen shears. Peel back shell; remove meat. Serve with butter sauce.

Boiled Crab Legs

Thaw crab legs, if frozen. Place crab legs in a large pot of boiling salted water. Return to boiling. Cook, uncovered, 4 to 5 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

157 Calories
12g Fat
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 157
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 622mg 27%
Protein 12g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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