How to Crack Crab Legs

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How to Crack Crab Legs

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  • Large stockpot with lid
  • Gloves and/or dish towel
  • Kitchen shears

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    Get crackin'! Pick up Alaska King Crab legs from our Hy-Vee seafood department. Then, impress everyone with your crab crackin' abilities! Get our easy tips and tricks for how to crack crab legs below!

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    1. Steam
      Add crab legs to boiling salted water. Steam 4 to 5 minutes or until heated through, turning occasionally. Frozen crab legs are pre-cooked and only need heating!

    2. Crack Leg at the Joint
      Twist crab leg at the joint and pull out the tendon. Wear gloves or use a dish towel to protect hands, if needed.

    3. Cut Leg Open with Scissors
      Use kitchen shears to cut through the shells; pull apart the shell and remove the meat. Serve with lemon wedges and melted butter for dipping.