In the world of seafood lovers, shellfish have always held a particularly high and privileged position. Of all the many different kinds of shellfish available in the world, crab has always been highly appraised, and none more so than the largest and most impressive crab species of all-the Alaskan king crab. There is simply no other species to compare with it in terms of sheer mass; an average Alaskan king crab weighs 6 to 10 pounds, and that means a lot of dinner! When deciding how to cook the crab, however, it is important to have a clear idea of what one is doing, so as to preserve the culinary excellence of this exceptional ingredient.
Alaskan king crab is sold in various forms throughout the country, and it is important to adapt one's cooking techniques to the particular variety at hand. The most ubiquitous item would have to be frozen, whole (ie shell on) king crab legs sold in plastic bags, which can be found in most seafood and frozen food aisles of major supermarket chains nationwide. These frozen king crab legs are naturally always precooked, which means minimal preparation at home in the kitchen. The best options for how to cook the crab in this form is to immerse it in lightly boiling flavored water (Old Bay seasoning is always welcome) for between 3 to 6 minutes and to serve immediately (obviously with a nutcracker or similar device).
Sometimes, however, it is possible to get one's hands on fresh Alaskan king crab, which is a unique culinary experience. Although it is perfectly common and acceptable to simply complete-cook the crab in boiling water, it is possible to crack open the legs and remove the sizable strips of meat therein, which is where the lion's share of meat is located. With this more elaborate method for how to cook king crab, the delicately extracted raw legs can be marinated for a few hours in a variety of concoctions, like hot sauce, beer, wine, or really any quality marinade. So marinated, send them in a greased baking dish under the broiler with several dolops of butter, minced garlic, finely ground herbs and spices, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Wait for them to reach a light golden brown on top, which should take between 7 and 10 minutes, and then enjoy the sheer bliss of this magnificent dish.
Source by Allie Moxley