A couple weeks ago I got my hands on a pretty good size Alaskan King Crab from frozen seafood delivery, alongside with some other bounty of the sea.
For the uninitiated, king crabs are actually more related to hermit crabs than the usual blue crabs or mud crabs we used to eat. This species, the red king crab, or commonly known as Alaskan king crab is most likely caught in the Northern Pacific Ocean, and while already pretty big, they can actually grow quite a lot bigger than this particular sample.
The crab looks a little intimidating with many thorns covering entire body. However, the shells are actually quite a lot thinner and softer than mud crabs, making eating and handling pretty simple.
For cooking, I settled on this easiest and simplest, fool proof way that allows you to enjoy the crab’s true natural sweetness. It’s so easy any 3rd grader should be able to do.
- one Alaskan King Crab
- 2 inches of butter
- several cloves of garlic
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 lemon
- a handful of chopped cilantro (optional)
- snap off the legs, open crab shell, remove gills & cut body into halves
- put 1″ butter in a claypot, garlic (together with skin), and crab, turn on high heat for 10 minutes, no water required
- separately heat up olive oil & melt the remaining butter, add lemon to the finished product, this will be your sauce
- once crab is done, sprinkle chopped cilantro to give it that awesome color
- enjoy your fancy seafood!
The result is an awesome fancy crab dinner that takes all of 15 minutes to prepare and cook. Now you know how to cook your own crab, enjoy!