Hearts, sprinkles, love letters and romantic gestures from someone you’ve admired from afar. Or, maybe not. Valentine’s Day is one of the most anticipated holidays of the year. And the most dreaded.

But fear not the pudgy cherub with his pointy bow that may or may not be misdirected, it matters not whether you have a love in your life, you still need to feed your face.

A favorite of mine and my honey bunny poochie coo (er, husband) for V-day is keepin’ it simple with a bottle of wine and crackin’ crab in front of the Tivo and catching up on last week’s Parenthood.

Some people think crab is something you only get when you go out for that special meal, but honestly, we’re total opposites in that theory. Why spend all your dough on the restaurant mark-up when instead you can grab yourself a couple of extra legs to heat up toot sweet?

We’ve cooked Alaskan King Crab Legs every which way—except in a crock pot because that would just be not right. We’ve boiled, sauteed, steamed, broiled and bar-b-qued.

The best way we’ve found to cook up these leggy supermodel crustaceans is by binding them up in paper towels and plastic wrap like little high school wrestlers trying to make weight before the big match and using most cooks day-to-day, go-to kitchen-cooking-contraption, the good old microwave.

Since crab from the grocery store freezer bin is already flash cooked, the problem with cooking at home is just that. You’re cooking it twice! So instead of cooking it again, to shreds, to rubbery smithereens, just give it a little warm up.

Simplest Alaskan King Crab Legs
Simplest Alaskan King Crab Legs


recipe: Alton Brown

  • 6 Alaskan king crab claws, thawed
  • 4 sprigs fresh dill


  1. Cut claws at joints to fit into your microwave. Wrap 3 claws in damp paper towels with 2 sprigs of fresh dill and wrap tightly in plastic wrap.
  2. Place wrapped claws in the microwave 1 package at a time and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Remove and carefully unwrap, they’ll be steamy so be careful of the full-facial steam.

You can find complete recipes of this Steamed Alaskan King Crab Legs in foodiecrush.com

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