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Baked King Crab - King crab is everyone's favorite crustacean and this king crab recipe is baked with Sriracha lemon butter. The crab legs are so juicy, sweet, and perfect for the holidays and special occasions!

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King Crab

I love Alaska king crab, especially the meaty, sweet and juicy king crab legs.

With the holiday season coming up, it’s perfect time to head to your nearest Costco and load up pounds of red king crab for Thanksgiving recipes or Christmas holiday parties.

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I have the best king crab recipe for you, baked with Sriracha lemon butter. It’s so crazy delicious and mouthwatering you want it every day!

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How to Cook King Crab?

It’s super easy to make crab legs at home. Most of them are sold as crab legs; they are all pre-cooked and frozen.

All you need is a simple recipe that enhances the natural flavors of the crab. Most people will boil or steam them, and served with melted butter.

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To me, boiling or steaming is not the best way to cook king crab because it dilutes the natural, sweet and briny flavors of the crab.

Baking in the oven at high heat brings out mouthwatering aroma of the crab. It also roast the crab meat, remove the extra water content in the frozen crab.

A simple Sriracha lemon butter brings out the natural briny and sweet flavors of the crab meat, while enhancing the flavors.

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Cooking Tips for Alaskan King Crab

  • Frozen crabs are always salty so avoid using salt while cooking, boiling, steaming or baking the crab legs.
  • Cut or chop the king crab legs into shorter pieces. This makes them easier to eat. The shorter segments are also great for dinner parties.
  • For the best oven baked flavors, use a pair of scissors to cut open the top part of the shell as pictured above. This will expose the crab meat for oven roasting. It also allows the butter to sip inside the crab legs.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Snow Crab Vs. King Crab

Both crabs are popular crustacean with sweet and delightful leg meat but there are distinct differences between the two species.

Snow crab is much smaller compared to king crab. Snow crab legs have a smooth and softer shell while the latter has a thicker and spiky shell.

You don’t really need a cracking tool to crack open the shells of snow crab as you can snap them open using your hands. Snow crab is also cheaper and less expensive.

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How Many Calories per Serving?

This recipe is only 388 calories per serving.

What to Serve with This Recipe?

Serve this dish with steak for a homemade surf and turf. For a healthy meal and easy weeknight dinner, I recommend the following recipes.

Filet Mignon

Garlic Butter Lobster Tails

Garlic Chive Butter Grilled Steak

Garlic Butter Sauteed Spinach

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Baked King Crab Recipe

Baked King Crab - King crab is everyone's favorite crustacean and this king crab recipe is baked with Sriracha lemon butter. The crab legs are so delicious!

4.49 from 382 votes


By Bee Yinn Low

Yield 4 people

Prep 10 minutes mins

Cook 20 minutes mins

Total 30 minutes mins


  • 2 lbs (1kg) king crab legs
  • 1 stick unsalted butter (room temperature and softened)
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 dashes smoked paprika and more for dusting
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley and/or chives


  • Preheat oven to 400°F (207°C).

  • Cut the king crab legs into shorter segments using a pair of scissors. Cut the crab leg segments lengthwise to expose the crab meat. Alternatively, you can also cut the top part of the shell to expose the crab meat.

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  • Arrange the king crab legs in a baking tray and bake for 20 minutes. Cover with aluminum foil to avoid drying out the crab.

  • In the meantime, make the Sriracha Lemon Butter by whipping the softened butter with a whisk. Add the Sriracha, lemon juice and sugar, whisk to combine well. Set aside.

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  • As soon as the crab is out of the oven, spoon the butter over the crab meat. Dust with more smoked paprika and garnish with chopped parsley and/or chives. Serve immediately.

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Course: Appetizer Recipes

Cuisine: American

Keywords: King Crab


Nutrition Facts

Baked King Crab Recipe

Amount Per Serving (4 people)

Calories 388Calories from Fat 216

% Daily Value*

Fat 24g37%

Saturated Fat 15g94%

Cholesterol 156mg52%

Sodium 1927mg84%

Carbohydrates 2g1%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 2g2%

Protein 42g84%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.

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How long do you keep king crab legs in the oven? ›

Place thawed crab legs on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until warm throughout, about 15-20 minutes for king crab (check at 15 minutes!) or 10-15 minutes for snow crab legs. Crab meat retains a lot of water and moisture — by cooking them inside their shells, they're essentially steaming in the oven.

Is it better to bake or boil king crab? ›

I prefer not to boil crab legs because they can easily become waterlogged, which reduces the flavor. My favorite methods are steaming and baking and both are so easy to do!

Do you need to thaw frozen king crab legs before cooking? ›

You should allow frozen crab legs to thaw in your refrigerator overnight before cooking and/or consuming. The majority of crab cooking processes require a brief re-heat time of 5-10 minutes because our king crab has already been cooked.

Can you cook king crab legs in the oven? ›

Bake your crabs for about 25 minutes or so (depending on how thick the legs you have are), brushing the sauce from the bottom of the pan onto the legs every 5-7 minutes. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with a few pinches o' parsley for garnish.

How to season king crab legs? ›

Don't be shy about adding salt, pepper, lemon juice and lemon rinds, or the classic Old Bay seasoning to your pot before boiling or steaming your crab legs. In fact, if you plan to boil, we'd recommend the proportion of 4 quarts of water to 6 ounces of seasoning.

Can you overcook king crab legs? ›

Yes, you can overcook king crab. Because it's already cooked and just needs to be reheated, overcooking is a common mistake.

How long to cook 2 lbs of king crab legs? ›

  1. Be sure crab legs are fully thawed (or if frozen, add a few minutes to the cook time).
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  3. Place legs (with shell on) on a jelly roll pan or large baking sheet. ...
  4. Bake for 25-35 minutes depending on the size of them.
Dec 3, 2021

Do you cut king crab legs before cooking? ›

It's much easier to both cook and eat the crab legs if you cut them into smaller pieces before using. To do this, use kitchen shears to cut the legs into 2- to 3-inch segments. Snip between the joints to make removing the meat easier.

How do you prepare Alaskan king crab legs? ›

Preheat grill to around 300 to 350 degrees F. Brush the crab legs with olive oil to prevent sticking. Place crab legs on the grill for 4-5 minutes, then flip and cook for another 4-5 minutes on the other side until the meat is hot all the way through.

What temperature to bake king crab legs? ›

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place crab legs in a shallow baking pan.
  2. Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until melted, about 3 minutes. ...
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until opaque and flaky, basting regularly with the butter mixture in the pan, 25 to 35 minutes.
Jan 14, 2022

What's the best way to cook frozen king crab legs? ›

Steaming Frozen, Pre-Cooked King Crab Legs
  1. Add two cups of water to a large steaming pot and bring it to a boil. ...
  2. Place the crab legs inside the steam pot insert and put that inside the pot above the water. ...
  3. Cover the pot with a lid for 4 minutes. ...
  4. Remove the crab legs from the pot. ...
  5. Enjoy!

How much king crab per person? ›

As a rule of thumb, if you have crab lovers we recommend about 1 1/2 pounds per person. If you have some big eaters you might want to go with 2 pounds per person.

Is it better to boil or steam king crab legs? ›

Steaming is the preferred cooking method to reheat them to serve at home because the gentle, moist heat helps preserve the pure, sweet taste and tender texture of the meat. They're also less likely to overcook and turn rubbery or lose their flavorful juices, as they often do when they are boiled.

Is it better to steam or boil crab legs? ›

Steaming crab legs is similar to the boiling method. Many people will tell you that steaming is a better choice because it allows all of the crab flavor to stay inside the shell rather than leaking into your cooking water.

How long do you cook king crab legs for? ›

Pour a couple of inches of water into a steamer pot and bring it to a boil. Put the king crab legs on the steamer insert and put the insert into the pot. Steam the crab legs for 6-10 minutes. You will know when they are done when you can smell the crab and they are hot to the touch.

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