Crab Legs for New Years Eve?

I just did a little research into cooking this delightful meal, and I found 3 basic methods – baking, steaming and boiling. Since the legs are already cooked when you buy them, most recipes don’t even recommend thawing. We’ve always thawed ours in a sink of cold water – and then we cut the shells before we bake them. I don’t think I want to give up the ease of eating the cut shells! Anyway, here are the basic recipes that I found. In Craig, because of the elevation, I think you might have to add a minute or two to the time to make sure they are hot.
OVEN: Place in shallow pan. Brush with butter and lemon juice. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.
STEAM: Bring 2-3 cups of water and a tablespoon of salt to a boil in a big pot. Place legs on rack above water. Cover tightly and steam for 5 to 7 minutes.
BOIL: Bring a big pot of water to a boil. Add salt and whatever seasonings you desire. Add legs and cook for 6 to 7 minutes. Most recipes said to rinse before eating.

However you cook them, be sure to have plenty of melted butter on hand!

Do you cook them any differently? What seasonings do you use?


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