Boiled Crab Legs Recipe

Boiled Crab Legs

This boiled crab legs recipe is rich and decadent, yet simple to make at home! Dipped in garlic butter, sweet and tender crab meat is perfect for entertaining.
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer recipe, crab, king crab, seafood
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 217kcal
Author: Kristen King
Cost: $40


  • 3 tbsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 12 oz can light beer
  • 2 lbs frozen crab legs, thawed or partially thawed
  • 6-8 corn cob halves (optional)

For Flavored Butter

  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Fill a large stock pot about half full with water (leaving plenty of room for the crab legs) and bring to a boil.
  • Add Old Bay seasoning, salt, vegetable oil, and beer.
  • Add crab legs and return to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes.
  • Remove crab legs and set aside.
  • Optional: Add frozen corn cobs in same pot and bring to a boil. Remove. Serve everything warm.
  • Remove meat from crab legs by prying open if already cut, or by breaking at joint, removing tendon, then breaking at longest part of leg and slowly pulling out meat. Dip in flavored butter.

For Flavored Butter

  • Melt butter and add garlic salt, lemon juice, and salt


Calories: 217kcal