Originally Posted by stargazer021
I recently made crab legs for the first time. I wasn't sure how to make them and boiled them. They did make the kitchen stink but they still tasted good. Of course dipping in butter made them taste even better. Next time I will steam them. Thanks for the tips!
My suggestion to wannabechef was for heating up
already cooked crab legs.
Boiling or steaming fresh or uncooked frozen crabs, crab legs, crawfish, shrimp or even lobsters in plain water adds no flavor and IMHO - simply doesn't elevate the critters to their full potential!
Now ... if you were going to actually "cook" them ... I would use a pouch of Zatarain's Crawfish, Shrimp and Crab Boil
dry spice packet - and the way Dad always did it was to add the packet to a big pot of cold water (along with a lemon cut in half and a couple of quartered onions) and bring it to a boil - then simmer for about an hour ... crank the heat up to a boil and then add new potatoes, about 5 minutes later ears of corn, and finally 3-4 minutes later the shellfish ... bring it back to a boil and then turn the heat off and let the pot sit (covered) for about 30 minutes. This adds sooooo much flavor!!!
Yep - your kitchen will still smell ... but it will smell "happy"
- not like dead fish