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Cook King Crab Legs with Dipping Sauces

March 03, 2020

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Best Way to Cook King Crab Legs at Home

I love seafood, but I don't enjoy seafood as often as I would like. I live in the rural Midwest. Fresh local seafood is impossible for me to buy at the grocery store. If I want any seafood, let alone fresh seafood, I rely on frozen seafood. While I do miss fresh, just-caught seafood, freshly frozen seafood is a reliable replacement and even better when the seafood comes over dry-ice direct from Alaska. 

My uncle lives in Anchorage, Alaska. Every year he ships us fresh caught and frozen Alaska king crab. The first time you eat Alaska crab, all you need is to cook the frozen Alaskan crab legs and dip them in butter. After several years of eating king crab legs dipped in butter, you look for new ways to enjoy this delicious seafood. After years of receiving the gift of king crab legs from my uncle, I've found the best way to cook king crab legs. Year and year, and looking for different ways to cook crab legs, I found myself wanting more than butter with my steaming Alaskan king crab legs. 

Chatting with my husband one day, we decided to explore the idea of dipping sauce for king crab legs. King crab is delicious, but we were growing tired of dipping crab legs in butter. We set out looking for how to serve king crab legs and to create king crab dipping sauce recipes. 

Finding king crab legs locally is difficult and expensive. Especially for those of us who live in the central United States. One of the best ways to get fresh Alaska crab legs is by ordering them online. During king crab season in Alaska, fishers who catch king crab will often cook and freeze the king crab legs directly on their boats while still out at sea. This way, they ensure the flavor and texture of the crab legs. 

If you are wondering where to buy Alaskan king crab legs, you don't have to look much further than your computer. Finding Alaskan king crab legs for sale doesn't have to be intimidating. Shopping online guarantees you find the best Alaskan king crab leg prices. Knowing how the fishers freeze king crab legs right on their boats, you know your crab shipped to your door will be fresh and have the best flavor and texture. 

When you order Alaskan king crab legs online, you can be sure you are shopping with sustainable and responsible seafood distributors. Did you know that fishers aren't allowed to sell female king crabs? If you are wondering if you are eating a male or female crab, unless you caught the crab yourself, you are eating a male crab. To encourage reproduction of crabs in the wild government agencies made it illegal to sell female king crab commercially. While both male and female king crab migrate to colder waters during Alaskan king crab season, fishers only keep only males for commercial sale. 


When you order Alaska crab legs, they will ship right to your door frozen over dried ice. There are many different ways to cook crab legs. You can cook frozen Alaskan crab legs, or you can defrost the crab legs in your fridge for 12 hours. The cook time for crab legs will vary depending on if you are cooking them from frozen or thawed out. To be sure that you have enough, be sure to order approximately 2lbs of king crab legs per person you will be feeding. 

Are King Crab Legs Healthy?

Alaskan king crab legs are low in fat and high in protein and are a source of essential vitamins and minerals. The calories in Alaskan king crab legs won't hurt your belt line. The added calories come from dipping those crab legs in puddles of butter. We can show you some lower-calorie yet flavorful dipping sauces for eating Alaska crab.  

Not everyone agrees on the best way to cook crab legs. There are several ways took king crab legs, including steaming, boiling, and grilling. Here we will show you steaming Alaskan king crab legs. 

How to Make King Crab Legs

Once you've determined how much king crab to order (2 lbs per person), you are ready to steam some king crab legs. 


-Fill a large saute pan or fry pan with 1/2 inch of water. 

-Add your king crab legs and bring them to a boil. 

-Cover the pan and reduce the heat to a simmer. 

-Steam the crab legs for 3 to 4 minutes for thaws crab legs or 8-10 minutes for frozen crab legs. 

-Drain and serve with one of our choice dipping sauces. 

King Crab Dipping Sauces

After lots of practice with dipping sauces and experimenting with unique flavor combinations, we offer you three of our favorite recipes for king crab dipping. If you are wondering how to serve king crab legs, these dipping sauces are a perfect addition to your king crab dinner.

Rouille Dipping Sauce:

This sauce offers a great flavor and slight heat from the pepper flakes. You can adjust the heat depending on your taste by using more or less red pepper flakes. The roasted red peppers offer a smoky flavor and great color for this dipping sauce. 


-1/3 cup of roasted red peppers

- 2 cloves of minced garlic

-2/3 cup low-fat mayonnaise

-1 teaspoon of lemon juice

-1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes

-salt and pepper to taste 


Combine the peppers and garlic in a food processor. Blend until smooth and combined. Add remaining ingredients and blend until well combined. 

Basil Mint Pesto Dipping Sauce:

The freshness of the herbs combined with the savory nuts and parmesan cheese make this a great oil-based dipping sauce for those who want a thinner sauce. For a creamier variation, you can add 1/2 cup of low-fat mayonnaise. 


  • 1 to 1/2 cups of fresh mint leaves. 
  • 2 cups of fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup of high-quality Olive Oil
  • 3 tablespoons of toasted walnuts. 
  • 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese. 
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste


Combine the basil, mint, oil, garlic, lemon juice, and walnuts in a food processor. Blend until smooth and combined. Add parmesan cheese and blend until combined. 

*For a creamier sauce, add 1/2 cup of low-fat mayonnaise.**

The fresh flavors of the herbs compliment the sweetness of the crab meat in a wonderful flavor combination you are sure to love. 

Mediterranean Crab Leg Dip: 

This warm dip offers a combination of Mediterranean flavors with warm and gooey cheese that will combine nicely with the sweet taste of your Alaskan king crab legs. 


-1 6.5 oz jar of artichoke hearts drained and chopped 

- 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese

- 1 cup of low-fat sour cream

-1 cup of low-fat mayonnaise. 

-1/4 cup of sun-dried tomatoes (dehydrated or drained and chopped)

- 1 can of sliced olives, drained

-1/4 cup of fresh chopped chives or 2 tablespoons of sliced green onions


-Preheat your oven to 350 F

-Combine the artichoke hearts, parmesan cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and chives in an oven-safe dish. 

Bake until bubbly, about 15-20 minutes. 

**This dipping sauce can also be served cold if you prefer an unbaked dipping sauce**

King Crab Butter Dipping Sauce: 

Those who love the classic butter dipping sauce for Alaskan King crab legs will love this variation on the typical dish of melted butter. 


  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted.
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon of garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried dill weed
  • dash of white pepper


Blend the ingredients in a bowl and serve. 

**This butter sauce can be prepared in advance and reheated as needed when serving the Alaskan king crab legs. 

Making King Crab Dipping Sauces: 

While not everyone is as lucky as I am and has family sending them freshly frozen king crab legs every summer. You too can enjoy king crab legs no matter where you live just by ordering Alaskan King Crab legs online. 

Whether you are a seasoned king crab eater, or trying them for the first time, having a variety of dipping sauces will offer exciting flavors and textures to your king crab meal. Don't forget the simple melted butter dish because everyone at your king crab dinner will want to enjoy the classic flavors of butter dipping for king crab legs. 

You can find frozen king crab legs that come with frozen dipping sauces, but a few simple ingredients and a blender, and you can not only save money but also enjoy fresher flavors by making your king crab dipping sauces. 

Let Global Seafoods save you the hassle of the search and order your seafood today. Global Seafoods ships their Alaskan king crab legs directly to your door. With their 100% money-back guarantee, you can confidently shop their seafood options and know you will receive the freshest still frozen seafood right to your door. Expertly and sustainably sourced seafood is what Global Seafoods does so that you don't have to worry about where your seafood comes from, no matter where you live.