Simmered Lemongrass Alaska King Crab Legs

by Nikolai Nikitenko April 28, 2016

Simmered Lemongrass Alaska King Crab Legs

Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 gallons water
  • 2 bruised lemongrass stalks
  • 4 smashed garlic cloves
  • 4 oz. smashed ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons kosher salt
  • 4 pounds Alaska Crab legs (Red King Crab, Snow Crab or Dungeness Crab), thawed or frozen

Simmered lemongrass crab legs recipe

A steamy plate of beautiful red crab legs with that unmistakable tang of lemongrass is probably one of the best sights and smells we can imagine. Garlic brings a pungent element to the natural rich sweetness of the crab meat, and ginger helps tie it all together into an incredible dish. Your guests or family will feel completely spoiled when they see this on their plates at meal time. They may even believe you've become a gourmet chef! But you won't have to tell them the recipe was so simple and the preparation was this easy. Just bask in that glow of a well-made dinner. This recipe serves two to four people, depending on how hungry you are. Read on to learn how to cook simmered lemongrass crab legs.


Why crab?

One of the greatest seafood options available today is crab. They come in all sizes and colors, and each has a unique flavor and texture. But one thing they all have in common is how easy they are to work with in the kitchen. You can add crab to almost any dish and have it turn out a hundred times better than the original. Take this recipe for simmered lemongrass crab legs, for instance. You could use the same ingredients and most of the same steps for any other shelled seafood, but it would be a shadow of the taste compared to crab. The same can be said for adding crab to pasta, soups, over salads, or making a casserole or patties. Adding crab simply makes things better. It's not just the flavor, either. Crab has a host of health benefits.

Benefits of crab include:

  • Great source of lean protein
  • Low calorie
  • Low fat
  • Vitamins and minerals such as selenium and vitamin B12
  • Omega-3 fatty acids

A few tips before you begin

You can use thawed or frozen crab legs for this dish, so if you're in a hurry, you don't need to worry about rushing through the thawing process before you begin. You can substitute powdered garlic for the fresh garlic, but you'll be missing out on the interesting undertones that fresh garlic provides. The overall taste will be similar, but if you can get fresh, go for it. It's well worth the extra effort! Ginger comes in all kinds of forms, and it's usually okay to use ginger powder for recipes. In this case, we strongly urge you to use fresh ginger or crushed jarred ginger instead. The taste difference is staggering, and when showcasing beautiful crab clusters like this recipe, you want the very best. Dried lemon grass can work, but increase the amount to taste. You should be able to taste it very clearly in the boiling water before you add the crab legs.

Directions

  1. Combine water, lemongrass, garlic, ginger and salt and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.
  2. Rinse any ice glaze from frozen Alaska Crab under cold water. Add crab legs; simmer for 6 to 8 minutes for frozen crab or 3 to 4 minutes for thawed crab, until heated-through.
  3. Remove crab from liquid and drain well before serving.

Cook's Tip: Serve with melted Ginger Butter.

What did you think?

Did you try our simmered lemongrass crab legs? If you've tried this recipe, we'd love to hear from you in the comments. If you're ready to get started on this crab recipe or any others, we have a wide selection of Alaskan crab legs available, so jump over to the store and buy crab legs here!





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