Steamed Snow Crab Legs 

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I absolutely love steamed snow crab legs. They’re sweet, succulent, and oh-so-satisfying. This recipe is fool proof and so easy to do! The crab legs will be ready in minutes.

Steamed snow crab legs on a white plate with cajun butter on the side.

These tender, juicy crab legs are perfect for any occasion, but I love to enjoy them in the summertime the most. To me the summer and seafood go hand in hand.  You don’t need a fancy setup, just a large pot, some water, and a steamer basket or strainer insert. In no time, you’ll have a seafood feast.

Some people like to add seasoning to the actual crab legs, but I enjoy them steamed with nothing so you really taste the flavor.

And let me just say, I don’t know who was the first to think of eating crab legs, but I want to thank them personally. They really knew what they were doing!

Ingredients for this recipe

All you need are two things to make these steamed snow crab legs.

Frozen Snow Crab Legs- Two and a half pounds, with the ice rinsed off.

Water- Three cups for steaming.

How to steam snow crab legs

In a large pot with a steamer basket or strainer insert, add three cups of water.

Place the crab legs in the pot, cover, and turn the heat to high. Once the water boils, steam the crab legs for 10-15 minutes.

Remove and serve with clarified butter or cajun butter sauce.

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Steamed snow crab legs bright orange on a white plate with a side of cajun butter.

Steamed Snow Crab Legs

By August DeWindt
Ready in minutes, this recipe is fool proof, anyone can make it! You'll be enjoying sweet succulent crab legs in no time.
Prep: 0 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 ½ lbs snow crab legs, frozen, ice rinsed off
  • 3 cups water


  • In a large pot with a steamer basket or strainer insert, add the water.
  • Add in the crab legs in the pot and turn to heat to high. Cover and let the water come to a boil.
  • Once boiling, steam the crab legs for 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove and serve with clarified butter or my cajun butter sauce.



Calories: 60kcal | Protein: 13g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 601mg | Potassium: 145mg | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: August DeWindt
Prep Time: 0 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 60
Keyword: Seafood
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