Best way to cook crab clusters

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2009/07/11 05:00:07 (permalink)

Best way to cook crab clusters

I'm going to cook about 10lbs of snow crab clusters for my daughters 30th b'day Monday. I know to use boiling water, but after that???
 
Add salt to the water? How much? How long do I cook them?
 
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    marzsit
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    Re:Best way to cook crab clusters 2009/07/11 05:12:28 (permalink)
    i don't boil, i steam over boiling water in an aluminum chinese steamer (boiling takes away flavor...) until the shells turn bright red, then i do a taste test. crab cooks very quickly and overcooked crab is best used for pencil erasers....:(
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    Re:Best way to cook crab clusters 2009/07/11 10:09:19 (permalink)
    I steam them, as well. I'll usually add some Old Bay to the steaming water to sort of perfume the crab, but it's not necessary. Snow crab clusters are frozen and already cooked, of course, so what you're really doing is heating them up. Sometimes I'll thaw them first in the refrigerator. It doesn't take long to get them up to temperature, if they're thawed, but I always pick a bit of meat out to test.
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    Re:Best way to cook crab clusters 2009/07/11 15:16:04 (permalink)
    I prefer to thaw them also and then steam. You use less heat which I feel prevents further breakdown of the meat. Just out of curiosity, Mike, what are you serving with them?
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    Re:Best way to cook crab clusters 2009/07/11 15:20:41 (permalink)
    I actually bake them-wrapped in foil at 350 for about 15 minutes-I always add Old Bay seasoning....
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    Re:Best way to cook crab clusters 2009/07/11 17:43:58 (permalink)
    I heat mine up on our Gas grill, only a few minutes a side as they are precooked, at least the Costco ones are, $10.99 lb. I mix melted real butter and Old Bay to dip the meat in. 
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    Re:Best way to cook crab clusters 2009/07/11 19:11:08 (permalink)
    chewingthefat

    I heat mine up on our Gas grill, only a few minutes a side as they are precooked, at least the Costco ones are, $10.99 lb. I mix melted real butter and Old Bay to dip the meat in. 


    Oh, yeah, I forgot. I melt butter with garlic granules and black pepper for dipping -- maybe even soaking. 
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    Re:Best way to cook crab clusters 2009/07/12 08:55:08 (permalink)
    Do not add SALT! Sometimes they are salty enough. Just drop into boiling water for five minutes and thats all.Do not THAW before cooking. You can melt some Butter and add OLD BAY and HOT SAUCE at the end.
    post edited by jellybear - 2009/07/12 08:56:51
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    Re:Best way to cook crab clusters 2009/07/13 15:56:22 (permalink)
    Sides, potato salad and cole slaw, fried shrimp, oysters & acallops.

    Thanls.
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