Steamed Crab Legs with Six Sauces

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Steamed Crab Legs with Six Sauces

Steamed crab legs are a delicious canvas for all flavors of dipping sauce. This recipe first appeared in our December 2013 issue along with Corey Arnold's article Polar Harvest.

Yield: serves 2-4

For the Crab Legs

  • 1 lemon, sliced, plus halves for serving
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 3 lb. precooked king or snow crab, clusters or legs

For Serving

  • <a href="">Brandy Mayonnaise</a>
  • <a href="">Chive Emulsion</a>
  • <a href="">Clarified Butter with Garlic and Chiles</a>
  • <a href="">Diablo Sauce</a>
  • <a href="">Tartar Sauce</a>
  • <a href="">Ponzu Sauce</a>


  • Bring sliced lemon, salt, and 3 cups water to a boil in a large pot fitted with a pasta strainer or steamer insert. Add crab clusters or legs; cook, covered, until shells are bright red and meat is heated through, about 8 minutes. If crab is frozen, it may take a little longer, 10–12 minutes. Uncover; transfer crab to a cutting board or paper-lined surface. Serve with dipping sauces, or with lemon halves, if you like.