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For any true seafood lover, few things are better than hot, steamed crab legs with a bowl of melted butter on the side. At some restaurants, the crab shell has been pre-cut so you only have to lift the meat from the legs with a fork. However, if you decide to buy frozen crab legs to prepare at home, you don't have this luxury. You can make it easier for yourself and your guests to enjoy the crab legs without having to break out nutcrackers and mallets by pre-cutting them yourself, after cooking.

Remove a crab leg from a cluster by twisting it off at the joint.

Turn the crab over so the white side is up.

Cut along one side of the leg from the joint to the tip. Repeat on the other side of the leg.

Remove the cut shell, exposing the meat inside. Cut all the other legs in the same manner before serving. Guests should now be able to pull out whole chunks of crab meat with a small fork.


Serve the crab legs with lemon wedges and melted butter.

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