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How To Reheat Crab Legs: Tips and Tricks for Success

In summary: There are four ways to reheat crab legs: in the oven, on the stove, in the microwave, and in an air fryer.

The crab must be the greatest delicacy you can afford for dinner. But, it will no doubt be an expensive dinner. I’m not exactly sure if it can ever happen to you that you have crab legs leftovers because we mostly enjoy crab to the fullest and to the last tiny bit of it. 

But, let’s say such a scenario has befallen you and you have leftover crab legs from dinner. You certainly don’t want to throw them away. It’s like throwing pearls back into the sea because you don’t wear them.

That’s why we bring you a few simple ways to warm up your king crab legs or snow crab legs perfectly.

How to Reheat Crab Legs in the Oven

To heat the cold crab legs in the oven, you need a glass refractory dish, a little water, and aluminum foil. Besides that, nothing more is needed, but you can add spices if you wish.

Step 1: Preheat the Oven to 350 °F

First, turn on the oven to heat. Set the temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. While the oven heats up, you will have time to prepare the dish. 

Step 2: Place the Crab Legs into a Glass Baking Dish

Place the crab legs in a deep glass baking dish and add 1/2 inch of water to it. You don’t need to soak the crab legs, but the water serves to create steam that will nicely heat the meat and make it juicy.

When you have done this, cover the bowl with aluminum foil and drill two or three small holes in it so that the steam can slowly come out. 

Step 3: Bake for up to 25 Minutes

Place your prepared crabs in an oven and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes. It should be perfectly ready at that time. After taking out of the oven, you can add some melted butter if you like and serve right away. 

Warming Up Crab Legs On A Stove

Reheating on a stove is also a great and slightly faster way to warm up cooked crab legs than in the oven. The procedure is perfectly simple, and all you need is water.

Step 1: Prepare Boiling Water

Put water in a large pot so that the crab legs have enough space to be submerged in water completely. Add a pinch of salt and let the water boil. Do not insert the crab before the water has boiled, as you will not get a nice result. 

Step 2: Insert Crab Legs into the Boiling Water and Cook

When the water boils, insert the crab legs. Make sure the water covers the crab well to cook nicely and evenly. So leave for about 4 to 5 minutes. It doesn’t take more time than that. When done, remove the boiled crab legs from the water and serve immediately. 

Heating Crab Legs In A Microwave

For a wonderful miracle, warming up cold crab legs is one thing that actually comes out really well in the microwave. Therefore, you don’t need to have a guilty conscience if you want to reheat your crabs in the microwave quickly. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: Wrap Each Piece of Crab Legs Separately

Top connoisseurs suggest putting a sprig of dill around each piece, which will give it a nice taste and aroma. Then wrap, again each piece individually, in a wet paper towel. And, the last wrap is a cling film. Since you have a wet paper between it and food, it’s safe to use.

Step 2: Insert in the Microwave and Heat for a Few Minutes

Be careful not to put too many pieces in the microwave at once. You don’t want the crab legs on top of each other, but to have room to warm up well.

If you have more than one piece, you’d better put two or three at a time. Heat the crab legs for two minutes. Then remove them from the microwave and carefully remove the wrappers. Serve immediately to eat. 

Reheating Crab Legs In An Air Fryer 

One of the easiest ways to reheat this delicacy is in the deep fryer. It doesn’t matter if they were in the refrigerator or if you have frozen crab legs. The fryer will handle them without any trouble. You don’t need to prepare anything special, and everything can fit nicely in the basket grates and straight into the fryer. Here’s what you need to do to make a quick reheated crab lunch.

Step 1: Preheat the Air Fryer 370 °F

The first step is to turn on the appliance to preheat. A medium heat of about 370 degrees F will do just fine. During this time, you can prepare crab legs.

Step 2: Prepare the Crab Legs

A more straightforward way is just to arrange the crab legs directly in the fryer basket and put them on the heat. The hot air will warm them quite decently without any additional steps. But if you want a bit better juiciness, you can season the crab and then wrap it in aluminum foil and place it in the basket. That way, it will get moist and be a bit tastier.

Step 3: Bake for about 5 Minutes

When the leftover crab legs are ready, put them in the air fryer and turn it on for about 4 to 5 minutes. That should be enough cooking time for them to heat up perfectly and be ready to eat.



Although it really rarely happens that you have remnants of crab legs, it is not an unimaginable scenario. You may have prepared or ordered too large quantities, and now you have leftovers. Don’t hesitate for a second. Store the leftovers in the fridge, and feel free to reheat them the next day. Be sure to use plastic wrap when placing into the fridge to keep crab meat safe. You can also reheat frozen crab legs, and have a great and glamorous meal.

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