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Boiling crab legs is a quick and easy way to enjoy their delicious flavor. However, the exact cooking time depends on a few factors:

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Here's a general guideline for boiling crab legs:

  1. Fill a large pot with water and add your desired seasonings (optional: salt, Old Bay seasoning, Cajun seasoning, etc.). Bring the water to a rolling boil.
  2. Add the crab legs to the boiling water.
  3. Cook for the desired time:
    • 3-4 minutes for pre-cooked crab legs for a slightly warmed result.
    • 4-5 minutes for pre-cooked crab legs for a more tender result.
    • 4-5 minutes for large, fresh (not pre-cooked) crab legs.
  4. Drain the pot and immediately remove the crab legs using tongs.
  5. Serve hot with melted butter or your favorite dipping sauce.


  • Don't overcook: Overcooking can make the crab legs tough and dry.
  • Adjust the time: Feel free to adjust the cooking time slightly based on the specific size and pre-cooked state of your crab legs.
  • Internal temperature: If you have an instant-read thermometer, the internal temperature of the crab leg meat should reach 165°F (74°C) to ensure food safety.
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