The name 'king crab' calls to mind the Discovery Channel show "Deadliest Catch". The history of catching king crabs existed well before the show. The Japanese first started the practice in the 1930s, and throughout the 1950s and the 1970s. The United States started king crab catching in the 1940s, with the Russians joining them in the 1950s and 1970s. This article details on how to cook Alaskan king crab legs.
King Crab Bisque
-Add 1/2 a cup of chopped onions, 1/2 cup of chopped celery and two (or more) minced cloves of garlic into a saucepan, with three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. -Cook the onions and the garlic on medium heat, until the onions are translucent. -Add eight tablespoons of butter to the onions and the garlic. When the butter is melted, add eight tablespoons of flour and 3/4 teaspoon of salt and pepper each. -Stir the contents until you create a roux. -Add two cups of cream and three cups of milk to the roux. -Stir the mixture until all the ingredients are blended together in the saucepan. -Crumble a pound of king crab meat to the saucepan and stir until, coated with the contents, they begin to boil. -Turn down the heat to a simmer then, add three tablespoons of sherry, and stir the contents of the saucepan. -Serve the King Crab Bisque with a garnish of paprika and parsley.
Drunken Alaskan King Crab Legs
-Add three bottles of ale, six lemons halves and a head of garlic which is split in half, in a pot. -Bring the contents to a boil. -Place a steamer insert in the pot, with three pounds of split king crab legs. Steam the crabs for five minutes, or until tender and thoroughly cooked. -Serve the crab with drawn butter.
Japanese King Crab Salad
Sauce -Place a piece of dried seaweed in a pot holding a cup of water. -Heat the water until it nears boiling point. -Remove the pot from the heat, then add 1/2 teaspoon of bonito flakes. -Stir the mixture and let it sit. -Add 1/2 a cup of rice vinegar, 1 1/2 tablespoon of miran or sugar, three tablespoons of soy sauce, and lemon juice to the dashi (the water and seaweed mixture). -Stir the mixture. The crabs -Place three to four pounds of king crab legs in a steamer insert, and add enough water to the pot so as to steam the crabs. -Heat the water to boiling point and let the crabs steam for five minutes. -Remove the crabs from the steamer and pour them into a large bowl. -Add the sauce to the legs and stir them together until the crab legs are completely coated. -You may now serve them.