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Fried Crab Legs

Fried crab legs need to be prepared just right. I love sharing my fried crab legs recipe with others so they can taste how great it is too!

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Fried crab legs

You may be a fan of fried foods, but this is probably a bit different from the usual suspects such as deep-fried mac and cheese or even fried chicken. Not many people are thinking about fried king crab legs, but you’d be surprised to find out just how delicious they can be.

With that being said, I’m here to be your guide. If you want to eat fried crab legs and have a good time, they need to be prepared right, and I can’t have you not doing exactly that, now can I?

As we go through, I’ll give you some useful details to ensure that you’re getting off on the right foot as early as the preparation stage, and then we’ll jump into the steps you’ll need to know to get cooking.

Without any further ado, let’s hop to it!

How Do Fried Crab Legs Taste?

Whenever I tell people that I love fried crab legs, this is probably the question I get the most. How does something like that even taste? Of course, there’s also the occasional, “who fries crab legs?”

If I had to choose one word to bring it across, I would use “immaculate.” Yes, I know that’s not a taste. To be more specific, it’s light, savory, and has just the most amazing texture. If you’re a health-conscious eater, it’s perfect for you too! However, if you prefer them juicier, try my baked crab legs recipe instead!

I’m a stickler for tasty food that happens to be affordable too, and this deep-fried crab legs recipe will have you covered on both fronts.

Alaskan crab meat in bowl

How Do You Know if Your Alaskan King Crab Legs Are Bad?

I think this is important to talk about whether you’re dealing with fresh or frozen crab legs. The last thing you want to do is cook a bad batch. If you do, I can’t even tell you the extent of what you may or may not experience. Since we don’t want you to have an unplanned trip to a medical facility, let’s not explore that route. Here’s some simple info to help you:

  • Fresh crab legs should always feel firm when you touch them. Additionally, you will find that their smell is slightly sweet. As they go bad, you will find that the texture becomes more of a mushy one and the odor begins to go off. Discard your crab legs immediately if they sound anything like I just described.
  • Frozen crab legs are the same. Once you’ve thawed them, they should have the same kind of firmness and odor that their fresh counterparts would. So again, once the smell starts to be less on the sweet side and you have a mushier texture, get rid of them at once!

Where to Buy Your Crab Legs

Surely you don’t need to worry too much about where you buy your Alaskan king crab legs, right? That couldn’t be more wrong. Your deep-fried crab legs recipe will not come out the same way regardless of where you buy them, and that’s because not all crab legs are the same kind of quality.

It may sound like a weird thing to say, but I’m being very serious with you. Crab varieties are a thing you should keep track of. Notice how I keep referring to king crab legs and not just regular crab legs? That’s because the two are like night and day.

My suggestion is always to head to a seafood specialty store or some kind of seafood restaurant. Yes, king crab legs are a little pricier than their regular counterparts, but I can guarantee you that it’s a spend you’ll find to be well worth it.

The intention is for you to get fresh king crab legs and not frozen ones. While they’re not my preference, once you have them thaw properly, they should be able to get the job done. If you still want crab but want a cheaper dish to make, I would recommend cold crab dip!

Alaskan king crab on ice

Fried Crab Legs Recipe Timing and Yield

I would say to set aside roughly about 10 minutes for the preparation section and then about six minutes for the cooking time. Using the ingredient proportions alluded to above will yield you three servings of fried crab legs.

Now, I don’t think I need to say this, but this meal is recommended as the main course, especially since it can be served with sides. Nevertheless, who am I to stop you from making it an appetizer?

Serving Crab Legs

After you cook crab legs, you can serve them in a few tasty ways. Corn on the cob, for example, is considered a classic alongside fried crab legs.

A fresh salad with some croutons, balsamic vinegar, and garlic will also go well with your golden brown delicacy.

Carving crab meat on board

Reheating Your Alaskan King Crab Legs

You can reheat fried king crab legs in a pot for 3-5 minutes on medium heat. Alternatively, you can heat it for two minutes in a microwave.

How to Store Fried Crab Legs

If you have leftover fried crab legs, store them in the fridge in airtight containers. They will keep for 3-5 days.

Wrapping Up

This fried crab legs recipe is sure to get you excited and it really doesn’t take much to prepare. If you want a thicker crust, you can double-coat your crab legs in the egg mixture. I would advise you to add more Old Bay seasoning, onion powder, and garlic powder too.

Panko bread crumbs in bowl

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do Fried Crab Legs Taste?

Fried crab legs will have a savory taste and they happen to have a nice, crunchy texture too, unlike boiled crab legs.

Can You Put Crab Legs in an Air Fryer?

Sure. However, I recommend only using the air fryer for reheating, which you can do on each side for about two minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Yield: 3 servings

Fried Crab Legs

Fried Crab Legs

Fried crab legs need to be prepared just right. I love sharing my fried crab legs recipe with others so they can taste how great it is too!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes


  • 3 Alaskan King Crab legs
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 c. Panko bread crumbs
  • 3/4 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning (separated into halves)
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper (separated into halves)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper


  1. We want to start by getting the meat from the crab legs. A carving fork or even a regular fork should be enough to get the job done. However, I know some of you prefer to have the "proper" tools to make your kitchen escapades more convenient. In this case, a lobster pick will make things smoother.
  2. You'll need to clean the crab meat, which is mostly just getting rid of pieces of shell that may be present. To do this, simply rinse the meat under some cold water. You can now set the meat down on a paper towel, folding it over to absorb whatever moisture may be on top. As you know, oil hates water, so the drier it is, the better it fries.
  3. To create your batter, get three large bowls. In the first bowl, put your eggs and your water, mixing them until they are combined fully. In your second bowl, combine your flour, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, salt, Old Bay seasoning (half), and your cayenne pepper (half). In the third bowl, add the Panko bread crumbs along with the rest of your Old Bay seasoning and cayenne pepper. Mix it until there's an even distribution, after which you can go ahead and set it aside.
  4. Now it's time to start heating the oil for your deep-fried king crab legs recipe. Use a deep frying pan if you have one, but feel free to use a dutch pot instead. You don't want it to get too hot. We want no less than 350 degrees Fahrenheit and no more than 375.
  5. As the oil heats, begin breading the crab legs. Start with your flour mixture and coat them well. Shake them a bit to remove whatever excess may be there, but they need to be completely covered before you move on.
  6. The egg mixture is next for the dipping of your crab legs. Hold one end of the leg between your thumb and index finger, and gently lay them on one side in the bowl. Do a quick flip and give a second dip to coat the other side fully. Allow any excess mixture to drip off, then move on.
  7. Pat the breadcrumb mixture onto your crab legs gently to help them stick to the coated meat.
  8. Now, fry the crab legs. Pinch one end and slowly lower them into the pan. Flip them every two minutes until you have golden brown fried crab legs. You can then put them on a paper towel-lined plate to get rid of excess oil.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 405Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 195mgSodium: 2184mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 37g

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