Freezing Crab Legs

frozen crab legs

If you are lucky enough to have enough crab to store some in the freezer for later then you have a couple of options for freezing your crab legs. You can either freeze the crab cooked or uncooked as long as you have cleaned the crab beforehand.

 If you need some help with cooking your crab use our cooking crab tutorial to give you a simple step by step guide.

If you need some help with killing and cleaning your crab use our crabbing guide for assistance.

Getting Started

It’s the same technique as freezing a whole crab; you will want to remove all the pointy leg pieces to avoid poking your freezer bags and possible freezer burn. You can do this by easily snapping off the ends of the legs or by cutting them with some kitchen shears.

Place the crab legs in the sealable freezer bag and use a straw to suck all the air out before sealing in the crab. Make sure the crab is packed in the bag air tight before freezing.

A tip for freezing raw crab legs:

When I freeze raw crab legs I like to add some milk to cover the crab. The milk keeps all the flavors and texture that could be lost if the crab meat has been in the freezer for an extended period of time. Add the crab to the freezer bag and pour some milk over top (you don’t have to cover the crab entirely). Seal half of the bag and use a straw to suck most of the air out, being careful not to suck out the milk. Seal the rest of the bag. Crab frozen in milk will hold its flavor for at least a month more than without.

Remember to mark the date on the bag.

Cooked crab legs will last 4-6 months in the freezer.

Un-cooked raw crab legs will last 2-3 months in the freezer.

When you are ready to eat your crab, take the crab out of the freezer and place it on a baking sheet in the refrigerator overnight to defrost.

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