Can You Microwave Crab?

So you are sitting there, contemplating your navel, until your thoughts give way to a pre-installed human need – hunger. But rather than getting up to go to the pantry and see what cracker box you can scrape some crumbs from, you sit there, still deep in thought.

However, your thoughts have moved from wherever they were – that’s not our business – onto a category that decidedly is our business – seafood. Yes, we are a local chain of seafood restaurants here at Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill. With family-friendly restaurants in Sebastian, Jensen Beach, Stuart, Lake Worth, Vero Beach, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, and Singer Island, we are never too far away for tourists and locals alike to get their hands on some world-class seafood.

What’s more, we are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of the year. And if you are sitting there, no longer contemplating your navel to any degree, but instead are frowning thinking to yourself, “I don’t like seafood; I like LANDfood.” Well, the first thing we would say in reply is that you sound like a child, so maybe work on your attitude. The second thing we’d submit is that you are in luck, as we have a wide variety of seafood and landfood options. From breakfast platters filled with waffles, sausages, and eggs done any style to Steak Gorgonzola Flatbread and no-nonsense Southwest Burgers, there is something for everyone here at Mulligan’s. You don’t have to be a seafood nut to enjoy a kid-friendly restaurant’s atmosphere, weekly Family Night, or an affordably-priced Happy Hour!

Back To The Contemplation

Please excuse the digression; we can get carried away with ourselves when we start writing about all that our waterfront restaurants have to offer folks in Southeastern Florida.

So, let’s get back to the narrative. You are sitting there, hungry, but have yet to move. Why? You are thinking about crab legs – sweet, delicious crab. And not just any sweet, delicious crab. We are talking about Alaskan King Crab Legs. We are talking about a king of a meal with 1 lb Alaskan Red King Crab Legs, expertly prepared at Mulligan’s. Mmmm, sounds really, really good, doesn’t it?

That’s why you haven’t moved yet; you won’t settle for cracker crumbs or even imitation crab. You need the real deal at your favorite beach restaurant in Vero Beach (that’s us). But here’s the kicker – you aren’t anywhere near Vero Beach, Lake Worth, Jensen Beach, or Florida at all. You’re in Seattle on business, and you are sitting in your hotel room (you’ve been there a while, that’s why you don’t feel like going to the grocery store again, as you are leaving the day after tomorrow).

But you realize, leave you must. For at this point, crab legs are a non-negotiable must. But you don’t do anything without reading our recent post on how to correctly select crab from the market to get the appropriate pre-dressing and picking-the-meat tips.

After you’ve successfully followed our steps, you get back to your hotel room with your crab legs in hand. You are ready to bake your crab legs!

Wait. You don’t have an oven, the company you work for is way too cheap to put you up anywhere with an oven or even a stovetop. But hey, at least you have a microwave. But can you cook these succulent crab legs you just bought from Pikes Place Market in a microwave?

Keep reading to find out.

How To Microwave Crab Legs

Quite simply, yes, you can microwave crab legs, and it is usually fairly easy to do so because most crab purchased is already frozen and has been cooked on the boat or just after docking. This is done in order to preserve freshness, and that is fairly handy because all that is left for you to do is warm it up. So even if you’ve purchased freshly caught crab from somewhere like the aforementioned Pike’s Place Market in Seattle, there’s a chance that even those crabs have been frozen.

For the sake of conversation, let’s suppose it was frozen, because that means you can use a microwave to reheat them.

You’ll want to get a microwave-safe dish that can hold them all without becoming too cluttered. The rule of thumb here is for every ½ lb of crab, add one tablespoon of water. Then, for every ½ lb of crab, microwave between three and four minutes. Casserole dishes make ideal vessels for this process.

How do you know they are done? That’s easy – you can tell by smelling them or touching the meaty part of the leg to confirm they have warmed all the way through.

You’ll find that each microwave has its own peculiarities, and, as such, it’s a good idea to be watchful the first time you use a microwave to prepare crab. What’s more, crab and other shellfish are notorious somewhat notorious for being difficult to reheat. Hopefully these tips will behoove your quest to consume delicious crab, even if you are way too far away from the closest Mulligan’s restaurant location.

Clarified Butter

We’d be remiss if we failed to mention the fact that crab is greatly improved with some lemon juice and clarified butter. Oh, you aren’t familiar with clarified butter? Allow us to briefly explain. Also referred to as “drawn butter,” clarified butter is simply butter that has had its water and milk solids removed. In other words, clarified butter only contains pure butterfat. This gives it a higher smoke point than traditional butter, which means you can cook with it at higher temperatures without worrying about it burning. Another advantage is that clarified butter doesn’t spoil as easily, so you can keep it in your refrigerator for months at a time. Although, if you are in a hotel room, this doesn’t do you much good. However, one final benefit is that clarified butter, while lacking the classic richness of unsalted butter, gives a nutty flavor which complements the flavor profile of your Alaskan King Crab Legs in a unique way. We highly recommend giving it a go!

Come See Us At Mulligan’s

We hope you’ve enjoyed today’s pseudo-story time post. At the end of the day, if you are a Southeastern Florida local or plan on visiting the area soon, we’d love to see you at one of our Mulligan’s locations. Whether you are a crab fanatic or not, we are confident you’ll find something there you will want to try over and over again. The trouble is, there are too many good dishes to try to stay confined to only one choice!

View our menu here, and come see us soon!