Saturday, March 28, 2009

Picture a Day - Day 116

Did you know you could make a meal fit for a king in under 10 minutes?

Captured your curiosity didn't I? Don't worry, you'll get it back after the post today.

I won't lie, I didn't think this up. I stole it all from Alton Brown, but we've done it a few times now and mine comes with pictures. So take that Alton.

I love crab legs, but I've never wanted to tackle getting a huge pot of water boiling and then dump the poor little things in. Not to mention trying to decide just when it's all done. But there's a much easier and faster way.

Apparently when the little crabs are first caught they cook them all at the dock for easier freezing. Then those are shipped to the grocery stores who will thaw them for you. So you'll want to buy your crab legs the day you're making them. That way one they won't go through another freeze/thaw cycle (I fear my molecular background is showing again) and you won't have to thaw them yourselves.
All you need are some paper towels and saran wrap.

Wet the paper towels pretty good and place the legs within them.
Then wrap the whole thing in saran wrap to contain the moisture and pop it in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.
Since all you have to do is really warm it up, it only take 3 minutes and you have fully flavored moist crab legs to delve into. With the giant pot of boiling water the poor things get too watered down (not to mention it takes forever), but with the microwave technique you get these lovelies super fast.
Mmmm, I almost feel like having some more right now. Too bad we ate them all last night.

This has been another edition of Sabrina likes to find the fastest easiest approach to making food. Thank you.


Chesney said...

that's one dinner I can say I do NOT like - hate sea food (but my boys favorite)!

Anonymous said...

I think the reason why they cook crabs upon catching them is once they die (and are not cooked) the crab releases something into its meat making it either poisonous or inedible. Talk about a good defense mechanism, hey?

Myself, I'm allergic to shellfish, so I'll let you have all my crab. :P

Linda said...

How did I miss that episode of Alton? Thanks for passing on the tip. We love crab. I can't wait to use that!