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Snow Crab vs King Crab – explore the differences between the two popular crabs! Whether you’re ordering in a restaurant or cook your own at home, you’ll find everything you need with this complete guide.

Snow crab vs king crab

Learn how to cook snow crab and king crab legs with this easy recipe guide.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Snow crab vs king crab
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Izzy


  • 3-4 pounds crab legs snow crab or king crab
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley plus more for garnishing


  • Thaw crab legs in the fridge the night before. (If you forget to thaw them before cooking, you can place them under cold running water for about 15 minutes.)
  • Preheat oven to 375°F (191°C).
  • In a small bowl, mix together melted butter and chopped parsley.
  • Place the crab legs on a baking sheet and brush with the butter and parsley mixture.
  • Bake for 7-8 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle more fresh parsley on top.
  • Serve with lemon wedges and melted butter.


  • Make sure you don’t overcook the crab legs, otherwise, they can get rubbery and chewy.