Use a large pot for boiling.
You want to use a large 12-16 quart (12-16 liter) stockpot to comfortably accommodate 2-3 lbs (1-1.5 kg) of crab legs. They should be fully immersed for even heating. If the crab legs don’t fit comfortably into the pot, you may need to cook in batches.
Accordingly, can you overcook crab legs?
Do not overcook crab legs. They are already fully cooked and it’s just a matter of heating them through for a maximum of 4 minutes, or until hot to the touch. Over cooking the crab, and letting it sit too long in the water causes the meat to turn yellowish in colour and give it a strong fishy odour.
Regarding this, how big of a stock pot do I need for a crab boil?
Large Pot: If you’re cooking for 10, a 24-quart pot is about the minimum size. Most crab boil pots are best purchased in the 44-quart size. It’s always better to have enough room instead of too little room. Bayou Classic makes an excellent aluminum stockpot with a steam and boil basket.
How do I cook crab legs in a stock pot?
- Fill large stockpot or Dutch oven half full with water; add seafood seasoning and salt. Heat to boiling.
- Add crab legs. Cook 3 to 5 minutes or just until heated. Remove with tongs to serving platter. Serve warm with melted butter.
For backyard use, he recommends a 50,000 BTU burner and a regulator, a safety device that goes between the tank and the burner that will stop the flow of propane if the line ruptures. The height of the burner is important, too. It should not have a high center of gravity in case anybody bumps into it.
A good guideline for any crawfish boil is 3 pounds per person. However, it is important to take your guests into consideration when you place your order. For example, if your guests are big eaters, you may want to order 5 pounds for those individuals.
A 60 or 80 qt. can boil up to a sack (30 lbs.) at a time.