How to Reheat Crabs

Crabs are tasty crustaceans that are delicious in butter or savory soup. Crabs are the less expensive, sweeter crustacean relative of lobsters. 

Crabmeat is a nutritious food, full of vitamins and nutrients. Consuming crab will contribute to a healthy diet and immune system. Crab provides a large amount of B12 which is essential to a high-functioning immune system. Not only is crab a source of Vitamin B12, but the meat also possesses protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and selenium.

Crabs are a tender and tasty treat. You might think that crab would lose its tender nature in the reheating process. Thankfully, you can reheat the crab and maintain the tenderness, texture, and flavor. Inevitably a point in time will leave crustacean lovers wondering how to reheat crabs.

You can reheat crab with the convenience of a microwave or the efficiency of an oven. Those are just two of the many ways in which you can reheat crab. 

Methods for Reheating Crabs

There are many ways you can reheat crabs. We do not all have extensive kitchens, and that is why it is necessary to learn multiple ways to reheat crab. If you do not have many appliances at your disposal, you can still reheat crab.

One way to reheat crab is in the oven. You can use your oven to create steam which will make for a tender crab leg.

Air-fryers are one of the most popular cooking tools on the market today because they are easy, convenient, and quick. An air fryer is a perfect tool for reheating your crab.

Finally, you can reheat your crab in the microwave. Microwave reheating is an easy and crafty way of reheating crab. A lot of foods do not reheat well in the microwave– crab is different! Keep reading to learn the unique method for reheating crab.

Now, here are a few lists of steps that will help you reheat your delicious crab dish.

Reheat Crab in the Oven 

One of the best methods for reheating crabs is steaming. Steamed crab legs are one of the most tender shellfish you can enjoy. You can reheat crab and crab legs using the oven and some liquid. The process will be like eating crab for the first time.  

To reheat crab in the oven, use the following steps. 

  1. Set Your oven temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place crab legs side by side in a deep baking dish 
  3. Fill the baking dish with water so that the crab legs are partially submerged with water
  4. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and poke holes in the aluminum foil. By doing this, you allow the crab to steam during reheating.
  5. Cook for 15-25 minutes, you should begin to smell your reheated crab.
  6. Remove the crab from the oven and enjoy your reheated crab!

Reheat Crab in the Microwave

The microwave is not a bad method for reheating crab. In fact, the method for reheating crab in the microwave is ingenious! Crab legs reheat particularly well in the microwave. Follow these clever steps, and enjoy tender and juicy crab legs.

  1. Wrap crab legs in a moist paper towel
  2. Wrap the moist paper towel in saran wrap
  3. Set your microwave power to low, and add the paper towel and saran wrapped crab legs
  4. Microwave your crab legs for 60 seconds. Microwave the crab in short intervals to avoid overcooking. An overheated crab leg is unenjoyable. Thankfully, the crab leg shell may prevent the crab leg from overheating. 
  5. Enjoy your crab legs with drawn butter!

Reheat Crab in the Air Fryer 

The method for reheating crab in the air fryer is similar to that of the microwave. The air fryer is different because it will give your crab crispiness, and some people prefer this texture. Crispy crab fans will love the air frying method of reheating crab.

To reheat crab in the air fryer, use the following steps. 

  1. Season your crab legs in accordance with your taste preferences
  2. Wrap the crab in aluminum foil
  3. Place the crab wrapped in aluminum foil in the air fryer basket
  4. Fry at 375 degrees Fahrenheit in the air fryer for three to five minutes
  5. Enjoy your reheated crab legs!

Reheat Crab in a Steamer 

While some people prefer the crispiness of an air-fried crab, others love the tenderness of a steamed crab. You can achieve tenderness and juiciness when you steam your crabs. For extra flavor, add beer and water to the bottom of your steamer!

To reheat crab in a steamer, use the following steps. 

  1. At the bottom of your steamer, add water. Add a water and beer mixture if you want extra flavor
  2. Place crab legs in the top part of the steamer, above the water and beer mixture
  3. Heat up the water mixture so that steam reheats the crab
  4. Allow the crab to steam for five to seven minutes
  5. Enjoy your reheated crab!

Reheat Crab By Boiling on Stove

Clearly, the easiest way to reheat crab is by boiling it in hot water. You simply boil water and add the crab for however long you desire. For extra flavor, add lemon juice to the boiling water!

  1. Add a pan filled with water to your stove
  2. Bring the water to a boil
  3. Once the water starts boiling, reduce the heat to medium and add your crab
  4. Allow the crab to submerge in the water for five minutes
  5. Remove the crab from the boiling water and drain
  6. Enjoy your reheated crab!

Reheat Your Crab on the Grill

Do you have a frozen crab leg? If so, the grill is an ideal method of reheating.

To reheat your crab on the grill:

  1. Fire up your grill according to the grill manual
  2. Add the frozen crab leg to the grill– no need to thaw
  3. Grill your crab until it is reheated to your liking
  4. Enjoy your crab!

How to Reheat Frozen Crab 

Not only can you reheat leftover crab legs, but you can also reheat frozen crab legs. One of the most popular ways to buy crab legs is frozen. Since many people do not live on the ocean, it is more difficult to access live crab. Frozen crab maintains the taste and nutritional value of fresh crab. You can thaw your crab leg and enjoy, or you can reheat your crab.

Crabs are like frozen shrimp. You can buy both types of shellfish cooked and frozen. All you need to do is thaw the shellfish, and you can consume it that way. If you prefer warm crab, you can reheat the crab meat.

How To Store Leftover Crab

So you have leftover crab. You either ordered the crab somewhere, or you reheated the crab from the freezer. Now, you need to store your leftover crab. Assuming the crab is not newly bought, you need a container for the crab. Add a lid or plastic wrap to cover the container. Easy peasy.

But here is a hack that is especially good for storing leftover crab in the refrigerator. Add ice packs to the bottom of the container where you store your leftover crab. The added ice packs will ensure maximum freshness for the longest possible time.

How to Store Leftover Crab in the Freezer

Imagine a scenario where you have leftover crab but are unsure when you will have time to consume it. Or, you have reheated crab that you cannot possibly eat in three days. You can store leftover crab in the freezer in a temperature-safe container. Leftover crab can be stored in the freezer for six months.

You can store the crab in accordance with the packaging if you buy crab from the grocery store and the crab is unopened. 

How Long Does Reheated Crab Stay Good?

The duration that crab stays good depends on the storage methodology. Reheated crab will be good for a longer time in the freezer than it will in the refrigerator.

One should always eat reheated seafood in accordance with safety guidelines. Reheated crab will stay good in the refrigerator for two to four days. Always err on the side of caution when eating reheated crab. If you are unsure about your reheated crab, do not eat it.

You can always buy more frozen crab and reheat that as well. Now you know what to do with your crabs!


Crabs are full of nutrients and immune-boosting vitamin B 12. Crab also contains protein, which helps the body function and build lean muscle. Crabs are nutritious because they are high in nutrients and low in fat. 

When you reheat crab, you have to make many selections. You will need to select the method for reheating your crab– oven, stove, microwave, air fryer, or steamer. You must also choose what kind of crab you want to reheat.

Some people have the luxury of enjoying fresh crab. Fresh crab is not an option for people who do not live on the ocean. People who do not live near an ocean can enjoy frozen crab, too. A perk of frozen crab is that it has a long-lasting level of quality and nutritional value.

In fact, frozen crab can last six months to a year. 

Another decision crab lovers can make: whether the crab meat will be inside of a shell or without a shell. The state of the crab will inform cooking methods and preparation efforts. Once you have made the many decisions for crab consumption, you are ready to reheat your crab.

Now that you know how to reheat crabs– try out one of the above methods. Reheating crab is fun and tasty. Eating crab is a good addition to your healthy food repertoire!