How Long Can You Freeze Crab Legs?

I adore crabs more than any other type of seafood. This affinity is due to their distinct flavour, which tastes delectable when paired with rich buttery sauces.

They make a superb evening entrée whether cooked whole or only the crab legs.

When I initially started preparing crabs, I was confused about whether you should prepare them before freezing them and whether you can even freeze cooked crabs.

If you’re in the same situation, keep reading to learn how to make frozen crab legs.

How to Make Frozen Crab Legs?

If you plan to freeze uncooked crab legs, this section is necessary for you:

Never store living crabs in the refrigerator while they are still alive. When crabs die, they discharge harmful chemicals from their bodies.

There are a few things you can do to avoid getting food poisoning. You may:

  • Boil or steam the raw crab legs before freezing crab legs.
  • You should always do a thorough cleaning before you freeze crab meat. Clean the crab(removing the shell and guts) and cook crab meat before freezing. If you are using soft-shelled crabs (snow crab legs), be gentle when you clean them because you might break the tender meat apart.
  • You can also make some delectable crab cakes using your frozen crab meat.

Can You Freeze Cooked crab Meat?

You can indeed freeze cooked crab! Freezer burn is bound to negatively impact both the taste and quality of the crab legs. When it pertains to fresh crabs, it is best to boil them and store them in a freezer bag to avoid any freezer burn.

Boiling guarantees that you don’t get seafood sickness when you eat your cooked crabs, which is essential if you don’t plan to clean the organs before freezing. Boiling raw whole crab legs ensures that there is no bacterial infestation.

What is the Shelf Life of Frozen crabs?

If stored correctly in freezer bags, frozen crab meat can last at optimum quality in your freezer for around six months. Cooked crab flesh will maintain its optimum quality for roughly two to three months.

Can You Freeze King Crab Legs?

Quality is the most prevalent issue when keeping king crab or Alaskan king crab legs in the refrigerator. I recently dealt with the same problem using king crab legs.

Freezing is the most effective method of preserving seafood. However, refreezing can be difficult, especially when dealing with king crabs. The issue with king crab legs is that, like other seafood, they are easily spoiled if mishandled.

Previously frozen crab legs may be refrozen without any problems. However, I do not personally recommend refreezing thawed crab legs since it may cause the meat in the Dungeness crab to become dry and rotten.

Final Thoughts

Freezing king crab legs is similar to freezing other types of seafood. You only need to ensure that you store them in the right conditions.

Can king crab legs be refrozen? You may refreeze them as long as you thaw them in the refrigerator. When you need them, take them out of the freezer and place them in the fridge for several hours to thaw.

However, it is crucial to remember that defrosting is not the ideal choice because it might cause the meat to be stingy and dry.

Finally, it is a matter of personal choice. I hope this was helpful.


Hi there! My name is Caroline Stevens, and I am an American mom of three wonderful children. I started this blog to help everyday families be more sustainable and save money by preventing food waste. I currently live in Wisconsin, and enjoy crafting, cooking at home, and traveling. I have a degree in art and previously worked in the restaurant business.