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VIDEO: How to Crack Crab Legs

It's not as tough as it seems.

Hi Everyone, 

I'm John Johnson, the Executive Chef at River City Casino and Lumiere Place. Most people call me Chef John. I'll be here to give you tips on easy ways to cook at home, as well as tips for ordering meals at restaurants. If you have something you'd like to see or learn...just ask!

Guests love our crab legs, but some people struggle with getting them open. Watch as I show you the easiest way to get to the crab meat.

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Chef John Johnson April 24, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Part 2: Remove shells from shrimp and hold shrimp for later. In large stock pot sauté the shells in oil until that start to brown. Stir frequently. You should begin to see a nice golden color form on the bottom of the pan. The shrimp shells will give the dish a better shrimp flavor in the final product. Remove all the shells and add bacon and ham hock. When bacon is half cooked add onions and whole garlic. Cook for an addition 5 minutes until onions begin to brown and wilt. Add vinegar, chilies and collard greens. Cover with enough cold water to cover collards. Cover with lid and cook for 2 hours on low heat. Remove from heat and drain. Hold greens in a bowl. Place liquid in refrigerator and cool until fat get hard on top. Remove and separate the fat from the liquid. Pull the meat from the ham hock and hold. Now your ready to cook shrimp. In hot pan add 3 tablespoons of the fat from the collard greens and sauté the shrimp and ham hock meat until the shrimp is done. Add the collard greens and serve over your favorite rice. Hope you enjoy the recipe and let me know if you have any questions.
Ashley Anderson April 24, 2012 at 09:41 PM
This is awesome! I'm a huge seafood fan, but can never cook it right at home. I'm going to try the crab recipe and maybe I can teach my bf how to eat them lol.
Chef John Johnson April 24, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Please don't be afraid to ask questions. If you need any help or fall into trouble please send me a quick note. I try to reply as quick as possible. Let me know if there are any other recipes you'ld to see.
Ashley Anderson April 25, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Thanks Chef John. Where's the best place to get crab legs if you're buying for a family- rather than a huge casino :)
Chef John Johnson April 25, 2012 at 09:15 PM
I go to Whole Food in Brentwood. They always have a pretty good selection. It is worth buying the larger leggs over the smaller one. Of course Alaskan King Crab are the best and they are expensive. I prefer the Alaskan Snow crab over the Canadian Snow Crab. Great flavor without killing my wallet.

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