How do you quickly defrost crab legs?

Chef's answer
The best way to thaw frozen crab legs is to put them in the refrigerator overnight (at least 8 hours). If space or time is an issue, you can also put the frozen legs in a colander ($25, Target) in a sink and run cool water over them to thaw quickly.4 Dec 2020
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Perishable foods should never be thawed on the counter or in hot water and must not be left at room temperature for more than two hours. There are safe ways to thaw food: in the refrigerator, in cold water, and in the microwave.25 Sep 2013
Well, hot water would thaw the meat, but it would also start to cook it and it could cause parts of the meat to get above 40 degrees. That's the temperature where microbes can start to grow. Cold water, right out of the tap works great. I just plug up the sink and set in the meat until it's covered with water.2 Aug 2017
Wrong, wrong and wrong. Because frozen food could warm up unevenly, allowing germs to grow, thawing food is a major food safety risk.5 Dec 2013
After the first 24 hours, check the meat periodically to see if it's thawed. Poke the meat through the plastic or turn it over to see whether or not it's done thawing.
Perishable foods should never be thawed on the counter, or in hot water and must not be left at room temperature for more than two hours. ... There are three safe ways to thaw food: in the refrigerator, in cold water, and in the microwave.15 Jun 2013
There are three safe ways to thaw bacon: in the refrigerator, in cold water, and in the microwave. Never defrost bacon on the kitchen counter or at room temperature. They recommend thawing bacon in the refrigerator as a best practice, but, of course, that requires planning ahead.22 Dec 2017
Depending on the thickness of the cut, you should leave your steak to thaw in the fridge for at least 12 hours. Most pieces of meat will need 18-24 hours to thaw properly, and a particularly thick cut could require up to 30 hours.
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