Thursday, July 23, 2009

alaskan king crab legs with butter sauce

Crab House style!

2 lbs. king crab legs
1/2 c. butter
5 garlic cloves
1/2 lemon, juice of
1/8 c. extra virgin olive oil
sea salt (optional)
dried parsley (optional)
1/2 lime, juice of (optional)
crab shears (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 F. In small saucepan, on medium low heat, melt the butter, add garlic and lightly saute. Squeeze in the juice of the citrus of choice. If using a lemon, squeeze the juice into your hands so you can remove the seeds with ease. Turn the heat to low and let those flavors mesh until the oven is nice and hot. Toss in salt (to taste) and a couple pinches of parsley. Then whisk in your olive oil. Turn turn burner off. Arrange your tasty crustaceans in a 9x13 baking dish, brushing each leg with butter sauce. Pour remaining sauce into baking dish. Place in center rack in oven. Bake your crabs for 25 minutes or so depending on the thickness of legs. Work in juices from the pan and onto the legs every 5-7 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle on parsley for garnishing. Using tongs, place crab legs onto a platter and pour remaining sauce into ramekins for dipping.

Quick Steaming Method:
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, set in steam insert (double boiler). Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes. In small sauce pan, melt butter, add minced garlic (optional), and squeeze in lemon juice. Turn off sauce burner. Whisk in 1 tbsp. olive oil add salt and parsley to taste and Voila!!!


  1. This IS what's for dinner tonight!! Do you watch Deadliest Catch?? Makes me not whine when I buy these at the store and enjoyed every single moment!!

  2. Do you buy them fresh and drown them or just buy the legs pre-cut? We love these at our house! I confess I only make these once in a long while.

    I don't watch that show, it makes me feel too on edge!