The aromatic garlic-and-butter sauce is very important for this recipe. The sauce gives this sea treasure a rich taste and flavor.
The simplest and probably the most delicious way you can prepare these crab legs is to reheat or to steam them and serve with a golden buttery sauce.
Almost all frozen Alaska king crab legs are sold precooked. Therefore, they are available all year round. But perhaps obeying my instincts, I still prefer to serve the crabs when they are in season.
For this recipe I cooked the legs with my homemade Old Bay seasoning, which has a mild flavor, made from all natural ingredients, with no salt added.
I was thrilled to serve this tasty crab delicacy with a fragrant garlic-butter sauce, lemon wedges, baguette slices and our family favorite avocado salad. A glass of good chardonnay was a great compliment to the meal.
As I have learned from French cooks and French housewives that nothing should be wasted in the kitchen, I saved the broth and crab shells to prepare a wonderful crab bisque.
King Crab Legs with Garlic-Butter Sauce
- 1 – 1 ½ lb king crab legs
- Homemade Old Bay seasoning (about ½ teaspoon per 1 quart of water)
- 1 lemon, cut into wedges
- 50 g butter
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
- 1 medium clove garlic
- Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
Defrost frozen crab legs overnight in a refrigerator.
In a deep and wide pan or a wide stock pot bring to a boil approximately 2 quarts of water with homemade Old Bay seasoning, lemon wedge and some salt.
Add the crab legs and cook for 3-6 minutes.
Remove the legs from the broth and serve with the garlic-butter sauce, salad and baguette.
For the garlic-butter sauce:
In a small saucepan, melt the butter over a low heat. Add the garlic puree (use a garlic press), parsley and, if using, cayenne pepper. Simmer for about 1 minute.
Cook with pleasure!