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King Crab Legs with Garlic-Butter Sauce

King Crab Legs with Garlic-Butter Sauce


 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.

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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.

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King Crab Legs with Garlic-Butter Sauce


2 servings


  • 1 – 1 ½ lb king crab legs
  • Homemade Old Bay seasoning (about ½ teaspoon per 1 quart of water)
  • Salt
  • 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.

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Cook with pleasure!


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