Chipotle Brown Butter Bairdi Crab

Chipotle Brown Butter Bairdi Crab
Photo by Grace Parisi

Meaty, sweet, and tender, these bairdi crab legs need nothing more than a dunk in flavorful butter. Chipotle adds smoky heat, so feel free to add as much or as little as you like to suit your heat preference.

Chipotle Brown Butter Bairdi Crab | Sitka Salmon Shares

Prep time: 20 min
Total time: 20 min
Serves: 2


  • 1 bairdi cluster (approximately 4 legs and body), thawed
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chipotle in adobo
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ lemon, cut into wedges


Separate Crab

Separate the crab legs from the body and break into segments at the joints. Using a sturdy knife cut the body into 2 pieces.

Melt Butter

In a small skillet or saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the butter is golden and nutty, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in as much of the chipotle as desired. Transfer the butter to a small bowl and stir in the cilantro and a squeeze of lemon. Keep warm.

Steam Crab

Place the crab into a wok or skillet with 1 inch of water and bring to a boil. Cover and steam just until heated through, about 5 minutes. Drain well and transfer to a platter and serve with the chipotle brown butter, lemon wedges, claw crackers, picks, and lots of napkins. Enjoy!

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