Spicy Hot Mess Crab Legs with Garlic, Butter, and Parsley

Spicy Hot Mess Crab Legs with Garlic, Butter, and Parsley Recipe
Photo by Grace Parisi

If garlic bread and crab boil had a baby, this would surely be it! Sweet dungeness crab gets tossed in the classic garlic bread mixture — garlic, butter, and parsley — and served with crusty bread to soak up any extra butter. It is a bit messy, but feel free to use the bread as a tasty napkin!

Spicy Hot Mess Crab Legs with Garlic, Butter, and Parsley | Sitka Salmon Shares

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


Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 Dungeness crab clusters, thawed
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Kosher salt
  • ½ lemon
  • Crusty bread for serving and dipping

Directions

Separate Crab

Separate the crab legs from the body. Using a sturdy knife cut the bodies in half.

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, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain well and wipe out the pan.

Stir-fry

Return the pan to medium-high heat and add the butter, oil, garlic, and as much red pepper flakes as desired, and sauté just until sizzling. Add the crab, parsley, and a pinch of salt, and stir-fry until coated with the sizzling mixture. Transfer to a deep platter, scraping all of the butter and aromatics on top and add a squeeze of lemon. Serve right away with claw crackers, bread, and lots of napkins. Dip the crab meat and bread into the surrounding butter and enjoy!


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