Crab Legs with Garlic Butter Sauce

Crab Legs with Garlic Butter Sauce

Background and History:

Crab legs with garlic butter sauce is a seafood lover’s dream dish that combines the sweet, succulent meat of crab legs with the rich, savory flavors of garlic and butter. While the exact origin of this dish may not be well-documented, it’s a favorite in many coastal regions and seafood restaurants, offering a delightful experience of cracking crab shells to savor the tender, briny meat.


  • 2 pounds of crab legs
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Serves: 2-4

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes


  • Thaw the crab legs if they are frozen by placing them in the refrigerator for a few hours.
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Using kitchen shears, carefully cut the crab legs lengthwise to make it easier to access the meat.
  • Place the crab legs on a baking sheet, shell side down.
  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add minced garlic and sauté for about 2 minutes, or until the garlic becomes fragrant.
  • Stir in the lemon juice and chopped parsley. Season with salt and black pepper.
  • Pour the garlic butter sauce evenly over the crab legs.
  • Bake the crab legs in the preheated oven for about 8-10 minutes, or until they are heated through and the meat is tender.
  • Serve the crab legs with extra sauce for dipping.

Nutrition Facts: (Per serving)

  • Calories: 350
  • Total Fat: 22g
  • Saturated Fat: 13g
  • Cholesterol: 140mg
  • Sodium: 900mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0g
  • Sugars: 0g
  • Protein: 36g


  • This dish pairs wonderfully with a side of crusty bread, corn on the cob, or a fresh green salad.
  • Be prepared for a bit of mess when cracking the crab legs, but the reward is worth it.

Allergy Warning:

  • Be cautious of any butter or seafood allergies among your diners. Adapt the recipe as needed to accommodate any dietary restrictions or allergies.
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