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Top 7 King Crab Recipes

Crab Legs and Claw with Veggies and Butter

We recently marked the official start of summer, and there's no better way to welcome the season than with a delicious meal of decadent king crab!

While you might be satisfied with a simple platter of juicy crab meat, there are plenty of ways to get creative with this entree! Today, we're sharing seven of our favorite king crab recipes to inspire you in your home kitchen. 

1. Garlic Butter King Crab Legs

Few things go better with seafood than delicious garlic butter! This recipe highlights the rich flavors of the dipping sauce while still giving the crab space to shine. 

To prepare the garlic butter, melt 1/2 cup of butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Then, add 1/2 of a head of garlic or around five cloves. Sautee slightly, and add the juice of 1/2 a lemon or lime. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees, and let the butter simmer while it warms. 

In a 9x13 baking dish, arrange two pounds of king crab legs. Brush each one with the butter. You can also use an injector to add a little to the meat. Pour the remaining sauce over the crab, and put the dish in the oven for about 25 minutes. Every five to seven minutes, baste the legs with the sauce at the bottom of the pan. 

2. King Crab Sandwiches

Switch up your typical lunchmeat sandwiches by using king crab instead! This makes six servings but keeps well in the fridge, so you should have enough for the whole week! 

To make the spread, bake 4.5 pounds of king crab legs for 30 minutes at 375 degrees. Season the legs with two tablespoons each of minced garlic and lemon juice and one tablespoon lemon pepper. When they're cooked, shred the meat with two forks. 

Then, it's time to make your mayo base. This includes:

  • 1 cup light mayo
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion

Mix the crab meat with the mayo mixture, along with 1/2 cup of clarified butter, or ghee. Then, add it to your bread along with some romaine lettuce, and enjoy!

3. Drunken King Crab Legs

Summer nights call for your favorite recipes, along with your favorite ale. This recipe uses it brilliantly to bring out the flavors of the king crab! If you have a large stockpot with a steamer insert, you're ready to go.

In the stockpot, add three bottles of premium ale, along with three lemons and one head of garlic (each halved). Add the crab legs in the insert and cover. Steam the legs for about five minutes, or until the crab is thoroughly cooked. 

Serve with drawn butter and you'll find yourself going back for seconds!

4. King Crab Dip

Get your party started with a bowl of king crab dip and your favorite fancy crackers. In a large bowl, mix the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup cooked king crab meat
  • 2 tablespoons minced green onions
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried dill
  • 1.5 teaspoons dry white wine (or 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Light and fresh, it's the perfect summertime staple. Serve chilled for an easy dish that impresses.

5. Stuffed Mushrooms With Crab Meat

This dish only looks difficult. It's easy to make and turns into a meal once you add steamed veggies as a side dish. To make it, you'll start with six medium portobello mushrooms.

First, remove and dice the mushroom stems. Mix the diced stems with the following:

  • 1 pound cooked king crab meat
  • 1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Place the mushrooms on a baking sheet. Slice them 3/4 of the way and add the above mixture. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes, or until the mushrooms look cooked. Then, broil them for four minutes, and you're ready to eat!

6. Fruit Salad With King Crab

The addition of fresh fruit livens up the king crab, creating a light dish that's perfect any time of day. 

Start by slicing up a few of your favorite fruits, such as:

  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Oranges
  • Granny smith apples
  • Mango

The quantity depends on how big you want your salad to be. Generally, one of each fruit should suffice. Then, add one pound of king crab, along with:

  • 1 cucumber, sliced thin 
  • 3 tablespoons of chopped green onion
  • 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2/3 cup high-quality olive oil

You can also add chopped cilantro or mint to your fruit salad if you prefer. Chill this dish for a few hours before serving to give the flavors time to meld. 

7. Grilled King Crab Legs

You've had them baked and broiled, but have you ever thought to throw your king crab legs on the grill? It's a delightful, surprising dish that you'll return to all summer long. 

Start with four pounds of crab legs. Heat your grill to medium-high. Using olive oil spray, spritz the crab legs all over until they are fully coated. Place them on the grill, then cover and cook them for about seven minutes, or until the center meat is completely cooked.

When you're ready to eat, use a sharp paring knife to slice each leg along the side. This way, it's easier to get the meat out! Serve on a platter with lemon wedges and melted butter to put an entirely new spin on the backyard barbecue.

Try These King Crab Recipes Today

What are you waiting for? These seven king crab recipes are the perfect way to liven up your tastebuds and treat your guests to a hearty, scrumptious meal. 

Whether you're in the mood for something light or you're craving heartier fare, we've got you covered. As you plan your meals, don't forget that we also offer a great selection of live Maine lobster, as well as other fresh fish including flounder and cod. Feel free to shop our full selection online and contact us with any questions.

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