How to Cook Crab Legs With Garlic Butter

Updated on April 22, 2020
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Delicious Crab Legs With Garlic Butter
Delicious Crab Legs With Garlic Butter

For the Love of Crab

My husband and daughter absolutely love crab legs! It’s a dinner feast that lasts longer than any other meal I serve, as every piece of crab is a like a treasure waiting to be cracked. I truly enjoy serving this meal. I love the family conversations, the butter and juices of the crab spattering across the table, and the laughing and shouting when my other children are accidentally splattered. It's truly hilarious.

Since we're a large family, it's extremely expensive for us all to dine out together. Serving this dinner at home saves a lot of time and money—and it's absolutely delicious! I hope you enjoy this simple crab recipe as much as we do. Now let's get to it.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 9 min
Ready in: 14 min
Yields: Serves 3-4

Necessary Kitchen Tools

  • 16-quart pot
  • Long pair of tongs
  • Small bowl or ramekin
  • Garlic press


For the crab:

  • 3 to 4 pounds crab legs
  • Water
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the garlic butter:

  • 1/8 cup butter
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 teaspoon parsley flakes (optional)

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Tools and ingredients16-quart pot
Tools and ingredients
Tools and ingredients
16-quart pot
16-quart pot

Step 1: Make the Garlic Butter

I always make my garlic butter first to give the butter time to infuse with flavour.

  1. In a bowl, add the butter, pressed garlic, and optional parsley to a bowl.
  2. Microwave for 30 to 45 seconds until almost completely melted.
  3. Stir and let stand.

Garlic butter
Garlic butter

Step 2: Cook the Crab

  1. Fill your 16-quart pot with water about two-thirds full and bring to a rolling boil. Add salt.
  2. Add your crab legs to the pot and bring back to a rolling boil. If the crab was frozen, cook for 8 to 9 minutes once it starts boiling again. If it's fresh, cook for 5 to 6 minutes.
  3. Remove from pot with tongs and serve with your garlic butter. It's that easy!

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Time to cook the crab
Time to cook the crab
Time to cook the crab

Simply Delicious!

Tonight we served our crab legs with steak, salad, asparagus, and the garlic butter, of course!

I hope you found this recipe simple and easy to follow. Enjoy your crab legs and don't forget to leave your comments below.

Crab legs with steak, salad, asparagus, and garlic butter.
Crab legs with steak, salad, asparagus, and garlic butter.

A Crabby Review

5 out of 5 stars from 2 ratings of Crab Legs with Garlic Butter

A 16-Quart Pot Every Kitchen Should Have

16 Qt Stainless Steel Stock Pot w/Cover
16 Qt Stainless Steel Stock Pot w/Cover
Believe it or not, I only purchased one of these pots two years ago; now I don't know how I ever went without! Perfect for crab, corn on the cob, lobster, big batches of chilli and stew! I absolutely love it!

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 months ago from UK

      This looks like a great lockdown recipe. It's a good idea to bring the dining out experience home with food like this.


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