I ended up getting some snow crab legs on sale at the market. I wanted something a little different from plain steamed, boiled, or grilled crab legs, so I ended up throwing a few things together to make this awesome crab leg dish. Enjoy! This would be great with shrimp as well.

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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cut a slit, length-wise, into the shell of each piece of crab.

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  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat; cook the garlic in the butter until translucent; stir in the parsley, salt, and pepper. Continue to heat mixture until bubbling. Add the crab legs; toss to coat; allow to simmer in the butter mixture until completely heated, 5 to 6 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

520.1 calories; protein 43.6g 87% DV; carbohydrates 1g; fat 37.5g 58% DV; cholesterol 274.2mg 91% DV; sodium 1030.7mg 41% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2008
I have been saerching for garlic crabs for the longest time. my sister told me to try all recipes and i'm glad i did. It was an easy and tasty process. 2 thumbs up lol Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/22/2012
Although it was an easy and tasty way to cook crab legs, the mess was incredible! Imagine trying to pull apart crab legs that are covered in butter! Why didn't I think of that before serving this dish? You will need a million napkins and a good sense of humor because your hands will be covered in herbed butter. Read More
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213 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 172
  • 4 star values: 27
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2008
I have been saerching for garlic crabs for the longest time. my sister told me to try all recipes and i'm glad i did. It was an easy and tasty process. 2 thumbs up lol Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2011
My favorite recipe ever! Split the shells before you throw the crab legs in. Once done remove the legs and pour the butter sauce into a dish for dipping....mmmmm good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2009
I only really wanted a sauce recipe, and this delivered. Instead of crab legs, I was making pasta, so I doubled the recipes and added about 2 1/2 tablespoons of flour to thicken it. It was delicious! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/22/2012
Although it was an easy and tasty way to cook crab legs, the mess was incredible! Imagine trying to pull apart crab legs that are covered in butter! Why didn't I think of that before serving this dish? You will need a million napkins and a good sense of humor because your hands will be covered in herbed butter. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2010
Recipe author here - just a note that you can use any crab for this recipe, not just snow crab. It's also great with shrimp, scallops and even muscles (pre-steam muscles, and toss this sauce with them once cooked)! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2009
We had these on Christmas Eve! Easy and just made the house smell wonderful! Thank-you for the recipe...will definitely make these again! I did add Old Bay seasoning...for us it's not crab without it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2010
I loved it!!!!! I made this for my husband on Valentine's Day. And he couldn't stop raving about how flavorful and moist the crab legs were. The only change i did was adding some old bay. This was my first time working with crab legs, so i was a little afraid. I was also afraid that there wasn't enough liquids for the crab legs to cook, but it was perfect. Don't add any additional water or broths. A very simple and elegant meal!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2009
Recipe stands out but I did add this time cayenne and old bay! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2011
I was looking for a butter garlic sauce for shrimp and this worked great, I doubled it and added a pound cleaned shelled shrimp and a cup of sliced mushrooms cooked until shrimp was done then served over angel hair pasta. Sssoooo good Read More
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