Indulge in the exquisite flavors of the sea with our sumptuous Baked Crab Legs in Butter Sauce recipe. This culinary masterpiece elevates the humble crab legs to a new level of sophistication, tantalizing your taste buds with every succulent bite. Whether you’re hosting a special dinner party or simply craving a gourmet seafood dish, this recipe promises to impress even the most discerning palate.
The tradition of cooking crab legs dates back centuries, with various cultures around the world incorporating these delectable crustaceans into their cuisine. From coastal regions to bustling city markets, crab has remained a beloved delicacy cherished for its sweet, delicate meat. Our recipe pays homage to this timeless tradition while infusing modern flair with a rich, buttery sauce that enhances the natural flavors of the crab legs.
- 1 lb (453.59g) king crab legs
- 4 tablespoons (56g) unsalted butter, melted
- 3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon garlic)
- 1-2 teaspoons (4g-8g) Creole seasoning
- ½ tablespoon (7.5ml) lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon (3g) chopped chives or parsley
- Lemon wedges to serve
1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) to ensure it reaches the optimal temperature for baking the crab legs to perfection.
2. Prepare the Crab Legs: Before cooking, carefully cut the crab legs in half lengthwise using kitchen shears or scissors. This step allows the flavorful butter sauce to penetrate the crab meat, ensuring every bite is infused with deliciousness.
3. Create the Butter Sauce: In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, minced garlic, and Creole seasoning. Microwave the mixture for approximately one minute, then remove and stir in the lemon juice until well blended. This luxurious butter sauce will impart irresistible flavor to the crab legs.
4. Coat the Crab Legs: Using a brush, generously coat the crab legs with the prepared butter sauce, making sure to distribute it evenly across the exposed flesh. Reserve any remaining sauce for serving, as it adds an extra layer of richness to the dish.
5. Bake to Perfection: Place the coated crab legs on an oven-safe pan or baking sheet, then transfer them to the preheated oven. Bake for approximately 5 minutes or until the crab legs are heated through and the butter sauce is bubbling and fragrant.
6. Garnish and Serve: Once baked to perfection, remove the crab legs from the oven and sprinkle them with freshly chopped chives or parsley for a vibrant burst of color and flavor. Serve immediately with lemon wedges on the side for squeezing over the tender crab meat.
7. Enjoy the Culinary Delight: Sit back, relax, and savor every mouthwatering bite of our Baked Crab Legs in Butter Sauce. Whether enjoyed as an elegant appetizer or the centerpiece of a gourmet seafood feast, this exquisite dish is sure to leave a lasting impression on your taste buds.
Indulge in the unparalleled taste of fresh crab elevated by our signature butter sauce, crafted to perfection for the ultimate culinary experience. Bon appétit!