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Crab with Spicy Garlic Butter Sauce
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins

This recipe for Crab with Spicy Garlic sauce is to die for. Its buttery, garlicky and full of flavor. The best part is you can get in ready in 30 minutes or less.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crab legs, crab with spicy garlic butter sauce, garlic butter dipping sauce, seafood boil sauce
Servings: 3
  • 1 kg (2.2 pounds) crab
  • 1/2 cup 113 g (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 5 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoons cayenne
  • 1/2 tablespoon red chilly flakes
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 teaspoon pepper powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 Lime , cut into wedges
To cook crab:
  1. Wash the cleaned crab a couple of times in cold water and keep it aside.
  2. Bring a pot of water to boil. (Use a pot large enough to hold all the crabs or else cook in two batches)
  3. Once the water boils, add the washed crab, 1 lime, 2 bay leaves, and cook till it turns pink.

  4. Drain and keep aside.

To make the sauce:
  1. Melt butter in a heavy-bottomed pot large enough to hold all the crabs.

  2. Turn the heat to medium-low until the butter melts and take care so that the butter doesn't burn.
  3. Add the bay leaves and the garlic and cook till you can smell the aroma of garlic.
  4. Now add the spices (paprika, cayenne, coriander, cinnamon) and stir for a minute to get rid of the raw flavor of spices. Add the vinegar, pepper, and salt. Taste and adjust the flavor if needed. (Be careful when doing so as the butter will be very hot.)

  5. Place the drained crab in a big bowl and add the sauce. Toss it to coat well.utter.

  6. Optional: Add the crabs to the pot with butter sauce. Cover and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring it every five minutes and coating all the crabs with sauce.

  7. Transfer the crabs onto a serving plate. Serve with fresh cut limes and sauce in a bowl.

Recipe Notes

To save time while cooking, you can boil the crab and start making the sauce simultaneously. Add the level of spice as per your taste. This seafood boil sauce recipe can be used for other seafood like crawfish, shrimp and clams.

You can also add corn and sausages too.