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Baked Crab Legs in Butter Sauce

Baked Crab Legs in Butter Sauce

Dive into Deliciousness: Baked Garlic Butter Crab Legs

Calling all seafood lovers! Craving a taste of luxury without breaking the bank? Look no further than Baked Garlic Butter Crab Legs. This incredibly easy and flavorful recipe transforms ordinary crab legs into a restaurant-worthy dish in just minutes.

A Family Favorite:

This recipe is more than just a meal; it's a tradition. Perfect for a satisfying seafood appetizer or a light main course, these succulent crab legs are sure to become a favorite in your household too. Imagine tender, juicy crab meat bathed in a rich and garlicky butter sauce – pure deliciousness!

Effortless Elegance:

The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity. With just a handful of ingredients and minimal prep work, you can create a dish that impresses. No need for fancy equipment or complicated techniques – just throw everything together and let the oven work its magic.

Ingredients:

  • The Star of the Show:

    • 1 lb (453.59g) king crab legs (or your favorite variety)
  • The Flavorful Butter Sauce:

    • 4 tablespoons (56g) unsalted butter, melted
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
    • 1-2 teaspoons (4g-8g) Creole seasoning (adjust to your spice preference)
    • ½ tablespoon (7.5ml) lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon (3g) chopped fresh chives or parsley (for garnish)
  • The Finishing Touches:

    • Lemon wedges (for serving)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat for Perfection: Get your oven started by preheating it to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius). This ensures the crab legs heat through evenly without drying out.

  2. Prepping the Crab Legs: For easier access to the delicious crab meat, cut the crab legs in half lengthwise. A handy kitchen shear or scissor makes this task a breeze – you'll thank yourself later!

  3. Creating the Flavorful Sauce: In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, minced garlic, Creole seasoning, and lemon juice. This flavorful mixture will be the star of the show, infusing the crab legs with its deliciousness.

  4. Coating the Crab Legs: Arrange the halved crab legs on an oven-safe pan or baking sheet. Using a pastry brush, generously coat the crab legs with the prepared garlic butter sauce. Reserve some extra sauce for later, if desired.

  5. Baking to Perfection: Place the baking sheet with the coated crab legs in the preheated oven. Bake for about 5 minutes, or until the crab legs are heated through. The steaming hot crab meat should be opaque throughout.

  6. Finishing Touches and Serving: Once baked, remove the crab legs from the oven and sprinkle them with chopped fresh chives or parsley for a touch of color and freshness. Serve immediately alongside the remaining garlic butter sauce and lemon wedges for squeezing over the crab meat.

Tips:

  • You can substitute other types of crab legs for king crab legs, such as snow crab or Dungeness crab.
  • Feel free to adjust the amount of Creole seasoning to your desired level of spiciness.
  • Leftover crab legs can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

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