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A pot of crab legs tossed in garlic butter.

Crab Legs with Garlic Butter

These crab legs are steamed to perfection, then tossed in a flavorful garlic butter sauce. A simple, yet satisfying way to enjoy fresh seafood, and it takes just minutes to put together! Crab legs make for a great appetizer or main course option.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 206kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 6 pounds crab legs Dungeness crab, king crab, snow crab or a combination of different types
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • lemon wedges optional


  • Place 3 inches of water in a large, deep pot over medium heat. Bring the water to a boil.
  • Crack the crab legs with a seafood cracker.
  • Place the crab legs in the pot and cover.
  • Cook for 5-7 minutes until crab is heated through. If you have raw crab, cook for 10-12 minutes until flesh is red/orange and opaque.
  • Drain the crab legs and cover to keep warm.
  • Melt the butter in the pot. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Turn off the heat and stir in the salt, pepper and parsley.
  • Return the crab to the pot and toss to coat with the garlic butter. Serve immediately, with lemon wedges if desired.



Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 203mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 709IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg