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Brian Kennett

Amateur Chef and Boozy Traveling Foodie Extraordinaire

Best Baked King Crab Recipe: with Burnt Butter Sauce, WOOF!!!


Picture of Brian Kennett

Brian Kennett

Amateur Chef and Boozy Traveling Foodie Extraordinaire

Baked King Crab: Back from Malacca and in a food spin. What to do? Dinner fast approaching for family K. In a strange moment, I came up with Baked King Crab with Burnt Butter Sauce. Well, it is certainly a new recipe for me. I really was desperate to try and make a burnt butter sauce and made the bold assumption that it would work really well with King Crab. According to the feedback from the family, it worked very well. It worked very well indeed. They now want me to try it on prawns, and maybe even on lamb but changing the herb to Thyme or Rosemary. I love my family. My biggest supporters and ideas-house!!!

You really should try this recipe, it’s quite simple and it is a CRACKER. Here cometh Baked King Crab with Burnt Butter Sauce;

best baked King crab recipe with burnt butter

Holy cow – for a family starter, seriously, you really are lucky buggers… Best Baked King Crab Recipe: with Burnt Butter Sauce.

You will need – for a starter for 4 people;

  • I popped to the local supermarket and bought some pre-cooked King Crab pieces as above;
  • 3 packs of fresh flat-leaf parsley – roughly chopped;
  • 200g of salted butter;
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice;
  • Sea salt and cracked Kampot black pepper;
  • 2 Tsp of finely chopped garlic;
  • 2 lemons – one for the first squeeze and one for plating;
  • Olive oil.

Here we go – follow the steps for the Best Baked King Crab Recipe folks;

  1. Put the crab pieces in a roasting tray;
    1. Drizzle with Olive Oil;
    2. Give a good sprinkle of sea salt and cracked black Kampot pepper;
    3. Give a squeeze of lemon #1 all over;
    4. Pop that in the oven at 180 until the crab is hot – take it out and plate it on a nice serving tray as above;
  2. Dressing;
    1. Put the butter in a pan and get on medium heat until melted;
    2. Drop the temperature down to low and cook for another 2 minutes or so until the butter browns;
    3. Off the heat;
    4. Stir in garlic, lemon juice, 3/4 of the parsley, and give a good pinch of sea salt & cracked black pepper;
    5. Taste test – should be sour, savoury, and sweet all in one;
  3. Plating;
    1. Drizzle the sauce all over the crab as per the picture;
    2. Sprinkle the remaining fresh chopped parsley over the top;
    3. Cut the remaining lemon into wedges and pop on the corner of the plate.

And that is that folks. Get that plate on the table and watch your family become magicians. It will disappear. Best Baked King Crab Recipe with Burnt Butter Sauce was an absolute cracking dish. That sauce is stellar and will be used in several different ways on different dishes. Watch this blog for that to come folks. I loving the Lamb Rack idea with Burnt Butter Sauce and Thyme. Bring that one on!!! So give this one a go. Replace Crab with Prawns or a firm white fish if you would prefer. This sauce is now firmly in the ChillaxBBQ menu options for our future guests. Have a crack – ENJOY!!!

1What ingredients are needed for Baked King Crab?You’ll need king crab legs, butter, lemon juice, spices (e.g., paprika), and optional herbs.
2How long does it take to bake king crab legs?Typically, it takes around 20-30 minutes at 375°F (190°C) for perfectly baked king crab legs.
3Can I use frozen king crab for baking?Yes, you can. Thaw frozen king crab legs in the refrigerator before baking for optimal results.
4What’s the recommended spice blend for Baked King Crab?A mix of smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper adds a flavorful kick.
5Should I pre-cook king crab before baking?No, pre-cooking isn’t necessary. Baking directly enhances the natural sweetness and tenderness.
6Can I add garlic butter to Baked King Crab?Absolutely! Melt butter with minced garlic for a flavorful garlic butter sauce to drizzle over.
7What’s a good side dish for Baked King Crab?Serve it with lemon wedges, a fresh salad, or garlic butter-dipped bread to complement flavors.
8How do I know when king crab is fully baked?The crab meat should be opaque and firm, easily flaking off the shell when pierced with a fork.
9Are there variations of Baked King Crab recipes?Yes, variations include Cajun-spiced, herb-infused, or Asian-inspired marinades for diverse flavors.
10Can I grill king crab instead of baking it?Yes, grilling is an excellent alternative. Wrap seasoned crab legs in foil and grill for a smoky flavor.
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